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Chargers Ready to "Work Hard and Earn Everything"

Posted Jul 24, 2013

The San Diego Chargers reported to training camp on Wednesday eager to get started on the 2013 campaign.

No matter if you’re a rookie or a seasoned veteran, the start of training camp brings about a wide range of emotions.

Just ask Darrell Stuckey.

“Oh it’s the same each year,” the safety said with a laugh. “It really is.  You feel anxious, excited and a little bit of nerves.  But really you’re just ready to get going.  You wait all offseason for this moment, for this point to get started, and it’s good to be back.  It’s good to be in the locker room and around these guys.  It’s exciting to have everyone back together and ready to go.”

While Thursday marks the first practice of training camp, the team arrived at Chargers Park early Wednesday morning for a full day complete with weigh-ins, meetings and the conditioning test.   Each and every player is eager to make his mark on the new coaching staff immediately.

“Everything you do is being scrutinized and evaluated,” said Danny Woodhead. “Every time we’re out there on that field no matter if its practice or in the preseason games we’re being watched.  There is a camera on us.  So you have to focus on everything we do at the facility, but also stay focused on when you are at the hotel studying.  You always try to get better. I’m excited though.  I’m excited just to get started and try to build off what we did in the offseason.  I’m excited about this team and what we’re capable of.  This is step one right now and we’re going to take each day at a time and try to get better.  That starts right now.”

This year’s first round pick D.J. Fluker agrees with Woodhead, especially regarding the mental aspect of training camp.  He says the biggest difference between training camp at the NFL level versus college is that collegiately it was all physical while with the Chargers it is physical and most importantly mental.

“It’s very different,” he said. “There is a lot more contact in college, while here we are working just as hard but it’s not as physical.  But the mental part is the biggest.  You have to take more mental reps than physical reps sometimes to understand what’s going on.  When I was at Alabama it was full pads and go-go-go, and we’ll correct afterwards and get things in the right order.  Here it’s understanding what you’re doing before you do it.  I think more where my hands are going to go and the technique.  It makes for a sweeter, smoother game.  I like it.”

Kendall Reyes was in Fluker’s shoes just one year ago.  Now, entering his second NFL season, he feels a lot more comfortable.  A ton of praise has been heaped on Reyes over the offseason, but he knows he must go out there and perform up to par to earn his role on the team.

“This being my second year, I kind of know what’s going on and what to expect,” Reyes said.  “Obviously there’s going to be a lot of hard work, but you don’t have that unexpected feeling.  I have a lot more confidence heading into year two.  I feel pretty good.  But I can’t take anything for granted. I try not to listen to what the critics are saying even when it is positive.  I have to go out there and work every day.  It’s a new year.  I’ve got to take it at that.  I haven’t played a single game this year.  I have no stats so it’s a blank slate.  So I’m going to work hard and earn everything.”

That last statement by Reyes, “work hard and earn everything” is one echoed by nearly the entire team.  Malcom Floyd who enters his 10th training camp still carries that attitude with him on each and every play.

“This is where we start heading toward our goal,” said the veteran wide receiver. “This is time for us to gel and get back into the groove of things.  But you have to work hard.  It’s a new staff here, but that is something that never changes.  It’s a new offense and we’re getting used to it.  The offseason was like finals week cramming for a big exam.  Now we’re more familiar with it, but we have to go out there and play as hard as we can all the time in order to reach our goals.”

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