Training Camp Report: 8/11

The Chargers resumed training camp on Saturday and's Anthony Gentile was at Chargers Park to see the action. How were carries divvied up in Ryan Mathews' absence? How effective was Charlie Whitehurst in live action? Which defensive lineman suffered an injury? Read on for those answers and a full recap.

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Brown carries first-team load in place of Mathews

In the team's first practice since losing starting RB Ryan Mathews for at least four weeks to a broken collarbone, Ronnie Brown took a majority of the starting snaps in the backfield. Brown was only spelled briefly in first-team action by Curtis Brinkley, who made an impressive diving catch during the 11-on-11 period.

Starting units split results in two-minute drill

On the first two-minute drive, the offense needed only two plays to score. After an incomplete pass, Philip Rivers connected with a wide open Robert Meachem down the field for a 65-yard touchdown. The offense methodically drove inside the red zone on the second drive, but the defense tightened up close to the goal line. On fourth down from the 12-yard line, defensive pressure forced Rivers to scramble outside; he lost control of the ball before being sacked by returning LB Jarret Johnson.

Whitehurst sees extended time with second-team offense

Though he didn't appear in Thursday's game, backup QB Charlie Whitehurst ran almost all of the plays with the second offense Saturday. Whitehurst led the second unit to a touchdown during the two-minute drill, capping the drive with a 30-yard TD pass to TE Dante Rosario. The Bolts' backup looked sharp in the blitz period and caught one of his own passes in the first-team session after CB Shareece Wright deflected a screen pass back in his direction.

Gates, Brown wow the crowd

During the blitz period, Antonio Gates caught a pass in the flat and turned around SS Atari Bigby with an inside spin move. Later, Gates added a nice catch near the sideline in the 11-on-11 session. Vincent Brown made the best catch of the day, laying out to haul in a pass from Whitehurst during the blitz period.

Defensive vets provide big plays throughout practice

Quentin Jammer made the best defensive play of practice in the 11-on-11 period, wrestling the ball away from Meachem for an interception on a deep pass. During the inside-run session, Shaun Phillips made tackles for losses on consecutive plays, yanking down Brinkley the second time Phillips got in the backfield. Antoine Cason received cheers with pass breakups against Meachem and Michael Spurlock.

Lynch starts in secondary with Weddle sitting out

Corey Lynch lined up opposite Bigby in the starting secondary as Eric Weddle missed practice with a sore hip. Lynch stopped runs close to the line of scrimmage with physical play in both the inside-run and 11-on-11 periods.

Garay goes down with injured ankle

During the last session of practice, Antonio Garay injured his left ankle and trainers examined it for minutes before Garay eventually stood up and walked around under his own power. The sixth-year defensive lineman walked around gingerly on the ankle before being carted off the field.

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Anthony Gentile is a San Diego area journalist and University of San Diego alum. Follow him on Twitter at @_anthonygentile.

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