Practice Report: Top Takeaways from First Day of Chargers Camp

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The Chargers Camp practice report is your one-stop shop for top plays, quotes, notes and more each day throughout the summer.

TOP PLAYS:

Philip Rivers fired a picture-perfect deep pass to Travis Benjamin, who caught the ball in stride and sprinted to the house for a 70-yard touchdown.

Casey Hayward plucked a ball intended for Tyrell Williams out of the air for the defense’s first interception of training camp.

Kyle Emanuel showed no quit, chasing down the running back to dislodge the ball for a fumble.

Mike Williams rose high to haul in the first pass thrown his way this training camp.

Melvin Ingram sliced horizontally along the line of scrimmage to drop the ball carrier for a loss.

Nelson Spruce showed off his crisp route-running skills by deking the corner for a wide-open reception.

Artavis Scott hauled in a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch on a deep ball from Cardale Jones.

Scott also rose high for an acrobatic grab down the left sideline, cradling the ball in as he fell to the ground for a big gain.

Isaac Rochell was a blur off the line, getting into the backfield in a flash for a sure-fire sack.

Geno Smith lobbed a perfect rainbow into the waiting arms of Tyrell Williams for a huge gain.

Justin Jackson turned the corner and then turned on the jets for a big gain down the right sideline.

Uchenna Nwosu dipped his shoulder and got low to blow past his man toward the quarterback.

Austin Ekeler sliced through the middle of the line to break free into the open field.

WHO IMPRESSED:

Ricky Henne’s Take:

Man, it feels great to be back at Jack Hammett Sports Complex! The atmosphere was electric today as the fans really brought the energy. I thought the wide receivers had a solid start to camp, particularly Keenan Allen, who picked up right where he left off a year ago. Philip Rivers found his number one receiver several times, including a pair of nifty back-to-back plays. Fresh off a standout spring, Artavis Scott continued to flash his playmaking ability, and is someone I’ll continue to monitor throughout the summer.

Hayley Elwood’s Take:

Philip Rivers said it best when he described today as a typical first day of camp. Sure, there was the expected rust after six weeks off, but there were also a lot of impressive performances. Artavis Scott was one of those who stood out, as the wide receiver had some really nice grabs and essentially picked up where he left off after minicamp. A perennial training camp highlight maker, Travis Benjamin, also caught my eye with two long completions where he showcased his speed.

Chris Hayre’s Take:

The wide receivers had a good first day. During 1-on-1 work with the defensive backs, Artavis Scott, Nelson Spruce and Keenan Allen all had nice grabs that drew roars from the crowd. The highlight of day one though was seeing Mike Williams participate in his first NFL training camp practice. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he adds tremendous size to this WR corps that already features the Pro Bowler Allen (6-2) and Tyrell Williams (6-4).

ODDS AND ENDS:

Rayshawn Jenkins, Desmond King and Jaylen Watkins all took turns at free safety with the starting defense.

Craig Mager had blanket coverage downfield on multiple occasions, recording several passes defensed.

LaDainian Tomlinson was on hand to welcome fans to the first day of training camp.

Approximately 7,000 fans were in attendance at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

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BOLTS QUOTEBOOK:

“We know there are a lot of expectations on the outside. We have those same expectations on the inside. I think it's not worrying about what we hope and believe is going to happen this season. (We) have to make sure we keep our heads down one day at a time, and we can be really good. There was some good today, some flashes. Again, we have some work to do, but I thought it was a good start.” – QB Philip Rivers

“(The small details) Very important. That’s what makes the team, that’s what brings the comradery together, all the little stuff. The meetings, stuff we don’t want to do, stuff we have to do, and then we come out here and we put it all together.” – WR Keenan Allen

“We already expect the most when we come out here and practice like this. It never matters what anyone says, we know we’ve got a great team and our expectations are high. At every position we’re out here competing, out here finishing. We just want to be the team we know we can be. Yeah, expectations are high, but we make them higher than other people make them.” – RB Melvin Gordon

"I thought it went well. The guys competed. They had some good film on tape to coach. [It was] a good first day." – Head Coach Anthony Lynn

TOP PHOTOS:

Browse through the top photos from opening day as the Bolts kick off Training Camp.

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