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Chargers Set to Bolt Up in Pads on Saturday

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Things kick up another notch when the pads go on starting Saturday.

Ask any Charger how they feel about Saturday morning’s upcoming practice and you’ll see him break out in a big smile.

That’s for one major reason – Saturday marks the first padded practice of the 2014 season.

“I think we’ve practiced as fast as possible to this point in time, but now it’s a little more finishing in certain things you can do,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy.  “Up front it’s hard obviously without pads and there are certain things you’d like to do, but tomorrow it will pick up for sure.”

There are still limitations when it comes to contact, and the players won’t be going full tilt, but the energy definitely picks up when the pads go on. With that comes a more intense practice, which is something the team is relishing.

“It is a lot different with the pads on,” said Ladarius Green.  “The pads mean everything.  That is when you get to go full speed and there tends to be more collisions, so it should be interesting.”

Malcom Floyd echoed those very same sentiments.

“The biggest thing is that it adds some added weight, and it will take us a little while to get used to it, but it will be good for us,” he said.  “It makes it more like a game mode.  Being able to run in pads at full speed at practice is a big factor to get us ready for games.”

No one loves the game of football more than D.J. Fluker, so the chance to put pads on couldn’t come fast enough.

“There is a lot more aggression now with the pads,” he said.  “Without them you get loose and free style a little bit but you can’t touch anyone.  With the pads you get to be more physical.  You don’t have shorts on and little shell pads.  Now you go fully.  Everyone talks a lot of trash saying, ‘Oh if I had the pads on I would have finished you,’ and now you get a chance to prove it.”

Shareece Wright explained how being in pads benefits corners as it gives them a better feel for how to guard wide receivers.

“As far as for corners against receivers, it is good to get that feel of getting our hands on them,” he said.  “It is easier when you use your hands at the line of scrimmage and get to be physical.  It gives you that feel when you need to throw your shoulder in there or getting off the blocks.”

The session will also mark the first time the Bolts’ rookies practice in pads, which is something Jerry Attaochu is looking forward to.

“It’s going to make it more like it was practicing in college,” he explained.  “All the OTA’s and the first two practices in camp were just in jerseys, and it’s harder to practice in that.  So it’s exciting to be in pads and be able to go even faster.”

Perhaps no one summed up how the team feels about breaking out the pads more than Keenan Allen.

“It’s definitely something that we need,” he said with a bright smile. “It’s about time!”

Saturday’s practice is one you surely won’t want to miss, and luckily it is another one open to the public.   Practice begins at 9:20am, but gates open at 8:20am.  Parking and admission to all training camp practices at Chargers Park are free.

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