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Practice Report: Key Observations as the Bolts Return to Practice


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Virgil Green made an athletic grab downfield, high-pointing the ball and securing it as he hit the ground.

Adrian Phillips read the play perfectly near the goal line, breaking up a would-be touchdown.

Cardale Jones showed off his athleticism and cannon arm on the same play, escaping pressure by rolling right before firing an absolute bullet on the run to Sean Culkin, who made the diving catch.

Damion Square burst through for a would-be sack.

Keenan Allen hauled in an impressive catch over the middle during the two-minute drill.

Dylan Cantrell made several fantastic catches, but none were more impressive than the full-extension fingertip grab he made downfield to haul in a Cardale Jones bomb.

Philip Rivers fired a laser to Keenan Allen in the back of the end zone.

Nelson Spruce ended practice with a touchdown off a smokescreen in the red zone aided by a block by Andre Patton.

Roberto Aguayo was perfect on his attempts today, making all eight with a long of 53 yards.

Patrick Afriyie cut in off the edge for a quick sack of the QB.


Ricky Henne's Take: Dylan Cantrell had another tremendous day on Thursday. The sixth-round pick had at least four spectacular catches, including one on a double move that froze the corner. Cantrell has a knack for making contested catches, and now I want to see him do it when the Bolts line up against the Arizona Cardinals in only nine days. Other players who caught my eye were Virgil Green, who had two big-time receptions, and Adrian Phillips, who made a spectacular play on the ball near the goal line.

Hayley Elwood's Take: The Bolts' sixth-round pick, Dylan Cantrell, has had a really impressive camp the last few days. Today was another solid day for him as he was like a magnet, making a number of really great catches when the ball was thrown towards him. His progression throughout the rest of camp will be interesting to watch.


The Chargers signed WR Marcus Peterson and CB Channing Stribling shortly before the start of practice. They also placed CB Jason Verrett and TE Austin Roberts on the Reserve/Injured list.

Derwin James was activated from the Non-Football Injury list and practiced for the first time this training camp.

Today was Youth and High School Football Day, showcasing the Chargers' commitment to recognizing football at all levels.

The Bolts placed an emphasis on the two-minute drill.

The Chargers take the field again on Friday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Here is how you can attend in person.


"He looked comfortable today. It's one of those situations where we don't want this to linger, so we're being overly cautious. If it was up to him, he wanted to go two days ago. He probably could have." – Head Coach Anthony Lynn on S Derwin James

"Well, the thing that stands out in the first couple of weeks is the competition. It's been good. I think the defense, (Defensive Coordinator) Gus (Bradley) has done a great job with those guys. It's their second year in the system. A lot of times, they know what we're doing and we kind of know what they're doing. So, the competition gets pretty intense. When that happens, you get a chance to see the guys in competitive situations." – OC Ken Whisenhunt

"It's always good to have a quarterback that knows exactly what he wants. Before the coach can even get to you, he's already darting over to you to let you know how he wants things done. Having everyone on the same page like that is awesome." – TE Virgil Green on QB Philip Rivers

"I'm very comfortable. I feel like I'm able to play in the box because I'm a much bigger guy — [bigger] than most other guys. I feel like it's fun in there. You get to move around with the big guys and like I said, anywhere on the field they need me to play, I can play there." – S Derwin James on playing in the box


The Bolts continue with Training Camp practice as Day 5 helps promote local youth football programs.

Chargers Training Camp has kicked off! Click here for information on attending one of the several open practices between July 28 and August 23. To celebrate football being back, we're giving away two 2018 season tickets! Click here to enter for your chance to win.

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