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“If it was somebody else, I’d probably be grossed out, but I just wanted to see it.”
That’s the way Branden Oliver described the video of his Achilles injury to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times.
Almost a year removed from his injury, BO has been turning heads at training camp. Fighting for the running back spot behind Melvin Gordon, he says he’s light on his feet and ready to channel all the adversity he’s faced to carve a role in the Bolts offense:
“When he’s healthy, he’s a pretty good running back,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “I think he’s proven that in this league. He can run the ball, he can catch the ball better than I thought, and he’s been picking up the blitz pretty well.”
Oliver displayed his skills on one of his four touches in Sunday night’s preseason opener against Seattle, catching a center screen from quarterback Philip Rivers, weaving through several blockers and defenders and racing 14 yards to the Seahawks eight-yard line to set up the Chargers’ game-opening touchdown.
“It felt good to get my feet wet, to get back out there with the guys and play in a real game,” Oliver, 26, said. “I feel great. Better than normal. I feel light on my feet.”
Jack Wang from the LA Daily News detailed the competition for the starting right guard spot on the offensive line.
The AP’s Dan Greenspan discussed how the Chargers defense has had an energetic week of practice.