Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn waited a year to hold an intra-squad scrimmage, but on Saturday, he got his chance.
The Bolts took to the field at Jack Hammett Sports Complex for the first-ever Blue-White Scrimmage, and according to Lynn, he was pleased with how it went.
“We wanted to make this feel more like a game situation for the players,” he said. “We put them in some game situations, and it felt like it on the field. We believe, the more times we can expose them to this type of atmosphere, the better they’re going to get. You’re always concerned about injuries when you have a scrimmage or a live period, but they came out pretty clean. I’m very pleased with that.”
According to Mike Williams, being able to show out in front of the fans made the scrimmage extra special.
“I wanted to get out in front of them and show them that I can make some plays,” Williams said after the scrimmage. “They were enjoying the day. I appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us.”
With the first preseason game exactly one week away, simulating game-action was of the essence for the Chargers. According to defensive end Isaac Rochell and running back Austin Ekeler, they felt the day prepared them for what’s to come next week when they take on the Arizona Cardinals.
“This was the first time we really got to come out and put everything together,” Rochell said. “So from that standpoint, we need days like that. (Days) where you’re challenged with the long drives. I think the first drive I was out there (for), it was 12-13 plays. I think we got what we needed to get in that real-game look.”
“Whenever you can go live, it really picks up the intensity more,” Ekeler added. “Especially in the short game. To be able to get some of those in practice today, it wasn’t many, but those reps are crucial. We’re trying to take as much as we can out of those and apply them to what we need to work on.”
Ahead of the scrimmage one of the other things Lynn wanted to see was who was going to make plays. One guy who did was Williams, who had a solid day with two touchdowns.
“It felt good,” he said. “During practice, you don’t really get these types of opportunities. You make a play, the ball goes back to where it started. But we moved the ball. I had a few opportunities to go up and make some plays and I made them. So I made a good impression on this scrimmage.”
After today, the team has four more practices before the first preseason game of 2018.
“We’re going to sharpen up everything. We’ve mainly installed all our plays and things like that, so now it’s just sharpening it up and making sure we’re on the same page when we get on the same field.”