Los Angeles Chargers host the New Orleans Saints in inter-squad practice

Los Angeles Chargers host the New Orleans Saints in inter-squad practice

Los Angeles Chargers host the New Orleans Saints in inter-squad practice

(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

Los Angeles Chargers host the New Orleans Saints in inter-squad practice

By Cameron Buford

whatsgoodinsports.com

Two old pals unite when the New Orleans Saints visit the training camp of the Los Angeles Chargers. For the third consecutive season, Drew Brees makes his return to Chargers camp and his young, well not as young, prodigy Phillip Rivers anxiously awaits his arrivals. Having scrimmaged the Los Angeles Rams last week, the Chargers welcomed the New Orleans Saints to Orange Coast College to conduct a joint practice or scrimmage for each team to participate in.

Melvin Gordon’s contract dispute has rightfully garnered much of the attention from the Chargers brass and fans. This situation leads a shortlist of concerns I have for this 2019 Los Angeles Chargers team. A few of the concerns I would have would be about the health of their veteran linebackers Denzel Perryman and Thomas Davis, due to the injures each man has suffered in recent years and the play of the offensive line considering the age and mobility of their QB Phillip Rivers.

Because this was a joint practice, I will wait until game time to assess the viability of the Chargers Linebackers, to this point. Following the joint practice, I asked Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn if he put more credence on the inter-squad scrimmage or the actual Pre-Season games. His response was, “But teams looked professional. I like what we saw today. But there were too many flags.” Coach Lynn went on to say, “I like getting the starters a lot of reps in these scrimmages because it’s a controlled environment. Both these joint practices are full speed reps and when you in the games, this is what we practice for!”

A post-practice tradition continued after these teams met for their joint practice. Drew Brees led the NO QB group in the QB competition team against Phillip Rivers and the Chargers QB group. The competition has evolved over the years. Initially, they throw at targets flung in the air by one of their teammates. This past week, not only did they throw footballs at the target tossed in the air. They also threw into nets in the corner of the endzone aa well as throwing at buckets which sat on tackling dummies about 30 yards away. Including targeting the crossbar on the far goal post, in addition to targets set up about 20 yards on the sidelines and lastly, they a moving target to which was being dragged across the field by a trainer in a cart.

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These Quarterback Challenges have become synonymous with Chargers vs Saints scrimmages. Although bragging rights and pride may be the only thing on the line, this QB Challenge adds a spark for these veteran QB’s. I have little doubt these young QB’s will continues on the legacy Brees and Rivers set up.

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