Camping Trip

Norv Turner shines a light on two of his stars who've been playing in the shadows. The Broncos have a young stud of their own who will get his first shot to run first-string. Get the latest from both sides as we delve inside the camps.

INSIDE CHARGERS CAMP:

Maybe Quentin Jammer knows how Shaun Phillips feels.

Phillips, a standout linebacker, is often lost in Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman's shadow.

Now Jammer is starting to be overlooked because of Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie. So says his coach, Norv Turner.

It's tough to look past Cromartie and his NFL-high 10 interceptions. But Turner said his other starting cornerback, Jammer, deserved a Pro Bowl nod, too.

"I was disappointed Quentin Jammer doesn't receive the acknowledgment because he is one of the best corners in the league in my mind," he said. "He's certainly deserving to be in the game."

But it's tough to make it without an interception. Jammer is solid in run-support, but he's the only starting defensive back on the Chargers minus a pick.

The Chargers did land eight in the Pro Bowl, with Cromartie and left guard Kris Dielman going for the first time. The others headed to Hawaii are running back LaDainian Tomlinson, tight end Antonio Gates, fullback Lorenzo Neal, defensive tackle Jamal Williams and special-teamer Kassim Osgood.

Turner was surprised, as well, that punter Mike Scifres didn't go. Scifres' 46.5 gross average is third best in the NFL.

"I've been with a lot of punters in the league he's the most unselfish," Turner said. "He's extremely talented and it's a shame he's not in the game."

INSIDE BRONCOS CAMP:

Tight end Tony Scheffler stayed second on the depth chart when the Broncos signed Daniel Graham to a big contract this offseason.

Now that Graham is nursing a high ankle sprain, Scheffler could get a chance to show he can be a full-time tight end. Graham hasn't practiced all week and doesn't know if he will play.

Scheffler has been effective as a receiver coming off the bench, but wants to show he is an all-around player.

"That's what I need to do, is step up and show the coaches that I can be just as effective in the run game as I am in the passing game," Scheffler said.

Scheffler expected to make strides in his second season, after finishing strong his rookie year. He broke his foot in May, which cost him most of the minicamps and training camp. He returned to play, but he still isn't 100 percent.

"The pain is still there," Scheffler said. "I've learned to put it in the back of my head the last month. Hopefully, with the offseason, I'll be 100 percent next year."

Scheffler has had a solid season. He had his first career 100-yard game and a touchdown last week against Houston. Still, despite his 40 catches and 460 yards, Scheffler thought he could have done more.

"It's definitely been frustrating all year," Scheffler said.


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