- Eric D. Williams, ESPN Staff Writer
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SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
Cornerback Jason Verrett, the Chargers' first-round selection, worked in position drills but did not participate in any contact portion of practice on Wednesday as the team returned from a off day on Tuesday. Verrett received full clearance at the beginning of training camp after being a limited participant in offseason workouts coming off of shoulder surgery in March to repair a torn labrum. Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Verrett watching from the sidelines on Wednesday is part of the TCU product’s maintenance plan established at the start of training camp. “It’s all part of the process of him getting back to where we need him to get so that he’s 100 percent,” McCoy said. “He’s working, and doing everything we’re asking him to do right now.”
The star of the day was Malcom Floyd. The 6-foot-5 receiver, who is returning from a serious neck injury, made several plays in the passing game including a deep reception during the two-minute drill that set up a touchdown in the red zone on a skinny post against Brandon Flowers toward the end of practice. Floyd dunked the ball over the goal post after the score, which would have resulted in a penalty during a game under a new rule established by the league. “He made some big plays for us, and that’s the type of player Malcom is,” McCoy said. “We’re very fortunate to have him back out here. You feel so good for him because he worked so hard to get back, with the situation he had last year.”
Offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris flopped the offensive lineman during practice today -- sometimes in the same series -- with D.J. Fluker and Chris Watt playing left guard and left tackle, respectively, and King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart playing right tackle and right guard. McCoy said the Chargers did the same thing last year in order to build position versatility in anticipation of the inevitable injuries occur during the regular season. Watt, who played left guard for three seasons at Notre Dame, returned to familiar surroundings. “You’re seeing things from different angles and blitzes from different angles and different players at times,” Watt said. “So you’re going against a variety of different guys, which is good. It makes you uncomfortable, which is what you want right now in practice because it will make the games that much easier.”
Quotable: “I don’t mind it. It’s only going to make our team better. These hard days in camp, it’s not fun. It’s not meant to be. But at the end of the day it will help you win those games late in the season. When you’re body hurts and nothing is going well, you can think back to camp, and just pushing through it and fighting together," Chargers receiver Eddie Royal, commenting how he felt about practicing for the fourth straight practice in full pads.
Former Chargers receiver Anthony Miller was on hand for practice on Wednesday. Also in attendance was LPGA golfer Jennifer Johnson, a longtime Chargers fan and native of Carlsbad, California.
Up next: The Chargers practice at 12:20 p.m. ET on Thursday at Chargers Park. Practice is open to the public.
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