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Notes from Day 5 of Chargers training camp

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The fifth day of training camp was a big rest day for veterans who have been in the NFL for nine or more years. With guys like Rivers and Mebane getting some rest, back-ups like Tyrod Taylor were able to garner the lion’s share of the reps with the first team.

Younger guys like Kyzir White and Jaylen Watkins also got the day off which shouldn’t be surprising since both missed most or all of last year due to injuries.

Since Mike Pouncey is now one of the more veteran players on the team, he got the day off with the rest of the old guys which allowed Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp to be on the field for the majority of first team reps at center and left guard, respectively. After splitting the majority of reps at both left tackle and right tackle, Sam Tevi spent Monday’s practice solely at right tackle while Trent Scott held down the left side, exclusively.

Bystanders were apparently treated to a dismal performance by the offense in the team’s two-minute drill. This isn’t the most surprising thing as the defense is at full-strength while the offense was down Rivers, Gordon, and Russell Okung. It would’ve been way more surprising to hear that the offense had their way with the defense.

After coming up limping following a play where he was hit low, Detrez Newsome was back on the practice field doing his normal thing. Thankfully, it looks like he’s going to be just fine.

We don’t need any other running backs missing time, for one reason or another.

Hunter Henry spoke with the media following Monday’s practice and he had nothing but positive things to say about how he’s feeling and overall, how it feels to be back out there with his teammates.

Most notably, he feels spectacular in the passing game while noting that he is still getting back in the rhythm of the run game (i.e., his normal steps, tempo, fundamentals, etc.).

Williams had another great day as the third-year wideout made it look impossible for him to drop a pass. He made contested catch after contested catch with defenders draped all over him. Always a good sign.

However, Jeff Miller of the LA Times tweeted out that Williams was seen hobbling a bit when the team wrapped up practice for the day. It doesn’t seem like it’s anything disastrous at the moment but this is definitely something to keep track of over the next 48 hour before their first break.