Philip Rivers and Jason Verrett match wits at Chargers' OTA practice

SAN DIEGO -- Jason Verrett read the eyes of Philip Rivers, jumped a corner route and intercepted a ball intended for Keenan Allen in the end zone during 7-on-7 drills.

You can bet Rivers noticed Verrett speeding the other way, because on the very next snap Rivers went at Verrett and hit Allen on a back-shoulder fade for a touchdown.

The two plays were part of a spirited Tuesday practice during organized team activities for the San Diego Chargers as they continue to build toward the 2016 season.

“The main focus is to not allow the offense in the end zone, so it was real intense out there,” Verrett said. “He got me on that back-shoulder, but that’s what it’s all about. I’m learning from that, so I appreciate him doing that.

“That’s the way I play. Every snap when me and Keenan line up, we’re like, ‘Let’s go.’ That’s the same mentality we had last year, and we’re looking to do the best on the best.”

The Chargers worked mostly in the red zone during 7-on-7 and team drills. While the defense did a good job at creating turnovers, they didn’t keep the offense totally out of the end zone.

Danny Woodhead made some nice catches for scores along the sideline, and speedy receiver Travis Benjamin continues to show he can create separation for Rivers to find him down the field.

Running back Melvin Gordon participated in team drills for the first time during offseason work but looked tentative as he continues to rehab from microfracture knee surgery in January.

Gordon still has a ways to go before he’s fully healthy, but it’s good to see that he can put some pressure on his knee and attempt to make some open-field cuts. Slowing down is another issue.

Some tidbits from practice: