Training Camp Report: 8/6

Norv Turner (Jake Roth/US Presswire)

Chargers training camp resumed on Monday after a day off and SDBoltReport.com's Anthony Gentile was at Chargers Park to check in on the Bolts. Which injured players returned to action? Which matchups highlighted the passing drills? What rookie saw time with the starting defense? Read on for those answers and a practice rundown.

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Whitehurst returns, gets to work right away

Backup QB Charlie Whitehurst practiced for the first time since suffering a strained left MCL on July 26 and saw action during the one-on-one passing drill, completing his first two attempts. Whitehurst sported a brace on his left knee. Jarrett Lee took all of the second-team snaps when practice went live.

Big names match up in one-on-one passing drill

A handful of high profile matchups highlighted the one-on-one passing session. Antonio Gates got the best of Eric Weddle twice in a battle between Pro Bowlers. Second-year CB Shareece Wright kept the ball from Robert Meachem in the end zone on two separate occasions.

Ingram slots in at starting OLB in place of Johnson

With veteran LB Jarret Johnson out of Monday's practice, rookie Melvin Ingram capitalized on the opportunity to take reps with the starting defense. During the first team session of practice, San Diego's first-round pick provided a steady pass rush and got to Philip Rivers more than once.

English dresses, sees time with second team

Fans got a first look at LB Larry English in full pads during training camp, as the former first-round pick saw action with the second team defense throughout practice. In the initial team period, English provided pressure with a would-be sack of Lee.

Weddle takes interception to the house

In the 11-on-11 period, Weddle delivered the top defensive play of the day with an interception of Rivers. Weddle cut in front of Meachem on an out route and took the pick down the sideline for a score, capping the return with a head-first dive into the end zone.

Veteran receivers provide highlight-reel catches

Gates and Meachem made crowd-pleasing one-handed catches, with Meachem's coming on a crossing route despite tight coverage from Quentin Jammer. During the nine-on-nine period, WR Malcom Floyd drew cheers with a leaping catch.

Blitz period belongs to defense

Both the first- and second-team defenses provided the pressure during the team blitz period. The starting defense got coverage sacks on consecutive plays, followed by an actual sack on a corner blitz by Wright.

Rookie receivers show their skills

Phillip Payne (UNLV) made a leaping touchdown catch in the one-on-one passing drill and caught three passes in the nine-on-nine period. Fellow undrafted rookie Mike Willie (Arizona State) caught two passes from Lee during the blitz period and adjusted nicely to a low pass to make a diving catch in the middle of the field during the 11-on-11 session.



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Anthony Gentile is a San Diego area journalist and University of San Diego alum. Follow him on Twitter at @_anthonygentile.

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