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Bolts Buzz: Chargers Get Taste of "Real Football" in Pads

Return of the "Super Suits"

For the OC Register, Jack Wang recapped the Bolts' first padded practice.  Since the team hasn't been in pads since the last game of the 2016 season on January 1, there was high anticipation for what the practice would bring.

As Wang explained, for players like Andre Williams, putting on the pads can be a transformative experience:

"I like to call my pads my super suit," Williams said Tuesday. "I always feel good when I get to put my super suit back on. It's been a long time."

Indeed. Through the offseason program, NFL teams were limited to non-contact drills — using May and June primarily for schematic instruction and installation. The Chargers began training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Sunday, but their first two sessions were done in shorts and shells.

That finally changed on Day 3, when the players finally put on gear they would use in an actual football game.

"Everybody's itching for it," Williams said. "You finally put them on, you get your bell rung, you get a couple of bruises — then you're all, 'Dang, it's back to real football.'"

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Wang also gave his detailed practice report for Tuesday's camp.

LA Times' Dan Woike highlighted the kicking competition between Josh Lambo and Younghoe Koo.

Will Hernandez of USA Today's Chargers Wire discussed how Jason Verrett's return to action may come sooner than later.

ESPN's Eric Williams explained how Antonio Gates will get to see LaDainian Tomlinson enshrined in Canton.

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The first full-contact practice increased intensity on day three of Training Camp.

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