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Dylan Cantrell Turns Heads on Day 2 of Training Camp


While the wide receivers as a whole have been impressive since the start of camp, one who really showed out on Sunday was Dylan Cantrell.

The Texas Tech product made a number of highlight reel catches on the day, showing just why the Bolts took the 6-3, 226-pound receiver in the sixth round of this year's draft.

However, Cantrell is more focused on using this time to grow despite how good it feels when the crowd elicits cheers.

"I'm trying to get a groove and get a feel for it," Cantrell said post-practice. "I'm still just trying to learn and get the offense down as best I can and not have to think as much out there. It's definitely coming (along), getting easier and slowing down out there. But today was good. Getting a couple passes and getting a couple balls, having the crowd hype you up, it makes you feel good (and) makes you feel confident."

After minicamp ended, Wide Receivers Coach Phil McGeoghan mentioned Cantrell had the most reps of any receiver during the spring. According to Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn, that work the wideout put in during OTAs is showing right now.

"Out of all the receivers, he probably improved the most this offseason," Lynn said. "He started out slow but got better each and every day. That's kind of how this camp is going so far. Yesterday, he started out a little slow. Today, he looked a little better."

So how does Cantrell parlay those reps to the preseason?

Well, it starts in practice. But additionally, it continues by building a rapport with the guy under center.

While he's looking forward to getting as many reps with Philip Rivers as possible, he's soaking up all he can from the consummate professional.  Even though they don't play the same position, Cantrell cites Rivers as a huge source of inspiration, and someone he wants to emulate as he continues along his career path.

"He's awesome," Cantrell continued. "He's a really good guy overall. More than a football player, he's just a better guy. It's incredible seeing his level of experience. Not only can he make all the throws, but just his knowledge of the game, that's something I've got to follow. I've got to look at it and watch how he does things. Anytime you're playing and going into your 15th year, you're doing something right.  Even though we don't play the same position, I'm trying to soak up all that I can."

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