When the team split to the 9-on-7 drills, the running game seemed to be the main focus at the beginning. Philip Rivers set the tone right from the launch, giving LaDainian Tomlinson the rock time and time again. L.T. did was he does best by finding the edge and cruising past the defenders effortlessly.
Working in with the first-string, Darren Sproles received a handoff from Rivers and, with the help from G Kris Dielman, cut up the seam with his astonishing and swift speed. The Chargers' second-draft pick Jacob Hester also found his way into the rotation, running a similar pattern with equal success.
WR Chris Chambers
Rivers continued to dictate the tone and mixed up the play, finding TE Brandon Manumaleuna down the middle. Manumaleuna displayed an impressive ability to catch outside of his frame.
While both Naanee and Davis worked in reps with the first-string at slot receiver, Naanee was the one who provided more of an impact. With a quick step, Naanee continually made himself available down the middle.
Backup quarterbacks Billy Volek and Whitehurst proved successful in the rotation. Volek connected with Naanee with a pass down the middle but, on his second attempt at the same play, first-round draft pick Antoine Cason showed solid coverage and footwork in forbidding another connection between the two. Volek also utilized Hester with a short pass, letting him shoot up the field with power and force.
Whitehurst worked into the rotation but stuck to the running game. He utilized Hester, as well, giving the rookie more practice finding the seam and running the ball up the left side. Whitehurst also found Sproles with the handoff, letting the shifty scat-back shoot through the seam to demonstrate his road-running ability.
Hester will be the player to watch as he shows the versatility and natural field sense. He has a powerful force and impactful body control that will allow Norv Turner various options for the offense.