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Notes from Day 8 of Chargers training camp

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Saturday evening marked the end of the Chargers’ second joint-practice with the Los Angeles Rams in the last three days. It hasn’t been legitimate football, with both teams giving it their all against the other in front of 70,000 people, but at least it’s been a break from Chargers v. Chargers.

It’s been refreshing, with ups and downs across both practices for either team. As always, the magnificent beat writers across the Southern California scope have done a wonderful job of bringing the action of practice to the fans, far and wide.

Here’s all the latest news from today’s practice, highlighted by The Athletic’s Daniel Popper and The OC Register’s Gilbert Manzano.

It was the fourth-straight practice missed by free safety Jaylen Watkins, who is one of three defender vying for the starting safety spot opposite Derwin James. However, incumbent Rayshawn Jenkins definitely has the inside track on the other two as rookie Nair Adderley has also missed the last handful of practices.

Tight end Virgil Green, offensive tackle Blake Camper, and LB Josh Corcoran were also non-participants today.

Not a ton of practice was open to being recorded but they got the important stuff, a.k.a. Forrest Lamp doing literally anything.

Here is one of his 1-on-1 reps against defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, a third-year defensive tackle from Tulane University. In the video. it’s encouraging to see him handle his business against the 6-foot-2, 331-pound defender, keeping Smart from getting within striking distance of the “quarterback”.

Dan Feeney is still the starter and is still the first player at left guard when the team goes into 11-on-11 sessions. Obviously early, I expect the battle between Feeney and Lamp to continue all the way up to Week 1 against the Colts.

Some fans have been asking about Pipkins and whether or not he has done much improving over the last few months. We all know he was selected with longevity in mind. He was never going to get a whiff of the starting lineup in his first year as a professional.

Well, if this video is any indication, the team’s 2019 third-round pick out of Sioux Falls is still every bit of the project they apparently knew they were getting this past April.

At first watch, Pipkins gets a solid start off the line against his competition, outside linebacker Josh Carraway, a former undrafted free agent from TCU. However, it looks as if Pipkins was extremely skittish and couldn’t wait to get his hands on Carraway, leading to a premature punch which winds up leaving the tackle on his back by the end of the rep.

Something tells me we won;t be seeing much of Pipkins once the real football begins in September.

On a brighter note, Trent Scott, who looks to be the chosen one to man-down the left tackle spot in Russell Okung’s absence, had a better day than his teammate during the OL/DL 1v1’s. During the team’s first week of practice, Scott has looked slow and overpowered on most occasions. With not much to write home about, we should continue to cross all our fingers that Okung’s recovery time is not nearly as long as Ian Rapaport noted.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been one of the more exciting players to watch through training camp up to this point. He’s thrown a number of beautiful deep passes and has looked incredibly natural in the offense since he joined the Chargers.

Saturday’s practice brought the veteran down to Earth as the former-Browns signal-caller was picked off twice in 11-on-11s. The first coming towards the beginning of the period.

The team has been lucky up to this point having not sustained any major injuries stemming from training camp activities. There are some guys dealing with nagging tweaks and soreness but nothing too grave, at this point.

Wide receiver Andre Patton limped off the field towards the end of practice and we didn’t get much word on the severity of his injury once the day was finished.

It would almost be more surprising to not see one of these tweets over the last two days. The Rams have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league and will take their chunks just as much as they will give them up against an equally-intimidating Chargers attack.

Casey Hayward is still good, by the way, so put down the pitchforks and relax if you started going in that direction.

Revenge is pretty sweet. Thanks to Mike Davis, the Chargers’ secondary got back at the Rams’ offense when he jumped in front of a Jared Goff pass intended for wide receiver Josh Reynolds.

Just 48 hours after making the play of the day when he corraled a diving catch along the sideline in Costa Mesa, Keenan Allen was up to his old tricks as he was seen sprawling out once more in hopes of bringing in another highlight-reel catch against the Rams’ defense.

Oh hell yeah. This is the content we need.

Old Man Rivers taking to the Rams with a rushing touchdown up the gut is the exact thing I needed on this Saturday night. If we get a Rivers rushing touchdown at any point during the 2019 season, I’ll be one magnificently happy dude.

Won’t we all, actually.

Taylor continued his rough day by throwing an interception on the final play of practice. The Rams got the final laugh this day but we. will. be back.

In his post-practice presser, head coach Anthony Lynn noted that Keenan Allen is doing just fine after his tumble and he was seen by reporters with ice packs around his knees. Hunter Henry left practice early and watched from the sidelines after he told coaches he wasn’t feeling well. He was seen with an IV for the latter half of practice.