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Thrill’s 10th Annual Training Camp Diary

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Posted: 07/23/2014 9:47 PM

Thrill’s 10th Annual Training Camp Diary 


                       

 

Greetings to all Brethren of the Bolt.  Are you ready for some football???    A  whole year has passed and it is time once again to start a brand new season.    Last year a first year coach and holes at several key positions did not seem to add up but team Telesco and Coach McCoy worked hard and came up with a new direction for a team that needed it.  The reward was a playoff appearance.  It was remarkable the way the team never quit and seemed to will its way there.  Last year may be remembered as the year Rivers was Resurrected,, and the year of Ryan's Redemption

 

This year our roster seems improved but how much?   Do we have what it takes or was last year an aberration.. or worse pure luck?  Are your expectations high or lowered this year?   Did we gain more than we lost in personel?  Have we kept pace with our rivals in the AFC West?    

Many questions remain for the Lightning Bolts and I will be there to be the eyes and ears for those of you who can’t attend and a sounding board for those who just want to get a take on all things Training Camp.   We’ll talk about it all, from Players, Coaches, practice habits, drills, etc , to who comes and who goes.    Personally I can’t wait to see who wins the battle to start at the corners and outside linebacker spots.   Hold on to your seats as this is going to be one a heck of a camp.   As always bring your comments and questions. I’ll be watching for them 

 

Charger Training Camp is here and the diary starts tomorrow afternoon!      

Behold the Lightning........Beware the Thunder.......

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Posted: 07/23/2014 9:52 PM

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Sweet Jesus my prayers have been answered!

Thank you! Can't wait!

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Posted: 07/24/2014 1:44 AM

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Woohoo      can't wait 

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Posted: 07/24/2014 5:47 AM

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Doc, please pin this! Thrill, I want play by play commentary, I'm jonesing BAD! LOLeek1eek1eek1
Thanks for doing this for those of us that can't be there!
Very Cool! thumbup.gif




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Posted: 07/24/2014 6:24 AM

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ALWAYS the best part of the preseason!biggrin Thanks, Thrill!
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Posted: 07/24/2014 6:43 AM

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Yes Thrill, this is one of the best things about this forum, the energy, the effort and the work you put into letting us all here know whats going on in camp is just phenomenal, thank you brother.......biggrin
"Strap on the Bolo Tie and then let the ball fly!"
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Posted: 07/24/2014 7:24 AM

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Yay!!!!!!! Thanks Thrill!! Very excited. And, yes, this thread needs pinning.

“I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.”
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Posted: 07/24/2014 10:58 AM

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Dontrelle Inman, could you report on how he is doing?
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Posted: 07/24/2014 11:36 AM

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Yes Indeed, thanks Thrill. Always look forward to this every single year.
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Posted: 07/24/2014 12:21 PM

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Thanks Doc!


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Doc, please pin this! Thrill, I want play by play commentary, I'm jonesing BAD! LOLeek1eek1eek1
Thanks for doing this for those of us that can't be there!
Very Cool! thumbup.gif

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Posted: 07/24/2014 3:19 PM

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Just like the swallows return to Capistrano each and every year, Charger fans know it's football season when Thrill has his training camp diary.  Looking forward to all he has to offer and a remembrance of our departed friend MMQB who is no doubt looking down on his beloved Bolts.  Back in the day he and Thrill were a great combo of giving us TC info. I know MMQB is proud of the quality job that Thrill continues to deliver to us each and every year.

Alright Thrill let's get the ball rolling my friend!!!  biggrinpirate
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Posted: 07/24/2014 3:40 PM

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Nice touch Dude!
OK Thrill, who's our Starting 53? LOL


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Just like the swallows return to Capistrano each and every year, Charger fans know it's football season when Thrill has his training camp diary.  Looking forward to all he has to offer and a remembrance of our departed friend MMQB who is no doubt looking down on his beloved Bolts.  Back in the day he and Thrill were a great combo of giving us TC info. I know MMQB is proud of the quality job that Thrill continues to deliver to us each and every year.

Alright Thrill let's get the ball rolling my friend!!!  biggrinpirate

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Posted: 07/24/2014 6:53 PM

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Thrill, has it been a decade already? Wow, you getting old man!

I mean like wine or cheese of course. I know this years training camp diaries will be of the finest vintage yet!

Thanks for the time and effort. I feel like scout.com should be paying you for this! We get better camp info here each year than we do from "journalists" and their "insiders" reports.

If journalism is your chosen profession btw, no offense meant. =D

One of my big camp questions will be if you're able to get any sense for how McCoy will use Brown with the aforementioned R-Mat and Daniel Woodhead in the back field. Are they getting equal reps? Is one being used more in short yardage or goal line scenarios than the other?

Another important question I have now without pestering you with too many to start is how LaDarius Green looks? And does he appear ready to take the next step and take the mantle from Antonio Gates at TE?

I can't wait to hear about the CB battle either.

