- The Chargers offense showcased its many weapons during the practice's first offense-versus-defense session. The offense marched right down the field with Philip Rivers starting five-for-five, finding Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates, Chris Chambers, Legedu Naanee and LaDainian Tomlinson in succession. After a pair of incompletion, Rivers found Jackson in the back of the end zone.
- Naanee spent most of the practice running with the first-string offense as the No. 3 receiver. Buster Davis was dressed but limited as he battles a nagging quad injury. The Chargers used Naanee in a variety of alignments, including in a bunch formation with Jackson and Gates that caused matchup problems.
- Cletis Gordon continued his superb training camp by picking off a pair of passes. The first interception came when he undercut a Billy Volek pass intended for Malcom Floyd. The second came during a move-the-chains drill when Gordon baited Rivers into a poor throw.
- While Gordon has cemented his spot as the No. 4 cornerback ahead of fifth-round pick Brandon Hughes, he has little room to ascend up the depth chart, as he is stuck behind three former first-round picks. The least established of the three, Antoine Cason, had a big play of his own on Saturday when he intercepted a Volek offering and returned it 50-plus yards for a score.
- Also getting in on the pass-thieving act was Paul Oliver, who intercepted one of Rivers' passes in the end zone. The secondary as a whole has been very active throughout camp and is responding well to new coaches Steve Wilks and Cris Dishman. This unit looks a lot like to 2007 defense that led the NFL with 30 interceptions.
- Two players who stood out in the defensive front seven were LB Eric Bakhtiari and DL Andre Coleman. Bakhtiari, who spent last season on the practice squad, delivered thunderous hits on RB Michael Bennett on back-to-back plays. He also broke up a Volek pass during a scrimmage. Coleman was highly disruptive and took full advantage of the absences of D-linemen Jacques Cesaire and Keith Grennan, both out with minor injuries. Coleman was quick off the snap and blew up some plays before they started.
- Maybe it's the blond hair; maybe it's another offseason of tireless work. Whatever it is, Kassim Osgood is making some big plays as a receiver. He's become adept at using his large frame (6-foot-4, 204 pounds) to shield defenders and make tough catches. Osgood has great chemistry with backup QBs Volek and Charlie Whitehurst, although that won't do him much good once the real games begin.
- Norv Turner ran an interesting drill where the offense got to execute one play from the 15-yard line (going in) with two seconds left on the simulated game clock. The first-string offense was stopped by Oliver's interception of Rivers. The second-string offense was stopped when Volek was forced to scramble from the pocket and throw the ball away. That kind of timely red-zone defense would have allowed the Chargers to start 2-0 last season, rather than 0-2.
- On the injury front, top draft picks Larry English (hamstring) and Louis Vasquez (foot) were out of action. Shaun Phillips suffered an apparent leg injury during practice, but after staying down for a couple minutes, he got back up and didn't miss a snap. Fellow linebacker Stephen Cooper went down with an ankle injury. He hobbled off the field and did not return.
- Off the field, the best parts of Fan Fest were the $1 hotdogs and sodas. The worst part? The 20-ounce bottles of water being sold for $5.25 apiece.
CB Cletis Gordon
WR Kassim Osgood
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.