Pads go on, two Bolts linemen stand out
Observations from Day 3 of Chargers camp:
Ramping up the contact, the team worked in pads for the first time in eight months.
Playmaking from Brandon Mebane and pass blocking from Joe Barksdale stood out.
Newcomer Mebane stopped Danny Woodhead on a run play and disrupted a pass play.
In 1-on-1s, Barksdale looked polished.
Melvin Gordon lost twice to rookie Josh Perry in a pass-rush drill, giving the sophomore running back teaching material. A blocker who lunges tends to lose. Gordon’s is long-armed and powerful, giving him good tools to pass-protect if he develops trust in his form.
With Denzel Perryman not practicing, rookie Jatavis Brown and second-year player Nick Dzubnar rotated alongside Manti Te’o.
Perryman stayed involved, discussing football with Te’o between team drills.
When Keenan Allen muffed a punt, the crowd moaned. Allen snapped off 10 pushups as punishment.
Pass of the day: A Philip Rivers rainbow hit Tyrell Williams in stride and over the shoulder, allowing the 6-foot-3 1/2 receiver to gain 25 yards against snug coverage from Craig Mager.
The pace was brisk, the effort strong.
Was it a loud, pad-popping practice? No. Were players chippy? Not really. Was there a diet of inside runs and fierce collisions? Nope.
A day after Stevie Johnson sustained a knee injury, Rivers and Williams continued to build a rapport. The two seldom working together last year because Williams, then an undrafted rookie, was low on the depth chart.
Rookie center Max Tuerk, who had reconstructive knee surgery in October, snapped to Kellen Clemens in team drills.
Defensive players performed a drill near fans lined up against a chain-line fence.
When Perry drew close, a fan’s comment drew chuckles from nearby bystanders. “Ohio,” a fan said, “where’s your boy at?”
The reference was to Perry’s former Ohio State teammate Joey Bosa, the No. 3 pick of this year’s draft. Bosa has missed all three practices of training camp due to a contractual impasse.
Medical report: As expected, Johnson (knee) didn’t practice. Nor did ILB Perryman, WR-PR Javontee Herndon, OLB Ben Gardner or DT Bruce Gaston.