Good morning. Steve Hartman and Mike Costa of Sports Xtra 1360 AM radio talked with San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris in this audio link.
It’s worth a listen, as D’Alessanderis talks about how he got his start as an offensive line coach, along with the importance of teaching fundamentals and building consistency with his group in the opening days of training camp.
D’Alessandris is one of the best teachers of the game on the Chargers’ coaching staff, and it’s no wonder that his group performed better than most expected last season.
“Physical ability is very important,” D’Allessandris said. “But there has to be that mindset that you’re not going to be denied, and that you’re going to do your absolute best. And with your skill and talent, and your drive and will, you’re going to succeed.”
ESPN’s NFL Nation takes a look at how the top pick from every NFL team is doing through the first week of training camp. Here’s what I had to say about San Diego’s first-round selection, Jason Verrett: “The TCU product displayed the quickness, tenacity and physicality general manager Tom Telesco sought when selecting the 5-9 cornerback in the first round. On one play during one-on-one drills operating in press coverage, Verrett played sticky defense against rookie receiver Torrence Allen, elevating to deflect a pass on an in route. However, the Chargers are taking a cautious approach with Verrett by limiting his reps as he returns from offseason shoulder surgery.”
In this ESPN Insider piece, KC Joyner writes that Ladarius Green is one of the league’s undervalued tight ends from a fantasy perspective.
Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with Jeromey Clary about taking a pay cut and working back to the field in this audio link.
Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue evaluates three areas that Ryan Mathews can work on to take his game to the next level.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Keenan Allen has improved his speed and is more of a deep threat now.
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego says that Kwame Geathers has shown improvement this training camp.
Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL radio break down the Chargers in this audio link.
Hayley Elwood of Chargers.com checks in with King Dunlap on the daily grind of training camp.
Eric Weddle is tied for third in the Madden NFL 15 free safety ratings.