Chargers Roundup

Coach Norv Turner isn't shy about letting a young player know when he does something wrong. His salty language is usually heard numerous times during a practice. But one guy not on the receiving end -- this summer -- is league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson. That wasn't the case back in 2001 when Tomlinson was a rookie and Turner was the team's offensive coordinator.

"He didn't' miss a chance to tell me I wasn't in college my rookie year -- let's just say that," Tomlinson said. "When I did the wrong things and went the wrong way or dropped the ball, he'd be, 'Hey man, this is not TCU anymore.'"


--Turner was saddened by the recent passing of coaching legend Bill Walsh.

"The last year-and-a-half being in San Francisco was fun for me because I got to spend a little time with Bill and talked football with him," said Turner, who was on the 49ers' coaching staff last year. "He was really interested in (49ers quarterback) Alex Smith."

-- Right guard Mike Goff clipped his hair, which went well beyond his shoulders during the offseason. He donated his hair to Locks of Love, an organization which makes hair prosthetics for children 18-and-younger who have lost their hair for medical reasons.

"I just did it because I thought it was a good cause," Goff said.

--Why is LaDainian Tomlinson smiling? For the first time in his career he has all five offensive linemen returning. That bunch did a decent job last season in opening holes for Tomlinson to set single-season league marks in rushing touchdowns (28) and total touchdowns (31).

"I'm excited about that because those guys know me and I know them."

--T.J. Cottrell, the son of defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, is among the five tight ends in camp. T.J. was a ball boy in Buffalo when his dad coached with the Bills.

--The Chargers are eager to not face the same distractions as last year, when off-the-field incidents clouded the team's focus. That included LB Steve Foley being shot in a drunk-driving incident and SS Terrence Kiel being arrested at the team's facility by DEA agents -- both players are no longer with the team.

"I think we learned from some of the past mistakes," CB Quentin Jammer said. "I don't think anything like that will every happen again."

--The team drew an estimated 15,000 for a practice at Qualcomm Stadium.


"You know, I'm pulling for the Chargers. We had a great five-year run. Only two other teams in pro football (Indianapolis and New England) had a better record in that span of time than we did."

-- Ex-Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, on keeping tabs on his former team.


Malcom Floyd vs. Craig Davis for starting WR

This competition has taken a new sense of urgency with starter Eric Parker likely to miss the first month of so of the season with a toe injury. Floyd has always been a favorite target of Philip Rivers' as the two used to spend hours throwing to each other when they were backups.

Davis is the apple of the Chargers' eye after they burnt their No. 1 pick on him in the April draft. While many are touting Davis, coach Norv Turner said Floyd has opened his eyes.

"Everyone is interested in a couple of other guys, but I really am impressed with Malcom Floyd," Turner said. "Because I think he is taking steps to be a complete receiver.

Davis, though, also had a good week. "We want to get Eric (Parker; toe) back as soon as we can, but Craig is going to be a factor in our football team."


Clinton Hart vs. Eric Weddle for starting SS.

Hart missed some time with a hip injury, which gave the rookie Weddle more opportunities to run with the first team. And it was obvious the chose wasn't too big for the versatile Weddle. "Eric has shown great range," Turner said. "He has very good short-range quickness and breaks on the ball."

Darren Sproles vs. Craig Davis for PR

Sproles missed last season with a broken leg, but has rebounded nicely and is showing the quickness which routinely makes special-teamers miss tackles. But Davis is going to push him during the camp. But Sproles is confident he can hold the rookie off. "They have my running with the (first team) and I've looked pretty good out there."

Billy Volek vs. Charlie Whitehurst for backup QB

Whitehurst got to run the No. 2 team more than usual this week. But Volek remains the backup to Philip Rivers and should keep the job unless something out of the ordinary happens.


WR Craig Davis is competing for starting jobs at wide receiver and punt returner. ... S Eric Weddle continues to push Clinton Hart for the starting strong safety spot. ... CB Paul Oliver, who was drafted in the supplemental draft, is trying to make up for lost time as he didn't participate in any of the offseason minicamps. "I'm learning; I'm picking up things as quickly as I can," said Oliver, a Georgia product. "I'm starting to feel better and better by the day." ... ILB Anthony Waters is running with the second team.


--WR Eric Parker (toe) is out for 10 weeks after surgery.

--DE Igor Olshansky (groin) has been slowed in the early days of camp. But it isn't considered serious.

--WR Vincent Jackson (leg) returned to practice this week; he had a minor leg injury.

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