*A roundup of news and notes about the Los Angeles Chargers. *
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On ESPN.com, Eric Williams recapped the Chargers’ first training camp practice at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa. It was not the Bolts’ first camp held up north, as they held practices at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2003 and 2004. The latter being Philip Rivers’ rookie season.
Unsure of what the crowd reaction would be like after a low turnout more than
decade ago, Rivers and company were pleasantly surprised by the raucous turnout on Sunday:
“Literally, I think if you counted them there were about 12 bodies there,” Rivers said, smiling. “I’m being serious, so I wasn’t sure.”
That wasn’t the case on Sunday, as a little over 5,000 fans turned out for the opening of the Chargers’ training camp at their new facility, the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.
Fans shook hands with players as they entered the field, held signs welcoming them to Costa Mesa and waited after practice for players like Joey Bosa, Melvin
Gordon, Antonio Gates and Rivers to sign autographs.
“There’s a lot of excitement, and I think too we have a lot of guys to be excited about,” Rivers said. “We have a lot of guys that fans recognize off the bat. We have a lot of good players all the way through [that] fans recognize and know, either through their college days or what they’ve done in the league.”
Dan Woike from the LA Times discussed the trash talking during Monday’s camp practice and which three undrafted rookies made big plays.
He may have led the league in interceptions last season, but Eric Williams explains how Casey Hayward is “sharpening his skills” covering Keenan Allen.
NFL.com posted how Antonio Gates received Head Coach Anthony Lynn's blessing to attend LT's HOF ceremony this weekend.
The Chargers may be in camp mode, but FOX Sports’ Pete Stella explained how LT is preparing himself for an emotional weekend at the HOF.
Jack Wang from the OC Register explains the prior meeting between Philip Rivers and newest Chargers QB, Cardale Jones.