SAN DIEGO –
“An extra day helped,” he said. “It felt good to get back out there with my teammates. Yesterday was killing me that I couldn’t be out there with them.”
Sproles and first-round pick
Mathews’ size and power contrast with Sproles’ shifty style. The quick Sproles looks forward to sharing the backfield with someone that can make the team better, he said.
Head Coach Norv Turner said Tolbert is a capable running back and that he has a chance to carry the football depending on the flow of the season.
GATES TALKS: Tight end
Gates consulted with the same doctor that handled his 2008 surgery, this time about his right foot, as a precaution. He said the doctor advised him to stay off the foot for 2-3 weeks.
ROOKIE SPOTLIGHT: It seems like the group of undrafted rookie receivers sees the ball more each practice.
He’s expected to return when OTAs resume June 8.
Turner continued to say it’s too early to pick one out of the crowd, but likes the group of young players his scouts have assembled.
“I really believe we’ll come out with a couple guys that will have careers in this league,” he said.
Said Williams of working with
Banks, a member of the Chargers’ practice squad the last two seasons, became the only receiver participating in Mini Camp on Thursday with experience within San Diego’s offense.
“If those other guys were here, my reps would be cut way down, so I’m just trying to take advantage of everything that’s thrown my way right now,” Banks said. “(Rivers) is the quarterback here, so whenever you get an opportunity to get in there with him and get on the same page as he is, that can only help you.”
OUTTAKE OF THE DAY: Rookie receiver
One of the defensive players, watching from the sideline, said, “I see you, Big Baby Davis!” in reference to Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis, who struggled to maintain his balance Wednesday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals after taking an elbow from Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.
“It’s always nice (for the defense) when (the offense) repeat(s) the play!” Rivers said.
He completed 7-of-9 passes in the drill, including several to Williams, who beat double coverage and got his feet down in the corner of the end zone on the most notable.
BOLTS: For the second day in a row, Smith caught a deep ball during 1-on-1s in the end zone 40 yards downfield, then made a nice adjustment on a shorter pass behind his left shoulder … Mathews spent time working with Running Backs Coach Ollie Wilson on pass protection …
PRACTICE WEATHER: 67 degrees, partly cloudy (a.m.); 71 degrees, mostly cloudy (p.m.)