Training Camp Blog: Almost Game Time

The Chargers held a light practice in shells at Chargers Park on Wednesday. The team focused heavily on individual drills as the positional coaches get their players ready for Saturday's game against the Chicago Bears. During the full-team sessions, San Diego worked mostly through the air.

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During Wednesday's scrimmage, the first-team offense worked against the second-team defense and the first-team defense went against the second-team offense.

Philip Rivers enjoyed a successful outing. Rivers' favorite target was Buster Davis, who is back after resting a sore hamstring. Davis had his way with Nathan Vasher, who is working with the No. 2's thanks to the return of Antoine Cason (hamstring).

On the other side of the field, safeties Eric Weddle and Steve Gregory patrolled the secondary and shut down San Diego's second offensive unit. Jonathan Crompton locked onto fellow rookie Jeremy Williams one too many times and paid the price.

The drill's only touchdown came from Seyi Ajirotutu, who beat Donald Strickland to the ball in the back of the end zone.

Billy Volek had a rough go of it during the nine-on-nine session, watching three straight passes hit the turf. One of the incompletions was caused by James Holt, who batted down a ball intended for Mike Tolbert.

Volek fared better in the 11-on-11 session. His best throw in that drill went to Davis, who beat a double-team by Dante Hughes and Vasher.

Vasher was nearly involved in a big play of his own when he broke on a Crompton pass intended for rookie TE Richie Brockel. However, Vasher dropped the ball and spared the rookie QB from yet another turnover.

Vasher made another strong play later on when he broke up a pass intended for Richard Goodman.

As for Crompton, his struggles were far from over. The low point came when he tried to force a ball to Williams despite Darry Beckwith, Kion Wilson and Vasher all being in the area. Beckwith nearly came away with the ball, prompting Coach Norv Turner to ask his green signal-caller, "What are you thinking?"

Lightning Quicks

--Antoine Cason had a strong practice. He broke up a Rivers pass intended for Legedu Naanee and also denied an attempt to Buster Davis.

--Antonio Gates dropped a ball during the nine-on-nine portion of practice for the second consecutive day. It's a rare occurrence for the sure-handed tight end.

--Malcom Floyd sat out with a tight calf.

--Darrell Stuckey suited up but participated only in individual drills.

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