COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Usually the first day of pads is an electric atmosphere at training camp, as players finally get a chance to let loose and hit somebody after months of tagging off on ball carriers.
But while there were a smattering of decent hits Tuesday, the first day of padded practiced lacked a sense of urgency for the Los Angeles Chargers. Coach Anthony Lynn took notice.
"I think the intensity is going to improve," Lynn said. "It was [there] at times. I thought we started out a little timid early, but it did pick up."
Safety Dwight Lowery said it could take a little bit of time for players to get used to the feeling of wearing shoulder pads and pads in their pants for the first time along with the helmets.
"It's a different feel when you've got this whole structure on," Lowery said. "You move different. You're not as limber in this and you don't move as freely as you do in shorts. So it's just making adjustments there. And over time the more reps you get, it's going to become second nature.
Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley also says players have to get used to the tempo and tone Lynn has set for padded practices.
"Part of it is you're getting a feel for the tempo of practice -- thud and let the ball carrier run," Bradley said. "Not that there's any excuse for that, but I think they're still feeling it out for each other."
Feeney impresses: Third-round selection Dan Feeney continues to look comfortable on the practice field, getting reps with the starters at center and guard. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said it's too early to evaluate the rookie out of Indiana because the Chargers haven't had many practices in pads. However, Whisenhunt said Feeney is headed in the right direction. "I've really liked what I've seen from him as far as how he works," Whisenhunt said. "Nothing seems to bother him -- he does a nice job with that. But it's a whole different ball game when you put the pads on going against NFL talent. But I don't think it's going to be too big for him." ... Undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo did not miss a kick during a special teams session working on field goals, while incumbent Josh Lambo pushed one wide left.
Injury update: Lynn said rookie Mike Williams is continuing to rehab from his lower back disc herniation and remains on the physically unable to perform list. Lynn said Williams will be on the field when he's healthy. However, Lynn offered more optimistic news on cornerback Jason Verrett, stating that the TCU product could come off the PUP list and practice by the end of the week. Lynn said receiver Dontrelle Inman, who had sports hernia surgery in the offseason, was limited to individual work but could be cleared for full contact soon. Safety Darrell Stuckey remains on the PUP list with a knee injury, and receiver Geremy Davis sat out practice for the first time with an unspecified injury.