Training Camp Blog: Lights Out

It's a good-news, bad-news situation for San Diego Chargers fans. The bad news is that there are no more opportunities to watch the team practice, as the last public workout was held Thursday. The good news is that the team turned the lights out just one day before the return of "Lights Out."

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The Chargers conducted a laid-back practice on Thursday as the team prepared for its preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

After focusing on position drills in the first hour of practice, the team engaged in some scrimmages with the first units taking on the backups.

Norv Turner focused on fine-tuning his running game during the early portions of the scrimmages. Philip Rivers spent about 20 minutes handing off to Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert (Darren Sproles was out with a shoulder injury). Tolbert provided one of the day's highlights, breaking a C.J. Spillman tackle and racing up the sidelines.

Brandon Lang -- who is still adjusting to his coverage responsibilities as a linebacker after playing defensive end in college -- just missed out on a couple interceptions. He disrupted a pass from Billy Volek to Josh Reed and another from Rivers to Mathews, although both passes hit the ground before Lang could haul them in.

Jonathan Crompton and fellow rookie Richard Goodman displayed a good chemistry, hooking up for a pair of receptions. Goodman showed good hands and run-after-the-catch skills, but he was denied a hat trick when Eric Weddle picked off Crompton's third pass towards Goodman.

Weddle was impressive throughout the practice, also breaking up a would-be touchdown reception by Jeremy Williams. The rookie from Tulane was denied again later in the scrimmage when a pass thrown his way was tipped by Stephen Cooper and intercepted by Steve Gregory.

Newcomer Quinton Teal was active in the secondary but learned that tight coverage is not enough to stymie Rivers. San Diego's Pro Bowl QB completed two passes into double coverage, once finding Legedu Naanee between Teal and Brandon Hughes and later hitting Seyi Ajirotutu between Teal and Traye Simmons.

Ajirotutu was strong throughout the session, also running a perfect hitch route and making a leaping catch over LB Kion Wilson. Credit Volek for a great throw.

Lightning Quicks

--Antoine Cason intercepted two passes by Jonathan Crompton. The wayward balls were intended for TE Richie Brockel and Ajirotutu, respectively.

--Sproles (shoulder) was unable to practice and is not expected to play Saturday.

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