Training Camp Report: 8/1

QB Jarrett Lee (Jake Roth/US Presswire)

The Chargers held practice under the lights at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday night and SDBoltReport.com's Anthony Gentile was there to break down the action. Which receiver moved the chains in the two-minute drill? Which linebacker stood out? These answers and more inside.

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Parrish shines in two-minute drill

The highlight of practice was a pair of two-minute drills contested between the starters. On the first drive, Philip Rivers completed four passes to Roscoe Parrish -- who took the majority of the snaps at the slot position -- and the offense converted two fourth downs while driving into the red zone. The drive ended without points, though, as Brandon Taylor knocked down a pass in the end zone as time expired. On the second drive, the offense started on the 35-yard line with just 45 seconds and needed just three plays to get into field goal position for a successful Nick Novak 33-yarder.

McClain paves the way

Le'Ron McClain has established himself as a starter in the Chargers' backfield and took all of the first-team reps Wednesday night. He opened holes for Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown. McClain also caught a pass out of the backfield during the team blitz period.

Weddle, Wright snag interceptions

Rivers looked mostly sharp but the defense got the best of him twice. Eric Weddle broke in front of a pass intended for Antonio Gates for a pick during the one-on-one passing period. Second-year man Shareece Wright intercepted a Rivers' overthrow during the blitz period.

Lee leads a pair of scoring drives

The most impressive quarterback performance belonged to rookie Jarrett Lee, who manufactured scoring drives on each of the second-team two-minute drills. Lee started the first drive with a 31-yard pass to Dante Rosario and four plays later found Vincent Brown, who made an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone. Lee ignited the second drive with a 25-yard pass to Mathews, a march eventually capped by a Nate Kaeding 46-yard field goal.

Bird flies around throughout practice

Second-year LB Bront Bird was seemingly everywhere, often making big plays. He made three tackles -- one in the backfield -- in the inside run period; intercepted a tipped pass in the 9-on-9 period; and made two more stops in the 11-on-11 session.

Fighting Spirit

Wednesday's practice was competitive and physical and during the inside run period LB Jonas Mouton and C Colin Baxter had to be separated following a small skirmish that broke out after the whistle.



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Anthony Gentile is a San Diego area journalist and University of San Diego alum. Follow him on Twitter at @_anthonygentile.

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