Live analysis from Monday’s Chargers camp: Jason Verrett update, WR-CB battles

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Here is another breakdown from our man on the ground, Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti). Yesterday and today were planned to be hard practices with a planning day on Wednesday, and of course, the big opener on Thursday.

– Brandon Flowers, Vincent Brown, Marcus Cromartie and Jeromey Clary did not practice again. Antonio Gates was in Detroit this weekend with his family for his sister’s funeral and was not in the building during practice.

– Nick Hardwick and Corey Liuget were both back at practice. Liuget looked like he hadn’t missed a step early on and then during 1-on-1 rush drills, he came up gimpy and the trainers took a look at his foot; shortly after the check up he resumed practice.

– Malcolm Floyd and Steve Williams went toe to toe in the 1-on-1 drills and the other marquee matchup of Tevin Reese and Chris Davis got physical as well. The corners dominated both matchups.

– Jason Verrett sported his red shirt again during practice and even though he’s injured, his wheels still work. Verrett breaks on the ball faster than any corner out practicing right now. He broke up two passes (one on John Phillips and the other on Dontrelle Inman) solely on being faster to the ball than the receiver. Speaking of Verrett wearing the red shirt, does it make anyone else think that something bad is going to happen to him like the redshirts in Star Trek? Anyone?

– David Johnson is solidifying himself as the #3 tight end in camp. Mostly acting as the safety valve, most of his catches are over the middle but his biggest asset is his run blocking. John Phillips has better hands, but David Johnson seems to be the more valuable commodity.

– Javontee Herndon is a dark horse for the kick return job. While Tevin Reese is the popular pick, Herndon has been back there returning kicks in drills since Day 1 of training camp. Reese has muffed a few punts lately while the likes of Javontee Herndon and Chris Davis are beginning to slowly close the gap for the punt returner position.

– Crezdon Butler made a good read on an interception in the red zone drills. Butler undercut Tevin Reese’s curl route & picked off Kellen Clemens in the end zone. Reese and Clemens were not on the same page, either Reese came out of his break too late or Clemens threw the ball too early but either way Butler slide in front of Reese for the pick.

– Eric Weddle made the play of the day. Phillip Rivers over threw Ladarius Green and Weddle came over the top and made a diving interception. He immediately got up and tried to run it back for the touchdown. While most defensive backs stop after a few strides following their interception, Weddle insists on trying to take it to the house on every one of his takeaways this training camp. Practice makes perfect right.

Keep an eye out for more updates!

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