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Bolts Finally Practice "Favorite" Drill
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A fan favorite drill made its training camp debut when the wide receivers and tight ends finally went one-on-one with the defensive backs in the end zone.
Always one of the most exciting periods when practiced, it didn’t disappoint on Sunday. Each group had their moments in a strong back and forth session. For instance, Keenan Allen was able to snare a bullet pass for a TD despite strong coverage from Jason Verrett. The next time around, number 22 got his revenge as his position forced an incompletion.
While the players are evaluated in everything they do, they are particularly under the microscope in the one-on-one battle. As such, the two quarterbacks atop the depth chart gain significant insight into their targets during the drill.
“It’s an awesome drill, because a lot of times that is what you get down there,” Kellen Clemens added. “This is turning into a league where corners are premier guys, so you have to beat one-on-one coverage. Every opportunity we get to go against them in a one-on-one situation makes us better as an offense, and makes them better as a defense, so everybody wins.”
No drills elicit more cheers from the crowd than the one-on-ones. However, perhaps the only ones that enjoy it more than the fans are the players participating. Each Charger surveyed admitted they relish the opportunity to make plays under the spotlight. It is also a rare drill that is universally beloved by both the offense and the defense.
“It’s very exciting,” Dontrelle Inman said. “It’s the one thing you look forward to when you go out to practice. You know you are going to be one-on-one, and it is just you and the corner. You don’t have to worry about the safety. You don’t have to worry about anything because it is you out on that island. It’s fun. You get to learn a lot because it is usually press coverage, so you can work on your technique. It is definitely something we look forward to. We like it as much as the fans, and they give us that energy. If we feel like we are at a seven, they bring us up to a 10.”
Not only do the fans and players love it, but the coaching staff benefits as well.
“You see technique and how the guys play certain routes,” Defensive Coordinator John Pagano explained. “The game is about winning your one-on-one matchups, so anytime you can win that you take advantage of it. We like it because we can evaluate certain things from one-on-one film.” Read