Costa Mesa, CA – Fans packed the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa for the Los Angeles Chargers first ever blue-white scrimmage Saturday morning. The Chargers went live and simulated game action to prepare for their first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
“We put them in some game situations, and it felt like it on the field,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. “We believe, the more times we can expose them to this type of atmosphere, the better they’re going to get. You’re always concerned about injuries when you have a scrimmage or a live period, but they came out pretty clean. I’m very pleased with that.”
Wide receiver Mike Williams had a solid day during the scrimmage, catching two touchdowns and hauling in a deep pass down field. Geno Smith found Williams in the back of the end zone for the first score.
Philip Rivers connected with Williams for his second touchdown. Last year’s first round continues to improve and showcase his play-making abilities.
“I wanted to get out in front of them and show them that I can make some plays,” Williams said. “They were enjoying the day. I appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us.”
Rivers moved the offense with ease and found Tyrell Williams deep down field for a big gain. Several plays later, Rivers hit tight end Virgil Green down the seam for a 15-yard gain.
“We did some good things,” Rivers said. “There are plenty of things to work on, coach on from — correct when we watch the tape this afternoon. We’re still early, shoot, it’s August 4. We still have over a month until the opener. We just have to keep heading in the right direction.”
The Chargers will hold a walk-through closed to the public on Sunday. They’ll return to training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Monday.