SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
Play of the day: Toward the end of practice, outside linebacker Tourek Williams and fullback Zack Boren got locked up during team drills in an incident that eventually led to a full-on fight, with Williams tearing Boren’s helmet off.No coaches or players seemed in a hurry to get in between the two, to the point that a guy on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, offensive lineman Jeromey Clary, had to break it up. Not necessarily a smart move by Clary.
Williams said he and Boren squashed it afterwards.
“It’s just part of camp,” Williams said. “Guys get into it. A guy does something to you that you don’t like. It was the heat of the moment. It’s hot, and you’re in the first day of pads. You’re going to react, and it just builds toughness within your team.”
Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he’s doesn’t mind seeing a skirmish or two.
“I love seeing that intensity,” Fluker said. “That’s what it’s about. It’s about being a grown man, but we’re playing a child’s game right now. That’s what it is. We’re supposed to be out there having fun. You’re going to have fights, but other than that, we’re a team.”
Position watch – Cornerbacks: A couple players in the secondary had good days on Saturday, with the Chargers coming out in full pads for the first time.Free-agent addition Brandon Flowers looked more comfortable, breaking up a couple of passes intended for Keenan Allen during one-on-ones.
Undrafted rookie free-agent Chris Davis also made his presence known, finishing with a couple of pass breakups and an interception. And veteran Richard Marshall had a nice interception during one-on-ones against Malcom Floyd.
Flowers, who did not have an offseason with a team, said he’s working himself into shape and expects his performance to only get better as he becomes more familiar with John Pagano’s defense. Flowers moved inside to play slot defender when San Diego went with six defensive backs with the first unit. Flowers and Shareece Wright remain the cornerbacks working with the starters.
“Every day I’m going to get more comfortable and more confident, just getting my feet up under me,” Flowers said. “Getting down my angles and just getting my body in football shape. So everyday I’m going to get better and better. I knew it was going to be tough starting off, but I’m just trying to keep it going every day.”
Injury report: Clary (shoulder, hip) remains on the active, physically unable to perform (PUP) list. His replacements, Johnnie Troutman and Chris Watt also had to leave the field at the end of practice due to dehydration, head coach Mike McCoy told Alex Flanagan of the NFL Network. McCoy spoke briefly to reporters after practice, and did not address the injuries. Receiver Vincent Brown (calf), linebacker Andrew Gachkar (undisclosed) and center Nick Hardwick (rest) did not practice on Saturday.
Coach’s corner: During 11-on-11 drills, reserve quarterback Kellen Clemens checked to a quick slant, but cornerback Crezdon Butler managed to get a hand on the ball intended for Dontrelle Inman. Inside linebacker Reggie Walker was pursuing on the play, corralled the tip and walked into the end zone for a score.
At 6-1 and 190 pounds, Butler is a rarity on San Diego’s roster – a press-cover cornerback over 6-foot tall.
“I hope I’m the best,” Butler said, when informed he’s the tallest cornerback on the roster. “That’s all I want to do [is make the roster].”
McCoy said creating turnovers continues to be a point of emphasis for the Chargers this year, and the defense created their fair share on Saturday. Walker sported a shirt with the defense’s slogan this year of TD: Tackle and disguise – turnover and disrupt.
“That’s basically the motto – have a good disguise and create turnovers and get off of the field,” Walker said.
You don’t say: “I love competition. It’s been like that my whole career, from college to the pros. It makes you better. You never can get down on yourself. Competition is competition. If you look it up in the dictionary, somewhere it should say, ‘makes the other person better.’” -- Chargers cornerback Crezdon Butler on the competition he faces in making the 53-man roster.
Up next: The Chargers practice at 5:50 p.m. ET on Sunday and 12:20 p.m. ET on Monday before taking a day off on Tuesday. Both practices are open to the public and take place at Chargers Park.