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Notes from Day 3 of Chargers training camp

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The third day of training means one thing. One giant, long-awaited thing: pads.

As is tradition, the Chargers and the rest of the NFL, on their third day of training camp, bring out the pads and have their first full-contact practice of the new league year.

But before we break into the notes and observations from today, I thought I’d share the quick notes that Daniel Jeremiah had after him and the folks from NFL Network stopped by to watch practice yesterday morning.

For the most part, they’re pretty straight-forward. The one that does catch my eye, however, is the note on Artavis Scott. Scott was a preseason standout last year before he was lost for the season after a severe lower-body injury. It looks like he’s come back for limelight as he’s put together a run of solid practices, including today.

Anthony Lynn noted that Watt, who had shoulder surgery this off-season, was held out today after claiming he was experiencing some soreness. Cantrell sitting out might come as a surprise, but one of my loyal followers who was at the practice, mentioned that Cantrell walked gingerly off the field following a catch he made over a defender. This is something to keep an eye on. If Cantrell can’t start looking like his 2018 preseason form, he might be on his way out of LA (as much as that pains me to say).

This is good to see, and not terribly surprising following the placement of Jatavis Brown on the PUP list to start camp. White was the starter for the first three games in 2018 and could potentially win the starting strongside linebacker spot, but it’s worth mentioning that Uchenna Nwosu and White could potentially both be “starters” at that position, depending on what personnel they use (traditional SAM or OTTO).

Just one day after ripping an 80-yard touchdown pass to WR Andre Patton, Tyrod Taylor was at it again, this time hitting WR Justice Liggins down the boundary line for another deep score.

Taylor is killing it and honestly it makes me more excited than I have ever been for the preseason exhibitions. Yeah it’ll be fun to see Rivers and company for a drive or two, but getting two plus quarters of Taylor slinging it will be the highlight of the month of August.

It’s always amazing to see prospects not skipping a beat when they get to the pros. Adderley was a ball-hawk in college and displayed elite range on the back-end over and over again. He’s aggressive, which can obviously get him into trouble, but his instincts always out him in a position to get his hands on the ball.

I cannot wait to see him in August.

For the first two practices, Trent Scott and Sam Tevi split time at both left and right tackle almost evenly. In today’s practice, Scott spent most of his time on the left side while Tevi was in his more natural position on the right.

However, Lynn made it clear after practice that they will continue to swap sides throughout future practices. It’s still not known how long the team will be without Russell Okung, but it could be well into the regular season. I guess we will find out the severity of the rehabilitation process if the team decides to sign any other offensive linemen within the next month.

In what was probably the best quote from a Chargers player over these last few days, Derwin James told the media after practice that Thomas Davis is a “watchdog”. I also like the fact that James already views himself as a leader on this team, even as a second-year player.

If anything, something like this just gets the juices flowing as you start to imagine how fiery the defense is going to be once they hit the field against the Indianapolis Colts in week one.

I was also able to catch ESPN’s Eric Williams on the Twitter.com and he was gracious enough to answer my question on how the running backs are splitting the first team reps. Apparently, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are getting equal reps while Detrez Newsome is also receiving snaps with the 1’s. This may really be a committee when September rolls around, but time will tell.


Don’t forget to follow me on twitter at @zonetracks as we continue to recap the opening practices of training camp.