Keenan Allen, others fare well vs. Cardinals
Observations from Tuesday’s Chargers-Cardinals practice at Qualcomm Stadium:
Attendance was about 3,500-4,000, as estimated by a few sportswriters. About 200 Cardinals fans were on hand.
For football lovers with short attention spans, the 75-minute main event was rapid-fire bliss. As many as three Chargers vs. Cardinals drills unfolded simultaneously.
Nothing changed for Keenan Allen: the receiver roasted Cardinals defenders as he had Chargers defenders and the Titans’ zone defense in recent days.
Best development for the Chargers was Travis Benjamin, their fastest player, catching an out pass against tight coverage. It was Benjamin’s first full-speed practice in 12 days.
Denzel Perryman created a potential interception but dropped the ball. He cranked out 10 pushups as punishment.
Blocking units from both teams got a special treat: blitz practice against an NFL opponent.
The Cardinals are expert blitzers (a key to Arizona’s victory over San Diego in the 2014 opener). But the first-team Bolts were slick.
When Philip Rivers and Danny Woodhead read a bluffed inside blitz, Woodhead found a crease for a good gain off a pass.
Rivers and Hunter Henry, aided by firm blocking, teamed up for a sideline-touchdown pass against a heavy interior blitz. Showing NFL savvy, the rookie tight end got away with a push-off against Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, an alumnus of Chula Vista’s Eastlake High.
Chargers newcomer Casey Hayward made a few good plays. He smothered Cardinals starter Michael Floyd on a deep route.
Tyrell Williams, who sat out the exhibition Saturday with leg tightness, hauled in a long pass. After practice, he wore a wrap around his upper leg and hip.
San Diego second’s offensive line had problems protecting Kellen Clemens against blitzes.
End Tenny Palepoi and center-guard Spencer Pulley had their most extensive practices in 12 days.
Cornerback Richard Crawford, an Oceanside native, made a leaping interception.
The Cardinals were without coach Bruce Arians, who was taken to a San Diego hospital after reporting a stomach ailment. The team said Arians was to stay in San Diego until Wednesday, pending test results.
Medical report: Not practicing were rookie WR-PR Javontee Herndon, LB Jatavis Brown, LB Christopher Landrum, RB Kenneth Farrow, CB Greg Ducre, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Rico Richardson and DT Zamir Carlis.