SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy had a surprise for his players at the end of practice. Skydivers from Frog X Shadow Works skydiving group -- a team of former U.S. Naval Special Warfare and Special Forces members -- landed on the team's practice field at Chargers Park. The Chargers arranged the event as a nice gesture for the players, who hosted their family night on Tuesday, with family and friends on hand for a BBQ after practice. "It's a great opportunity for us to kind of say 'Thank You' to all of the families that support us coaches and players all year long," McCoy said.
A limited participant in practice on Saturday, Brandon Flowers was a full participant on Monday, a sign that the veteran cornerback could be healthy enough to take the field for the Chargers for the first time in San Diego's second preseason game at Seattle. "He's working back into it," McCoy said. "It was his first day out in a while, so we'll just take it a day at a time. You've got to get in football shape." Flowers played mostly nickel defender with the starters in passing situations, as he continues to learn San Diego's defensive scheme. Linebacker Donald Butler expects Flowers to make an impact once he learns the system. "I think Brandon's going to be a difference maker on defense for us this year," Butler said. "Obviously, we struggled a little bit last year in the back end. And having a guy like that out there, who's not only smart but a physical guy as well, it's going to be really good for us."
Butler talked about how the first-team defense performed against Dallas in the exhibition opener, stating that he did not like his unit's inability to get off of the field during a 14-play drive to open the game. "We easily could have had them in three-and-out," Butler said. "Guys have to make tackles. Shareece (Wright) was there, I was there. So definitely tackling is something that we've got to work on always. But for most part, once they crossed the 50 (yard line) we held them."
Along with Flowers, cornerback Marcus Cromartie and offensive lineman Chris Watt were full participants in practice after working on a limited basis Saturday. Receiver Vincent Brown (calf) and Lawrence Guy (shoulder) remain out. Offensive lineman Jeromey Clary (shoulder, hip) remains on the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Jason Verrett once again wore a red jersey.
Up next: The Chargers practice at noon ET on Tuesday at Chargers Park. This is the final practice of training camp open to the public.