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Chargers FB Chris Swain juggles football, military obligation in camp

SAN DIEGO -- While the San Diego Chargers competed in a controlled scrimmage at Qualcomm Stadium over the weekend, fullback Chris Swain was on Coronado Island performing his introductory work for his first assignment out of the Naval Academy.

Part of fulfilling his military obligation as a Naval reserve officer, Swain must perform two duty days a month with the Navy, even during an exhaustive and competitive training camp.

Multitasking is something athletes who attend military academies have grown accustomed to, juggling their work with their playing careers.

During the regular season, Swain can perform his duty days during off days for the Chargers like Tuesday.

"I'm just starting to get adjusted," Swain said. "The organization has done a good job of working with me so I can fulfill my military obligation. I'm blessed to be in the situation I am with a team that's willing to work with me."

San Diego coach Mike McCoy said he's pleased the Navy has been willing to work with the team.

"We're very thankful to have him on our football team," McCoy said. "We thanked him for what he's doing for our country. He's a great guy to have in our organization with us."

On the field, Swain is making progress in San Diego's new offensive system as a fullback, along with trying to earn a spot on special teams. Swain has looked good working as a blocker in run-blocking drills, but he is still a work in progress in the passing game.

"I'm enjoying it," Swain said. "I feel like that's what they brought me in here to do, to put on the pads and hit somebody. I just have to get more of an understanding of the game, the route concepts and catching the ball. That's one of the things I feel like I'm adjusting to, and also techniques in blocking."

Drew Kaser earns punter job: The Chargers waived punter Kasey Redfern and offensive tackle Mike McQueen, meaning rookie sixth-round draft pick Kaser has won the punting job. McCoy said he liked how the strong-legged punter performed last week, and he wanted to make sure Kaser got enough reps during training camp to get ready for the regular season. With the vacant roster spots, the Chargers added defensive tackle Zamir Carlis and wide receiver Rico Richardson.

Chargers bring back Fred Graves: San Diego announced that former wide receivers coach Fred Graves has been brought back as a senior offensive assistant. Graves was one of six coaches fired by McCoy after his team's 4-12 campaign. He returns in a different capacity as a coach who will help oversee the entire offense. Nick Sirianni remains the receivers coach for the Chargers.