Sights and sounds from Chargers-49ers joint practices: Day 2

Some footage from the finale of the Chargers 2021 training camp.

That’s all, folks.

The Chargers finished their 17 training camp practices alongside the 49ers on Friday afternoon.

To see what the finale was like, here are some videos from today’s session below, courtesy of media members and fans in attendance.

Sights and sounds from Chargers-49ers joint practices: Day 1

Footage from Day 1 of practice between the Chargers and 49ers.

The Chargers and 49ers are taking the field together for two days of practice at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, CA ahead of their preseason matchup on Sunday, Aug. 22.

I will have footage with updates from practice below, courtesy of media members and fans in attendance.

Sights and sounds from Chargers training camp: Day 12

Some footage from the 12th day of Chargers training camp.

The Chargers continued training camp on Wednesday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, CA.

Training camp can be attended for free if you are able to snag some tickets here, but if you’re unable to go, you will still be kept up with all of the action throughout the course of it.

I will have coverage of training camp with updates from practice below, courtesy of media members and fans in attendance.

Chargers training camp: Needle slightly tilted towards kicker Tristan Vizcaino

Tristan Vizcaino had a bounce-back performance.

Chargers kickers Michael Badgley and Tristan Vizcaino’s performances were showered in boos by over 30,000 people that were in attendance for practice at SoFi Stadium this past Sunday.

At practice Wednesday, it was Vizcaino who had a bounce-back outing, finishing with a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals. Badgley, on the other hand, went 3 of 5, with his longest being from 46 yards.

Undrafted free agent Alex Kessman has been overshadowed by the two because he hasn’t rotated in with the first team all that often and he finished 2 of 6 this past weekend.

Practices have been a gauge as to who has the early leg up (no pun intended), but the preseason games will tell all. Not only will there be field goals and extra points to be made, kickoffs will also be a determining factor.

In my latest 53-man roster, I have Vizcaino winning the starting job but only will time tell.

QB Justin Herbert shines in first action in front Chargers fans at SoFi Stadium

Over 30,000 were in attendance to see the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Last year, the worldwide pandemic kept Chargers fans from experiencing at first hand quarterback Justin Herbert put together one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.

At the team’s Fan Fest on Sunday, it marked the first time fans were able to witness the star signal-caller in person in Los Angeles’ new home, SoFi Stadium.

In front of over 30,000 in attendance, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year did not disappoint during the live-game situations that the coaching staff implemented.

Displaying incredible arm strength, talent and placement, Herbert connected with his array of weapons, which included touchdowns to wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and tight end Jared Cook.

Herbert also made sure to get the running backs, TE Donald Parham and WRs Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer involved.

The team’s new and improved offensive line kept Herbert clean for the most part and Joe Lombardi’s play-calling had the offense churning all afternoon, even against Brandon Staley’s fearsome defense.

“It was a lot of fun,” Herbert said. We had a great time. It was just good to be back out there and, thank you to all of the fans that showed up and supported. It’s just good to be back to playing football. [Having the fans present] means everything to us, to see them line up and support us.”

It remains to be seen if the starters will play in the preseason opener against the Rams this Saturday but if they do, Herbert will be back in action at SoFi Stadium at 7:00 pm PT.

Chargers’ Corey Linsley leaves training camp practice early with trainers

The injury bug showed up to SoFi Stadium on Sunday.

The Chargers have managed to stay healthy through nine practices, but the injury bug might have showed up at SoFi Stadium on Sunday.

Nearly halfway through practice, center Corey Linsley left the field and walked to the locker room with the team’s trainers.

His injury and the status of it remains to be seen.

That wasn’t the only injury of the afternoon, however.

Linebacker Kenneth Murray tripped on the sideline trying to push tight end Jared Cook out of bounds, with what appeared to be an injury on his right leg.

Murray was able to walk off the field under his own power and after being tended to by trainers, he has remained on the sideline since then.

Head coach Brandon Staley will likely have an update with the statuses to both players following today’s practice.

Chargers training camp live updates: Fan Fest

Sunday’s practice will be held at SoFi Stadium.

The Chargers continued training camp on Sunday, with practice being Fan Fest at SoFi Stadium in Costa Mesa, CA.

Today, I will have coverage of training camp with live updates from practice below, courtesy of media members in attendance along with fan posts.

Seeking competition, Chargers CB Asante Samuel Jr. is rising to the challenge

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

For most rookies, they’re looking to adapt to the NFL with whatever is thrown their way. But for cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., he is getting his feet wet by willingly going up against one of the league’s best wide receivers.

At this past Friday’s practice, CB Chris Harris Jr. and Allen were lined up for a rep and that’s when Samuel approached Harris and asked to take it.

Harris allowed him to and Samuel won the rep. It happened later during the period, but the advantage went to Allen on that given rep.

This just goes to show how much of a competitor the team’s second round pick is. Even though his measurements don’t match up to other corners in this league, he plays much bigger for his size.

“I’m the same size as Jaire Alexander (Packers). Size doesn’t matter. It’s about the heart and dog mentality on the field,” Samuel said during the pre-draft process.

Head coach Brandon Staley has been impressed with Samuel and the intangibles and the ability to line up against guys like Mike Williams and Allen to boost his confidence in his play.

It was a quiet first week of camp for Samuel, but he has since then shown on the practice field why the Chargers selected him, establishing himself as one of the team’s top corners.

Working both near the boundary and in the slot, Samuel has stayed on the hip of the pass-catchers he’s faced and has made a handful of plays on the ball.

“There’s not much to build. I just have to go out there, make plays and show everybody else that I can make plays. I already know that I can do that. I just have to show everybody else,” Samuel said.

Iron sharpens iron: Matchups between Keenan Allen, Derwin James have been must-see

Two of the best players at their perspective positions getting ready for the regular season.

The phrase ‘iron sharpens iron’ perfectly describes what’s been on display at Chargers training camp, as safety Derwin James and wide receiver Keenan Allen have had the luxury of going up against each other on a daily basis.

Each rep has been a real treat. Either Allen’s crafty route-running has allowed him to see open grass or James has managed to put the clamps on Allen.

Allen and James, two players who are some of the best at their perspective positions in this league, are greatly benefiting from these reps in camp when the real action begins in September.

“He works harder than me. And that’s hard to do because I work hard and he works harder than me. I need him on the field as much as he needs me on the field, so if he’s out there and I’m out there, we’ve got a good chance,” Allen said about James.

Sights and sounds from Chargers training camp: Day 8

Some footage from the eighth day of Chargers training camp.

The Chargers continued training camp on Friday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, CA.

Training camp can be attended for free if you are able to snag some tickets here while they last, but if you’re unable to go, you will still be kept up with all of the action throughout the course of it.

I will have coverage of training camp with updates from practice below, courtesy of media members in attendance along with fan posts.