SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
The Chargers took Tuesday off after five days of practice opening this year's camp, including three straight days in pads. Players looked forward to the time off after Monday's two-hour practice but also understand they need to put in the work in order to get ready for a marathon season.
"It sucks going through it, but when Week 14 and Week 15 of the season hits, you remember days like this when you were in grind mode, and it helps out a lot," left tackle King Dunlap said.
San Diego coach Mike McCoy remarked that he was OK with the temperatures, which hovered around 80 degrees at practice time.
"We go to certain places on Sunday at 1 o'clock in the afternoon, whether it's at home or on the road, and there's going to be some hot afternoons in September," McCoy said. "So we've got to get used to it. It's good for the conditioning level of the players."
Allen appeared to get the better of Flowers in the first two days of training camp, but Flowers has more than held his own lately with his physical style. The daily matchups can only help Allen for some of the tougher matchups he will face during the season, including Arizona's Patrick Peterson, New England's Darrelle Revis and Seattle's Richard Sherman.
Flowers said going against Allen, Malcolm Floyd and Eddie Royal in practice also will help prepare him to face some of the best receivers in the league.
"Keenan is a great receiver in this league," Flowers said. "He really came on strong last year. He's a guy that keeps every DB on his toes because his release move is so deadly. With his frame he can go and high-point the ball. So if I do this good work in practice against Keenan, the game shouldn't be too hard at all.
"We're challenging each other out here. We're trying to get better every day, because if you don't and come out here kind of sluggish, the opposite side of the ball will dominate you."
Former Chargers defensive lineman Jacques Cesaire is working with the Bolts during training camp as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority coaching fellowship. Joining Cesaire with the Chargers as part of that program are former NFL receiver and USC product Keary Colbert, and Jonathan Webster, who currently serves as defensive backs and special teams coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Up next: The Chargers practice at 2:50 p.m. ET Wednesday and 12:20 p.m. ET Thursday. Both practices take place at Chargers Park. Wednesday's practice is closed to the public.