Bolt Backers Rock 'The Q' at Fan Fest

Following a week of workouts at Chargers Park, the Chargers hosted Fan Fest 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium. Craig Davis returned to action, determined to prevent a dropoff following the loss of Eric Parker. Fellow rookie Legedu Naanee helped carry the load, as the passing game remained efficient. On defense, usual suspects Shawne Merriman and Jamal Williams came up with big plays.

The Charger Girls were the first on the field, warming up the fans with a dance routine showing off their new uniforms and defensive skills. One dancer knocked down a cameraman as he filmed the performance. The pep was followed by a lengthy autograph session for children age 14 and under.

Head Coach Norv Turner assured fans that training camp is going well and professed his pleasure with the team's speed.

"I think our guys are playing fast and understanding the tempo that we're looking for," Turner said.

Luis Castillo celebrated his 24th birthday with thousands of Chargers fans. He thanked them for coming out and promised that the Chargers are not taking any shortcuts as they prepare to defend their AFC West crown.

"We're working our butts off to do this thing the right way," he said.

LaDainian Tomlinson seconded Coach Turner's notion that camp is going well. The reigning MVP is confident that the competitive nature of training camp will carry over come game time. He also expressed his readiness for the Chicago Bears come opening day.

Once practice got underway, Bill Bradley engaged the secondary in an elimination drill. The group stood in a circle as two footballs were thrown simultaneously by the players. Punishment for a fumble was removal from the ring. Drayton Florence was the last man standing and finished the drill off with a crowd-pleasing back flip.

Craig Davis was back in action after missing Friday's practice because of a knee difficulty. Davis picked up 37 yards on a throw from Philip Rivers, beating Marlon McCree on a deep corner route.

Pro Bowl kicker Nate Kaeding connected on all eight of his field goal attempts. His longest came from 45-yards out, much shorter than the 60-yard kick he made at last year's Fan Fest. Perhaps Coach Turner didn't want to remind the fans of Kaeding's ability to drill long kicks when they count for nothing.

During a full-squad scrimmage, Tomlinson went for an long run up the middle after a hand-off by Rivers. He capped off that drive with a touchdown on an outside sweep, giving fans a sneak peek of what's the come.

The extra time with Ron Rivera is paying dividends for first-time starter Stephen Cooper. Cooper was utilized on a variety of run blitzes, busting up several plays in the backfield.

Ten-year veteran Jamal Williams looked strong as well, batting one pass into the air and coming down with the interception.

While Stephen Cooper and rookie Jyles Tucker were able to shut Tomlinson down from cutting up the seam with the ball, Matt Wilhelm was able to do the same, not once but twice.

Wilhelm was notably at the right place at the right time today. Just after Davis received a pass from Rivers, Wilhelm was there to halt any run from Davis. At the line of scrimmage, Wilhelm added to his stellar performance using his whole body and spider-man arm extension to pat down a pass from Rivers, the ball falling to the ground resulting in an incomplete play.

The defense continued to shine when Derreck Robinson knocked down the pigskin after an attempted pass by Billy Volek. Shawne Merriman contributed a couple of nifty knockdowns, too.

Later, Greg Camarillo was denied the ball while closely covered by Bhawoh Jue, who came away with an interception.

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The next training camp practice will be back at Chargers Park on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.


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