CARSON, Calif. -- While the Los Angeles Chargers had some bright moments Saturday during their first joint practice against the Los Angeles Rams at the StubHub Center, quarterback Philip Rivers told reporters his team will have plenty of things to correct after they watch the film.
"From a football standpoint we've got a lot work to do, which is to be expected," Rivers said. "But we have plenty of time to get that done."
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn offered a similar assessment of the two-hour scrimmage.
"We started out a little slow, but I liked the way we finished," Lynn said. "The guys competed hard. It was good to get new bodies out there, and we had a good time competing against each other."
It's only a week into camp, so of course the Chargers are not going to play mistake-free football. Saturday offered a good opportunity for the team to work on offense, defense and the kicking game.
After working through some of those issues over the next two days of practice, the Chargers will scrimmage the Rams again Wednesday.
"We did some good things," Rivers said. "We popped some things in the run game and had a few things in the passing game. They made some plays. It felt like a typical training camp practice, and we just happened to be going against another team."
I thought Melvin Gordon started where he left off last season and ran the ball decisively, particularly when the Chargers used the full field on team drills. And in the competition for the No. 2 running back spot, Branden Oliver's play stood out.
After a sluggish start, Melvin Ingram and the entire defensive line up front played solid for the Chargers. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was under a lot of pressure throughout the day, with Ingram leading the charge.
Tight end Jeff Cumberland continues to have a good camp, and made a couple of nice plays in the passing game. Along with Cumberland, second-year pro Hunter Henry had his way with the Rams' defense in the red zone.
Feeney also played right guard with that group, with Tuerk moving to center and Donavon Clark coming in to play left guard.
I thought the first-unit offensive line was solid, particularly toward the end of the scrimmage. But right now I really want to see how this group plays in the first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and see Lynn settle with a group before making further judgments.