The Chargers Camp practice report is your one-stop shop for top plays, quotes, notes and more each day throughout the summer.
Kyle Emanuel had several strong plays against the run. His most impressive came early in team period when he read the play perfectly and filled the gap to stuff the running back at the line of scrimmage.
Tyrell Williams came back to the ball with Philip Rivers under duress, high-pointing the ball before tapping his feet in bounds for the clutch catch.
Philip Rivers fired deep to Mike Williams, who made a pretty over-the-shoulder catch for a 40-yard gain.
Joey Bosa cut inside on a beautiful stunt, coming straight up the middle to sack the quarterback.
Corey Liuget was a blur off the line, getting to the quarterback in milliseconds for a surefire sack.
Nic Shimonek showed tremendous accuracy on his deep balls during QB drills.
Detrez Newsome hit the hole hard, breaking free before unleashing a spin move to reach the next level.
Kyzir White showed off his speed by beating the running back to the edge, leading to a minimal gain.
Cole Hunt made several catches throughout the day as the 6-7, 255-pound tight end continues to prove reliable as a receiver.
Desmond King read the play perfectly to snare an interception in the middle of the field.
Chris Landrum shed his block and strung the running back out wide, allowing Desmond King to come up and force him out of bounds for no gain. Later, Landrum showcased his speed around the edge, leading to a sack.
Sean Culkin manhandled his opponent, freeing Austin Ekeler up the right sideline for a massive gain.
Hayes Pullard showed off a nifty pass rush move to get to the quarterback.
Justin Jackson somehow found a create in the middle of the line and then was off to the races.
Ricky Henne's Take:
Kyle Emanuel was all over the place today, especially against the run. I counted three plays in which he either dropped the running back behind the line of scrimmage or held him to a minimal gain. Cole Hunt also caught my eye. It's no secret the Chargers need their tight ends to step up in light of Hunter Henry's injury, and the undrafted free agent out of TCU has answered the bell. Chris Landrum also had another strong day, making multiple plays against the run as well as rushing the passer.
Hayley Elwood's Take:
The first day in pads is always exciting and competitive. I thought Kyle Emanuel had a really great day on the field. Frankly, he's had a solid camp so far. As for the offense, Cole Hunt had some really great grabs on the day further proving that the tight end battle is going to be fierce throughout the summer.
Chris Hayre's Take:
Austin Ekeler had a really nice practice. The second-year back popped a long touchdown run and looked explosive all day hitting the hole. Even when Ekeler was wrapped-up by a defender — signaling the end of a play — he broke away and made sure to finish his run. The pads allow for a sounder evaluation of several positions, including running back. On Monday, Ekeler didn't disappoint.
ODDS AND ENDS:
Monday marked the first time kickers attempted field goals.
Kyzir White saw time with the first-team defense.
Country singer Jon Pardi was in attendance.
The next open practice is this Thursday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.
"(Justin Jackson) has eyes on the side of his head. He has really good instincts, and there's no wonder he has so many yards over his career because he can find the soft spot in a defense, and I like that about him. I think he can win his one-on-ones. We'll see though." – Head Coach Anthony Lynn
"Chemistry with the quarterbacks, that's the main thing (I'm working on). Go out there, get the routes down pat, get the chemistry going with all three quarterbacks. Any particular time any quarterback can be in the game, you never know the situation so it's just getting the timing down with all the quarterbacks, that's probably the main thing." – WR Mike Williams
"I never thought I'd play for anybody but the Dolphins, but once they released me, it made me want to be an even better football player. It made me want to prove everybody wrong. I'm excited to be here, I can't wait to help this run game out (and) help this football team do something special." – C Mike Pouncey
"It was a lot of guys flying around and a lot of contact today. All offseason, OTAs and first two days of camp are just shorts and tee shirts, so you know football is different. We have to get used to carrying the pads again and getting that physical side of things going, but all in all it was good." – S Jahleel Addae
Take a look through the top photos from camp, as the Bolts practice in pads for the first time.