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Observations from Thursday's Morning Session

Key plays, notes, quotes, photos and more from Thursday's action.

Top Plays:

Travis Benjamin used his speed to break away on a double move for a deep touchdown.

Casey Hayward had a pair of pass breakups on the day both in 7-on7s and 11-on-11s.

Isaiah Burse had a number of impressive catches, including a full extension dive in 7-on-7s for a big gain.

Melvin Ingram dropped into coverage during the short yardage period and forced an incompletion deep down field, causing his defensive teammates to rush over and celebrate. 

Nick Dzubnar covered ground as he ran to the sideline to meet the running back at the line of scrimmage off a pitch.

James Jones made a leaping grab in 1-on-1s showing his vertical prowess.

Ryan Carrethers penetrated the line of scrimmage and forced the QB out of the pocket to throw the ball away. 

Torrence Allen contorted his body to go over a defender and complete a catch.

Branden Oliver burst through the line for a long run during the short yardage period. 

Melvin Gordon came up with a key third down catch to move the chains.

Jerry Attaochu pounced on a fumbled snap to give the defense possession. 

Chris Hairston shut a defender down before he had a chance to get outside in O-Line/D-Line drills.

Rookie Watch:

Adrian McDonald recorded an interception early in the day.

Hunter Henry had a long catch-and-run on third down, as well as a clutch TD snare in the back of the end zone. 

Joshua Perry met the running back in the hole during red zone action.

Odds and Ends:

Indiana Men's Basketball Coach Tom Crean was in attendance as a guest of General Manager Tom Telesco.

The Bolts held a long practice in pads as McCoy pushed them to their limit.  As a result, the players will take to the field in shells tomorrow.

Today saw extensive work in short yardage and third down situations.

Antonio Gates and Brandon Flowers each received a veteran's rest day.

Who Impressed:

*Ricky Henne's Take: *The wide receivers had a big day on Thursday, repeatedly coming through with big catches.  Travis Benjamin showed off his speed with a smooth double move for a deep TD. Isaiah Burse earned praise from McCoy with his best practice of a strong camp, most notably bringing the crowd to its feet with a full-extension dive for a big gain.  Dontrelle Inman also turned heads with numerous catches.

*Hayley Elwood's Take: *It looked like the players were getting into more of a groove on day five.  With Brandon Flowers on a veteran rest day, cornerback Casey Hayward stepped in for number 24.  Hayward had a strong showing with two pass breakups on the day including a diving one in 11-on-11s.  Seeing him get his hands involved and make potentially game-changing plays will be huge for the defense this season.

Bolt Quotebook:

"I wanted to make sure we pushed them to the limit today and have that championship level of play for an extended amount of time.  I think there are some great battles going on." – Head Coach Mike McCoy

"When you have a quarterback like Philip, it just makes it a lot easier.  You just have to get in the right place and you can get the ball."  – WR Tyrell Williams

"I'm trying to learn from what Antonio does.  We're different players in different ways so I have to do some things a little different some times, but there's a lot of things that can carry over from what he does that makes him such a great player." – TE Hunter Henry

"I love the game and I give this game all I have.  I'm trying to learn as much as I can and that means studying as much as I can.  My whole focus is learning this whole system and knowing it like the back of my hand." – LB Jatavis Brown

#ChargersCamp Fan Corner:

Top Photos:

Here are photos from Thursday's practice at Chargers Park - one of the longest Training Camp practices thus far.

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