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Practice Report: What Stood Out on First Day of Pads

Top plays, notes, quotes and more from Tuesday's action.


Kellen Clemens showed off his wheels as the 34-year old QB tucked the ball on a zone-read for a big gain.

Chris McCain and Jerry Attaochu each used his speed to turn the corner for a sack.

Branden Oliver caught a screen pass off play action, then shake-and-baked his way up field to the delight of the crowd.

Tenny Palepoi, Jahleel Addae and Denzel Perryman converged at once to stuff the running back at the line of scrimmage.

Philip Rivers fired a dart in stride to Tyrel Williams, who hit the turbo button on his way to the end zone.

Austin Ekeler, an undrafted running back Head Coach Anthony Lynn praised earlier in the week, turned the corner off tackle for a nice gain.

Trevor Williams reached high to break up a pass deep downfield.

Hunter Henry showed his feet are as quick as his hands with a toe-tapping catch along the left sideline.

Travis Benjamin pulled in a tough, contested catch over the middle for a gain of about 20 yards.

Kenjon Barner leapt and caught a pass from the QB.  Barner then put a spin move on a defender to spring for more yardage.

Undrafted rookie tight end Sean Culkin had a leaping grab for a big gain that drew cheers from the crowd.

Mitchell Paige, who was signed after a rookie mini camp tryout, used his hops to his advantage to make a grab over the middle. 

The Jones-Jones connection worked as Jamaal Jones took a pass from Cardale Jones into the end zone for a would-be touchdown.


Ricky Henne's Take:The tight ends have really caught my eye over the first three days.  Hunter Henry once again made a pair of highlight reel catches, but it's Jeff Cumberland who has impressed me the most.  After missing all of 2016 with an Achilles injury, the veteran tight end has stretched the field on a consistent basis.  On defense, I thought the D-Line had their best day so far.  They collapsed the pocket to sack the QB on back-to-back plays at one point, while holding firm in the run game most of the morning

Hayley Elwood's Take:Branden Oliver looked like he was in vintage form during Tuesday's practice.  Maybe it was the pads, but BO was energized and the crowd was into it.  He got reps with the first team and laid some heavy blows.  He was physical, tough, and quick.  If he keeps that energy up and stays healthy, he could be a weapon in the backfield.


Tuesday marked the first padded practice of the year.

Dan Feeney saw time as the first-team center while Spencer Pulley took most of the reps.

Josh Lambo and Younghoe Koo saw their most extensive action of training camp.  Each kicker made a pair of 50-yard field goals.

Star of NBC's This is Us Lonnie Chavis was in attendance.

NFL Network's Steve Mariucci and Daniel Jeremiah were on hand.

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


*"I told the guys on the field, I think it was a good day for us to measure exactly where we're at with our techniques and fundamentals, and get ready for the opener. I thought the energy was good.  The assignment was good.  The hustle was good.  No one got hurt, thank God, so it was a good day." – *Head Coach Anthony Lynn

*"(Cardale Jones) came in just three days ago, and we put a lot in already because we had the whole offseason to get those things in. But you can tell he's played on the big stage. He's played at a high level before. He understands a lot of the concepts….He's doing a nice job.  I've been impressed with where he is after a couple of days." – *Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt

*"A lot of good things are taking place.  We were seeing two good and one bad; now it's three good and one bad.  We just need to keep building off of that." – *Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley

*"We have so much speed on offense, it's crazy. I mean, I'm one of the slowest (the wide receivers)!  Our speed, it's just crazy." – *Wide Receiver Keenan Allen


The first full-contact practice increased intensity on day three of Training Camp.

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