Highlights from Chargers’ joint practice with Saints on Thursday
A brief look at the Chargers’ joint training-camp practice with the Saints on Thursday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex:
The Saints’ defensive backs came out on top during one-on-one drills, but the Chargers’ receivers responded emphatically during full team drills. Keenan Allen was responsible for one of the top highlights, cradling a pass from Philip Rivers with one hand.
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It was yet another sign that Allen, who tore his ACL in last year’s regular-season opener, is set to reclaim his spot as one of the league’s top receivers.
“I would say he’s still not right where he was,” Rivers said. “He still does look as good as he did, but I think he probably notices a few little things that are only going to get better in the next three or four weeks.”
Starting left tackle Russell Okung was held out with a sore ankle, but the condition is not considered serious. Right tackle Joe Barksdale left practice late with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Starting running back Melvin Gordon had a rest day. Kenjon Barner, competing to be a reserve tailback and kick returner, returned to practice after spending the last week in the concussion protocol.
Cornerback Jason Verrett — who tore his ACL last October — has gradually seen his workload increase over the past week. The former Pro Bowler could be on track to play a few snaps in Sunday’s preseason game against the Saints.
Chris Hairston replaced Okung at left tackle for most of the day, but moved to right tackle after Barksdale left practice. Tyreek Burwell then moved up to first-string left tackle. Veteran Kenny Wiggins took the majority of reps at first-team right guard.
Dwight Lowery, who is competing with Tre Boston at starting free safety, continued his strong week with an interception of Saints quarterback Chase Daniel during team drills.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m wondering where they came from. Are they all SoCal folks or did they come out from New Orleans, I don’t know. But ‘Who Dat’ nation is everywhere.”
— Quarterback Drew Brees on the Saints fans in attendance on Thursday, dozens of whom waited over an hour for his autograph
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