Sunday, August 17, 2014
Chargers Camp Report: Day 18
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
- Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said that training camp officially came to a close Saturday, with veteran players moving out of a nearby hotel and back to their homes after an early-morning arrival from Seattle. The rookies will remain in the hotel until roster cuts. McCoy said his team's preparation for the third preseason game at San Francisco will be much more like a regular-season game, including game-planning specifically for the San Francisco 49ers. "It's an introduction for the team on how it's going to be on a normal week during the season," McCoy said. "So that's really the biggest change. But we still have two weeks of the preseason to go."
- McCoy said that linebacker Manti Te'o has a sprained right foot and will not play against San Francisco. Defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle) and safety Jahleel Addae (hamstring) also suffered injuries against the Seahawks and will not play next week against the 49ers.
- McCoy said that cornerback Brandon Flowers played OK in his first snaps with his new team. Now, Flowers needs to continue to get more reps in order to get into game shape for the regular season. "For the plays that he was in there, he did a nice job," McCoy said. "It's a matter of getting the communication down with everybody, playing faster and making the adjustments on the run that you need to make."
- Rookie offensive lineman Chris Watt also played for the first time, getting in on about 45 snaps, according to McCoy. The Notre Dame product played both right guard and center, and appeared to get through the contest without an injury. "He did a nice job," McCoy said. "But he's got a long ways to go in terms of learning the system and playing center. It's something new for him, as much as he's been playing it with us. But he did a nice job."
- McCoy said that outside linebacker Tourek Williams had an uneven performance against the Seattle Seahawks. The second-year pro finished with five combined tackles -- including a tackle for loss -- and a sack. But Williams also was caught out of position at times. "There's plays where you look at him and say, 'Wow, that's how you want Tourek to play every down,'" McCoy said. "And then there's times where there's some little technical mistakes, whether it's an alignment or technique that [linebackers coach] Joe Barry's been teaching him to use for certain run plays, or dropping out in coverage or rushing the passer -- some little things. But he's done a nice job. He's growing."
- Up next: The Chargers will take Sunday off and return to practice Monday at Chargers Park. The practice is closed to the public.