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Geremy Davis had the play of training camp, snaring a one-handed touchdown grab in the back corner of the end zone with the cornerback draped all over him.
Mike Williams made a full extension snare over the middle in traffic to the delight of the crowd. Later, number 81 blew past the defender for a long touchdown catch down the left sideline.
Craig Mager came down with an interception in the end zone. While it was waived incomplete, it certainly looked like he got both feet inbounds for the pick.
Patrick Afriyie had a strong jolt off the line of scrimmage, separating from the tackle to meet the running back for a big tackle for loss. He also authored a QB sack on the next snap.
Mike Pouncey was strong at the point of attack, freeing up Melvin Gordon for a nifty run.
Geno Smith dropped a dime to Dylan Cantrell for a touchdown during red zone drills.
Nick Dzubnar burst into the backfield to spin the running back to the ground.
Keenan Allen was a wizard in the red zone, snaring three straight touchdowns during one-on-ones.
Artavis Scott caught an arching pass from Geno Smith.
Tony Brown timed his corner blitz perfectly, meeting the quarterback and running back at the exact moment they made the exchange.
Philip Rivers fired a bullet to Tyrell Williams for the TD.
Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown teamed up for a monster run stuff.
Kyzir White dove full extension to break up a pass in coverage.
Ricky Henne’s Take:
Have a day, Mike Williams! The wide receiver showed exactly why he was the seventh-overall selection in last year’s draft with a bevvy of highlight reel catches. Williams has gotten better each day, but Tuesday was far and away his most solid. Whether it was his full-extension snare over the middle with a man in place to lay him out or a 45-yard bomb down field, the wideout is quickly gaining Philip Rivers’ trust. On defense, undrafted free agent Patrick Afriyie had a pair of back-to-back plays that caught my eye. The 6-2, 240-pound defensive end shed the tackle with ease for a big-time tackle for loss, and then on the next play came around the edge for a sack.
Hayley Elwood’s Take:
Head Coach Anthony Lynn said it in his post-practice presser, but Mike Williams had his best day of camp on Tuesday. Frankly, his performance over the last two days in pads has shown why the Chargers took him with the seventh-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s making and completing contested catches while playing more physical, aggressive and even a little more cerebral. While what he’s doing in camp is great, what he does on Sundays will be infinitely more important. Still, his performance has been a welcome sight to see thus far.
Chris Hayre’s Take:
After catching a 40-plus yard reception from Philip Rivers on Monday, Mike Williams had his best practice of camp on Tuesday according to Head Coach Anthony Lynn. There was a specific sequence early in which the second-year receiver was hit over the middle and still managed to hold onto the football. It showed toughness, and it was a play that Lynn said “may have woke him up because after that, he had a hell of a practice.” Williams is gaining confidence and is back to making the types of plays he routinely made as an All-American at Clemson.
ODDS AND ENDS:
Jahleel Addae spent the entire practice at free safety after spending his first three days at strong.
Trevor Williams left practice early with what Head Coach Anthony Lynn told reporters was a sprained ankle. Lynn said he doesn’t think it’s bad.
Former Chargers Kassim Osgood and Antoine Cason were in attendance.
Tuesday’s practice was open to season ticket and waitlist members.
The Bolts have a day off on Wednesday. They’ll return to Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Thursday for a practice that is open to the public.
“Mike (Williams) had his best day today. I think it’s when Denzel (Perryman) knocked the hell out of him over across the middle. I think that may have woke him up because after that he had a hell of a practice.” – Head Coach Anthony Lynn
“I think it's big when we have competition (at wide receiver). We have a veteran group now, so we hold each other accountable and we know the plays we're capable of making. It's competitive, but we're always lifting each other up and it works really well.” – WR Tyrell Williams
“I think Justin Jones is a great player. He’s one of those guys that I’ve seen in my 12 years, I think he’s going to have a great future ahead of him. I think eventually he’s going to be a Pro Bowler.” – NT Brandon Mebane
“I've been talking with a bunch of coaches about how big a year of experience makes. Especially, that rookie year. Coming in, there's a lot you have to get over and acclimate to — physically and mentally. You just keep grinding at it, working at it and trying to get yourself in to see where you fit (along) with, what you're good at and what you need to work on. So, coming into this season, I knew those things. And I've been working at them and as you get back on the field, you're a little bit more prepared.” – RB Austin Ekeler
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