Training Camp Report: 8/4

Melvin Ingram (Jake Roth/US Presswire)

The Chargers took the field at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday for Fan Fest and SDBoltReport.com's Anthony Gentile was there to see the action. Who inched closer to winning the starting job at strong safety? Which defensive back picked off a pair of passes? Which receivers made highlight plays? Read on for those answers and a practice recap.

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Chargers faithful fill Qualcomm Stadium for Fan Fest

A decent turnout took in practice on Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. Chargers players made a lap around the stadium to high-five fans sitting in the field section prior to practice. Also, during practice the northeast corner of the field was open for fans who wanted a closer view.

Bigby sees more time with starting defense

In his third practice back after missing time with an undisclosed strain, Atari Bigby took all the snaps opposite Eric Weddle in the starting secondary; Brandon Taylor saw action with the second team. Bigby dropped Ronnie Brown on the first play of the 11-on-11 period, one of the few big hits of practice.

Rivers shows dual-threat ability ... for one play

Philip Rivers drew the biggest applause as the team took the field. During the blitz period, Rivers spread the ball around with accuracy to a number of different targets. He had the crowd buzzing later in practice with his legs, as he faked a pitch left and took off in the opposite direction for a QB keeper good enough for a first down.

Lynch nabs pair of interceptions

Safety Corey Lynch played the role of ballhawk in the second-string secondary, intercepting a pair of Jarrett Lee passes. During the blitz period, Lynch tipped the ball to himself with one hand before hauling in his first interception for the most impressive defensive play of practice.

Floyd and Spurlock provide highlights

Malcom Floyd showed his speed in the open field during the play-action period by catching a pass over the middle and taking off towards the end zone. Later, he hauled in a jump-ball for a score and celebrated by slamming the ball through the goalposts. Michael Spurlock caught three passes from Rivers during the move-the-chains drill, including a 29-yard touchdown.

Ingram showcases versatility

Melvin Ingram displayed pass-rush and coverage skills throughout practice. Ingram pressured the quarterback on a handful of plays and delivered a blow to Phillip Payne on a pass in the flat during the blitz period.

Weddle commands secondary, pays for special teams flub

Weddle was well positioned in the secondary throughout practice and had an impressive pass break-up working against Floyd in one of the team sessions. Even when he dropped a punt during a special teams period, Weddle stayed in the fans' good graces by hitting the ground for 15 pushups.

Youth served in defensive backfield

A pair of young defensive backs delivered standout plays: Darrell Stuckey and Shareece Wright. Stuckey picked off Lee in the end zone during a third-down team drill, while Wright broke up a long pass from Rivers to Robert Meachem along the sideline in the 11-on-11 period.



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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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