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Reese Turns Heads on Opening Day of Camp

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Fans loudly cheered seventh round pick Tevin Reese after an impressive first day of camp.


It was the moment fans had been waiting for since May when the Chargers selected speedy Tevin Reese in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

During a no huddle portion toward the end of practice, he lined up out wide with Kellen Clemens under center.  Then Reese showed why they call him “Sweet Feet” as he stretched the defense on a deep vertical route resulting in a touchdown. 

“That is rare speed that Tevin has,” Clemens explained.  “With a guy like him, you just throw it up and he’ll go get it.  It’s tough to over throw him.  He also has great ball skills when it is in the air, so he is going to be a great weapon for us.”

Reese broke out in a big grin talking about that play as well, but gave credit to Clemens.

“He called the play at the line of scrimmage and I just wanted to go out there and make a big play for the quarterback,” he said.  “We were doing two minute and no huddle, and he gave me the look right before he snapped the ball.”

Still, it wasn’t just that big play that had the fans at Chargers Park screaming “REEEESE” throughout the day.   Defenders respect his speed and the threat of going over the top, so he uses it to his advantage to get open underneath.  He showed precision in his breaks as well to separate from the corner on shorter, intermediate routes.

“My speed helps get that separation,” he said.  “With what I did in college and what I put on film, everybody thinks I’m going to run a post or a deep route.  But coach gave me stop routes out there too, so I used my speed best I could on those routes too.”

The Baylor product spent the last month at his alma mater working out to prepare for camp.  In addition to working the jug machine and running routes, he spent some time with his former college quarterback Robert Griffin III as well.  That hard work paid off as Reese made a quick impression on fans as well as his teammates on Thursday.  But how does the wide receiver feel he did on the first day of camp?

“I think I did pretty well, but I’ve always got room to improve,” he said.  “I heard the fans out there cheering for me, and that felt good, but you can’t focus on it because that takes your focus off the field.  But having them be supportive was great. Now I’ve just got to go out there and improve on today.  This has to be just a stepping stone.”

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