Chargers notes, Manti Te’o on Tyler Eifert, Stevie Johnson on Pacman’s dirty tactics

by Marty Caswell

The Chargers defense held their own in week one against the likes of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

The task doesn’t get any easier versus the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green or the talented running back duo of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

Tight end Tyler Eifert, the Bengals 2013 1st round pick out of Notre Dame, had the best game of his young career in week one versus the Raiders, catching 9 passes for 104 yard and two touchdowns in the Bengals 33-13 romper over Oakland.

The 6’6, 250 pound Eifert, was the Bengals first round pick of the 2013 draft. His former Notre Dame teammate, Manti Te’o, the Chargers 2nd round pick from the same draft, discussed what it was like to cover him them and what he sees from him now. (Above)

The Best 46 

Mike McCoy was asked about the Chargers best option this Sunday at right guard and without hesitation said they’d do whatever is best for the team, including “we’ll play the healthiest 46 guys and we’ll make that decision as the week goes on.”

Regardless, the Chargers will have a new starter on their offensive line on Sunday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

With D.J. Fluker out for a significant amount of time with an undisclosed ankle injury, Chris Hairston took a majority of the first team reps in his place during Wednesday’s practice.

Hairston, whose only NFL experience on the offensive line has been at tackle, filled in nicely at guard for Fluker last Sunday and cited the biggest challenge of moving inside.

“The speed of the game changes a little bit,” Hairston said.

“At tackle it’s usually looking out, reading the defensive end and maybe to an outside linebacker. At guard, you’re reading from the nose, front side and back side, to the linebacker that the quarterback has identified for us, to the outside guy. There’s just a lot more to process.”

Pac-Man

Several Chargers players took note of Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones ripping the helmet off of Raiders receiver Amari Cooper and slamming his head into it, an absurd action that cost him $35,000. Jones wasn’t apologetic about his actions and told reporters he couldn’t promise that it won’t happen again.

Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson says he’s not worried about Jones’ extraordinary behavior.

“I’m not even worried about that,” Johnson said. “I don’t think any of us are worried about whatever tactics he’s using against receivers or rookie receivers. We not tripping. We’re just out to play football and do our thing.”

“I mean that’s  going to be on him. He’s shown he does things like that, talking trash, If you’re weak-minded, I guess he’ll get to you. You’ve just got to be tough and we’ve already went over that in our room with our coach. We’ll be ready for it.”

Injuries

Safety Jahleel Addae did not practice and was seen around the facility with a walking boot on his left foot. Jacoby Jones did not practice with what’s being termed an ankle injury. Kyle Emanuel (shoulder), Brandon Flowers (knee) were limited but Jerry Attaochu and Craig Mager were full participants after missing Sunday with hamstring injuries.

Kyle Emanuel by Marty Caswell
Kyle Emanuel by Marty Caswell

Don’t Mess with Bison

Chargers rookie outside linebacker Kyle Emanuel joined Darren Smith to discuss his first NFL start and interception,  focus on the Bengals and passionate North Dakota State fans. Listen to it HERE

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