Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance Saturday in its first 2019 training camp practice with pads.
“I liked the way guys took care of one another,” Lynn said following the approximately two-hour practice in front of what he described as “a packed house” at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa.
“It was physical, but you didn’t see a lot of people on the ground. I think that guys are starting to understand the tempo that we want in practice and the technique and things that we’re looking for. That was good.”
Lynn said he wants to see technique, fundamentals and “guys playing a physical style of football,” during padded practices.
“I still believe the most physical teams usually win this game,” Lynn said. “That’s what we look for when we put the pads on.”
Fullback Derek Watt was given the day off.
“He’s the only fullback we have right now,” Lynn said. “We have to get him through a whole season. He had a little soreness, so we just rested him.”
The Chargers will conclude a two-day school supplies drive during Sunday’s practice, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.
Items sought include backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, highlighters, crayons and glue. All items collected will be taken to Los Angeles and Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs.
Fans may pre-register for free training camp tickets at chargers.com/camp or register in person at the entrance to the complex. All bleacher seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be four other community days during training camp.
Youth and high school football players are encouraged to wear their team jerseys Monday. Parents can enter a drawing for tickets to the Aug. 18 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.
A blood drive will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Thursday’s joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams. Fans can register for the blood drive at chargers.com/camp.
Dogs from Priceless Pet Rescue will be available for adoption Aug. 4.
Game-issued jerseys and other team paraphernalia will be available for purchase at the Aug. 15 joint practice with the Saints with proceeds benefiting the Chargers Community Foundation.
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