 

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Posted: 07/24/2014 7:23 PM

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OK, some of us old guys got bed times, got anything? Don't want to rely solely on E Williams LOL!
Just having fun thrill, really curious on how Verrett looked thou?




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Posted: 07/24/2014 9:27 PM

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First installement...  Dedicated to my never forgotten brother... MMQ.  

TC 72414

 

Arriving five minutes late to the park after having to park and walk from nearly 2 miles away.  It was that crowded.  The teams were already broken into position groups as I arrived.   I could pick out the familiar faces.  Big Malcolm Floyd was catching passes and running thru the secondary a great sight to see.  His size, hands and route running are familiar to Philip Rivers and they are connecting once again.   Ryan Matthews also caught my attention.  His runs were accentuated by excellent cuts done at speed with power.   Matthews looks ready to continue where he left off last year.

 

Standing Out-   Danny Woodhead knows how to stand out on a football field.  Today he did something I hadn’t seen before.   No, I’ve seen him break ridiculous runs before,,  what made him stand out today were his lime green leggings.   Woodhead wore socks on his legs that could be seen from the Rockie Mountains .   They looked like the neon colored socks n shoes often seen in soccer these days.  Perhaps he is a World Cup Fan.

 

One of the first things I like to do is get visuals on the new draft picks and try to get a feel for their athleticism.   I was not disappointed in this years crop.

Verret #22- my first glimpse of him was when they broke into scrimmage.  Malcolm Floyd came out wide near to my vantage point.  There was Jason lined up in front of him  The difference in size was very noticeable and I thought for a minute that things may not look good for him but he turned and ran and did not allow his man the space to operate.  Jason is small in stature and some receivers will tower over him .  He will come right up under the receivers chin unafraid to battle .  His dreadlocks hang long from his helmet and seem to touch his knees when crouched.  Verrett battled thru out the scrimmage and ran mostly with the first team defense.  He was fluid and very quick but I think his biggest asset is his ability to read the WR and QB.  He plays with instincts.

 

Attaochu #97-   Because of his number I had a hard time finding Jerry.  When you do see him however you cannot ignore his size.  He is tall, built thickly thru the shoulders but has long limbs and when he runs you realize what an athlete this man is. He can gobble up space.   Jerry did not stand out a lot today and may  be struggling a bit with the defense but his speed and movement displayed during drills will be harnessed in a way that makes him shine for us. He may be the best athelete among our LB crew.  Scary but true. Remember he has a short resume of experience and is a raw talent.  This guy could be a real load to handle once he is coached in technique and experienced.

Watt #64-  Chris is a wide bodied , strongly built lineman .  He is receiving lots of work early due to Clary’s absence.  I didn’t focus much on his play but he was taking a lot of snaps with the offense and seemed to hold his own.  Love to see him with pads on.

 

Grice #28-   I first notice Marion when he broke two arm tackles and twisted his way thru the linebackers and secondary on a nice rumbling sort of run.   His body type is thinner than I expected and he seemed to run in an  upright fashion but there was productivity when he ran or caught the ball and I think in time he will be a good addition to the backfield.  Grice had his number called on a number of occasions and he delivered positive results on each of his runs. Grice will have to compete and possibly contribute to ST to make the roster but he is an interesting back to watch.

 

Carrethers #92-  To be honest I did not see much of the nose tackle prospect until practice was over.  My bad.  When I located him I got a good look at his build but I did not see him compete.  I want to see him in live competition because I feel he may have the ability to come in and win significant playing time and hopefully anchor the Dline.    Ryan has a broad, stocky build thru the shoulders and wore a grimace on his face.   He has a thick upper body but the legs of a much lighter man.   These tools can help him defeat most Offensive lineman in the league.   I will be looking for a lot more on this item.

 

Reese #84-    No one performed as well as #84. Time after time I watch Reese break his route and make every catch asked of him.  During the late practice he lined up wide and simply ran deep.  Whether it was the coverage or the DB on a couple of occasions he broke it out and showed off his speed.  On one memorable play he began with a fly route from the left side.   The QB had to smile when he looked deep and saw Reese getting behind the defense.    Reese had 15 -20 yards on his nearest man.   Clemons threw a strike to #84 who was waiting for the ball to arrive but made the catch and took it the rest of the way.  See scrimmage notes on this one.

It has to be said that while Reese is exciting he is also alarmingly slight in build.  His job will be to find a way onto the field but beef up and stay healthy.   At his size the NFL hits he will take are a concern.


Behold the Lightning........Beware the Thunder.......

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Posted: 07/24/2014 9:31 PM

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NY-  It has been and yes ,, getting older than i like .  As a matter of fact i became a Grandpa on Monday..  which is why im still writing this.  The little girl had been coughing and had to go back to the hospital today.   Should be fine but it took up half the day.   Anyways,, thanks for waiting all.    I hope you guys enjoy the diary.
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Posted: 07/24/2014 10:03 PM

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Congrats Thrill, I joined the Grandpa club last week myself! I know it's real early, but if you can have a wondering
Eye over at the second team DL sometime, I'm REAL curious on Tenny and Ricky, for B/U NT!
Thank You




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Posted: 07/24/2014 10:30 PM

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You guys are grandpas?  Congrats and I thought I was old but you guys are getting older than
dirt!   I am sure the little one will be just fine.  Cant wait for the season to begin.   I need to be able to watch football to keep my mind off the rest of the shitty news.
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Posted: 07/24/2014 10:47 PM

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Someone got a pic of Thrill, Slam, and Vise watching today's practice together......You guys honestly don't look a day over 103 years old. Keep at it guys!


