Wednesday, August 9, 2017

By Steven Herbert

The full Los Angeles Chargers team made its first appearance at StubHub Center Saturday for a joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams before a crowd estimated by a team official at approximately 8,000.

Admission to the approximately two-hour, 15-minute ticketed practice was limited to Chargers season ticket holders and those on the waiting list.

Defensive end Melvin Ingram called the atmosphere amazing.

"Since we've been out here (the fans) have welcomed us with open arms," said Ingram, who is beginning his sixth season in the NFL, all with the Chargers.

The Chargers are set to play at the approximately 30,000-seat StubHub Center through 2019, before joining the Rams at a stadium under construction in Inglewood in 2020.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn called StubHub Center, by far the smallest stadium in the NFL, "an awesome environment."

"The players loved it," Lynn said. "Can't wait to play here."

The Chargers will open preseason play at StubHub Center Aug. 13 against the Seattle Seahawks. Their first regular-season game there will be Sept. 17 against the Miami Dolphins.

With both teams having about 90 players on their rosters, the practice included simultaneous "red zone" segments on the opposite ends of the field. There were also full-field, two-minute, seven on seven, punting and field goal segments.

"It felt like a typical training camp practice," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "(We) just happened to be going against another team."

Rivers said his team "has a lot of work to do," which he later called a typical sentiment in the first week of training camp. The Chargers began practicing on Sunday.

"If we were perfect today, there would be a little bit of concern," Rivers said. "There's nothing alarming."

Lynn said he thought his team "started slow, but I liked the way we finished. Early on ... we couldn't hold on to the football. The guys competed hard."

Rams coach Sean McVay said "there was some good, some bad, some things we need to clean up, but I thought it was great work that we got today."

Quarterback Jared Goff, who was 0-7 as a starter in 2016 after being the first player chosen in that year's draft, "did a nice job in the two-minute drill taking completions, being smart with the football and then at the end where we did a little bit of move the ball, he made some good third-down throws," McVay said.

The teams will also conduct a joint practice Wednesday at UC Irvine, where the Rams are conducting their training camp for the second consecutive season.