Melvin Gordon shines in test run of Qualcomm Stadium

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers' first-round pick, running back Melvin Gordon, looked explosive in his first opportunity to perform in front of hometown fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

The University of Wisconsin product burst through the line of scrimmage for a couple of sizeable gains and also caught the ball well out of the backfield while working with the starters Saturday in front of over 17,000 fans Saturday at the team's annual FanFest.

"it felt good," Gordon said. "It's different playing on a home field of mine and it's not Wisconsin, so it felt good.

"We came out here and we did what we wanted to do. We still got a ways to go to be the team we want to be, but we're definitely moving forward."

Chargers coach Mike McCoy also liked what he saw from the team in general, and specifically from Gordon.

"He did a nice job," McCoy said. "We'll go watch the film like we do after every practice to evaluate things. But he got some nice runs in there. The next time we're out here for real, we'll really see how we're doing as a football team."

Most important for McCoy is the Chargers appeared to get through the practice of a little over an hour without any injuries. San Diego will take Sunday off and hit the practice field back at Chargers Park on Monday.

Other tidbits:

  • This sign with the words "The Los Angeles Area Chargers" drew loud boos from the fans and chants of "Take the sign down."

  • In the starting offense's only full drive, it had to settle for a Nick Novak 37-yard field goal. The unit led by Philip Rivers also scored twice from inside the 10-yard line in situational work, with touchdown passes to Dontrelle Inman and Keenan Allen.

  • Melvin Ingram did a nice job rushing the passer and chasing running backs in pursuit. His play highlighted the first-team defense.

  • Darrell Stuckey intercepted a Kellen Clemens' pass intended for tight end David Paulsen in the end zone and took it back over 100 yards the other way for a score while working with the second-unit defense.

  • D.J. Fluker continued to work at right guard with the starters as Johnnie Troutman works to get back to 100 percent. Joe Barksdale worked at right tackle.

  • Receiver Javontee Herndon made an impressive, leaping catch along the sideline while working with the second unit.

  • Defensive tackle Sean Lissemore did not practice, sitting out with a soft cast on his left arm. Cornerback Greg Ducre remains out with a lower leg injury, but is out of the walking boot.