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Practice Report: Key Observations from First Day of Chargers Camp

TOP PLAYS:

Travis Benjamin made a highlight reel grab along the left sideline, showing off his athleticism to high point the ball while barely tapping both feet in bounds.

Branden Oliver brought the crowd to its feet by catching a ball deep down field along the right sideline.

Derek Watt proved to be a security blanket for the QBs, catching numerous passes out of the backfield.

Cardale Jones found Artavis Scott for a 40-yard TD strike.  The pair connected again later for another big gain.

Trevor Williams had sticky coverage all day, and picked off a pass during 1-on-1s.

Michael Davis showed off his length and athleticism by knocking a ball away from the 6-4 Tyrell Williams.

Andre Williams burst through a big hole paved by Kenny Wiggins and Brett Boyko.

Jahleel Addae had a number of run stuffs, including one where he sliced left to stop the running back well behind the line of scrimmage.

Kenjon Barner showed off a nasty spin move after snaring a ball out of the backfield.

Jeff Cumberland got free over the middle to haul in a deep pass from Kellen Clemens.

Isaac Rochell kicked off his very first training camp with an impressive run stuff.

Nick Dzubnar burst through for a sack toward the end of the day.

Hunter Henry ended practice on a high-note with a couple big gains.

WHO IMPRESSED:

Ricky Henne's Take:It was an electric atmosphere at Jack Hammett Sports Complex, and the Bolts fed off the energy.  While there was some rust to knock off, it was a pretty smooth first day of camp.  I thought the defense had a strong showing against the run.  Jatavis Brown, Jahleel Addae, Isaac Rochell and Melvin Ingram all made impressive plays in that phase of the game.  I was also impressed by the cornerbacks.  Trevor Williams showed out during 1-on-1s, while Casey Hayward backed up his talk about wanting to be the top corner in the NFL this year. On offense, I thought the tight ends stole the show with some nifty grabs.

ODDS AND ENDS:

Just north of 5,000 fans came out for the first day of camp.

LaDainian Tomlinson was in attendance, addressing the crowd just days before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kenny Wiggins began the day at right guard, but the team also rotated in rookies Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney.

Dwight Lowery and Tre Boston each saw reps with the first team at free safety.

Keenan Allen made a beeline to a group of fans who climbed a fence with a large sign welcoming the team to Costa Mesa.

The Chargers announced that Mike Williams will miss training camp while on PUP.  Jason Verrett and Darrell Stuckey will be once again evaluated in a few days.

Training Camp is open to the public again on Monday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.  Gates open at 9:00 a.m.

BOLTS QUOTEBOOK:

*"I like being straight forward with the guys, and just keep reemphasizing certain things. I think you can talk about so many things that it can cause confusion. But, we've talked about our values and what we want to look like on the field." – *Head Coach Anthony Lynn

*"This is great to see people here supporting, and being active in our practice.  It gives us the extra energy and boost we need to go out and win football games." – *Tight End Antonio Gates

* "I got to get back out there and do what I've missed the past couple months.  I got to play with my teammates in front of these fans.  They were awesome.  We had a great turnout, and I fed off the crowd.  Their energy was awesome.  We were all shaking off the rust the first day, but we felt them." - * Safety Jahleel Addae

*"(Head) Coach (Anthony) Lynn's presence in the room has been felt. It's been very good. He's very matter of fact and real…He says it like it is. I think guys really appreciate his realness." – *Quarterback Philip Rivers

TOP PHOTOS:

The Los Angeles Chargers take the field for the first Training Camp practice in Costa Mesa.

The first day of 2017 Training Camp is in the books and the excitement is just beginning. 

Bolts fans stopped by the Chargers Photo Bus on the first day of Training Camp. Visit the Chargers Facebook page to see all photos.

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