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Posted: 07/24/2014 10:59 PM

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thrill2death wrote: First installement...  Dedicated to my never forgotten brother... MMQ.  

TC 72414

 

Arriving five minutes late to the park after having to park and walk from nearly 2 miles away.  It was that crowded.  The teams were already broken into position groups as I arrived.   I could pick out the familiar faces.  Big Malcolm Floyd was catching passes and running thru the secondary a great sight to see.  His size, hands and route running are familiar to Philip Rivers and they are connecting once again.   Ryan Matthews also caught my attention.  His runs were accentuated by excellent cuts done at speed with power.   Matthews looks ready to continue where he left off last year.

 

Standing Out-   Danny Woodhead knows how to stand out on a football field.  Today he did something I hadn’t seen before.   No, I’ve seen him break ridiculous runs before,,  what made him stand out today were his lime green leggings.   Woodhead wore socks on his legs that could be seen from the Rockie Mountains .   They looked like the neon colored socks n shoes often seen in soccer these days.  Perhaps he is a World Cup Fan.

 

One of the first things I like to do is get visuals on the new draft picks and try to get a feel for their athleticism.   I was not disappointed in this years crop.

Verret #22- my first glimpse of him was when they broke into scrimmage.  Malcolm Floyd came out wide near to my vantage point.  There was Jason lined up in front of him  The difference in size was very noticeable and I thought for a minute that things may not look good for him but he turned and ran and did not allow his man the space to operate.  Jason is small in stature and some receivers will tower over him .  He will come right up under the receivers chin unafraid to battle .  His dreadlocks hang long from his helmet and seem to touch his knees when crouched.  Verrett battled thru out the scrimmage and ran mostly with the first team defense.  He was fluid and very quick but I think his biggest asset is his ability to read the WR and QB.  He plays with instincts.

 

Attaochu #97-   Because of his number I had a hard time finding Jerry.  When you do see him however you cannot ignore his size.  He is tall, built thickly thru the shoulders but has long limbs and when he runs you realize what an athlete this man is. He can gobble up space.   Jerry did not stand out a lot today and may  be struggling a bit with the defense but his speed and movement displayed during drills will be harnessed in a way that makes him shine for us. He may be the best athelete among our LB crew.  Scary but true. Remember he has a short resume of experience and is a raw talent.  This guy could be a real load to handle once he is coached in technique and experienced.

Watt #64-  Chris is a wide bodied , strongly built lineman .  He is receiving lots of work early due to Clary’s absence.  I didn’t focus much on his play but he was taking a lot of snaps with the offense and seemed to hold his own.  Love to see him with pads on.

 

Grice #28-   I first notice Marion when he broke two arm tackles and twisted his way thru the linebackers and secondary on a nice rumbling sort of run.   His body type is thinner than I expected and he seemed to run in an  upright fashion but there was productivity when he ran or caught the ball and I think in time he will be a good addition to the backfield.  Grice had his number called on a number of occasions and he delivered positive results on each of his runs. Grice will have to compete and possibly contribute to ST to make the roster but he is an interesting back to watch.

 

Carrethers #92-  To be honest I did not see much of the nose tackle prospect until practice was over.  My bad.  When I located him I got a good look at his build but I did not see him compete.  I want to see him in live competition because I feel he may have the ability to come in and win significant playing time and hopefully anchor the Dline.    Ryan has a broad, stocky build thru the shoulders and wore a grimace on his face.   He has a thick upper body but the legs of a much lighter man.   These tools can help him defeat most Offensive lineman in the league.   I will be looking for a lot more on this item.

 

Reese #84-    No one performed as well as #84. Time after time I watch Reese break his route and make every catch asked of him.  During the late practice he lined up wide and simply ran deep.  Whether it was the coverage or the DB on a couple of occasions he broke it out and showed off his speed.  On one memorable play he began with a fly route from the left side.   The QB had to smile when he looked deep and saw Reese getting behind the defense.    Reese had 15 -20 yards on his nearest man.   Clemons threw a strike to #84 who was waiting for the ball to arrive but made the catch and took it the rest of the way.  See scrimmage notes on this one.

It has to be said that while Reese is exciting he is also alarmingly slight in build.  His job will be to find a way onto the field but beef up and stay healthy.   At his size the NFL hits he will take are a concern.


Nice Thrill, thanks.

I will say that all 6'0+ RBs seem like they are running upright, Adrian Peterson used to get the same critique, it's probably just that they are bigger and therefore easier to see.

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