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COSTA MESA Youth Hunter Henry Jerseys , Calif. (AP) — slogan literally during a joint practice two years ago. Both coaches were thankful there wasn’t a sequel on Thursday.“That was a good professional practice,” Lynn said after the two-hour session at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, which is the Chargers’ training camp base. “It was clean and there were a lot of plays back and forth.”The teams were involved in three fights during a practice at UC Irvine in 2017 with the most notable being Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen taking down Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. Allen’s highlight this time was making a diving catch near the Rams’ sideline on a deep ball from Philip Rivers.Rams safety Eric Weddle, who played for the Chargers from 2007-15, said going against his former club was good, especially a week into training camp.“They gave us different looks and Philip is one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” Weddle said. “There weren’t any cheap shots or anything you have to worry about. We got great work out of it.”The practice was also a good early gage to see how the Chargers are coping without running back Melvin Gordon and offensive left tackle Russell Okung. Gordon is holding out for a contract extension while Okung is out indefinitely due to blood clots.Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson got most of the first team snaps at running back. Both showed some flashes with a couple nice gains after finding openings.Ekeler, who is going into this third season, said he is getting more reps with the first team but getting the same amount of overall plays during practice.“It’s still the same plays and reads. It is six running backs in camp, so we have a good rotation,” he said. “Even if he was here, we have same mentality. We still have to move forward.”Ekeler emerged last season as a good complementary back to Gordon due to his speed and ability to catch it out of the backfield. Jackson did not see much action until late in the season Hunter Henry Jerseys Stitched , when Gordon missed three games with a knee injury, but performed well when needed. He got the start in the Week 15 win over Kansas City, gaining 58 yards on 16 carries and scoring a touchdown.“We’re all trying to expand our game,” Jackson said. “Melvin has been the bell cow and gets a lot of the inside runs. For all of us to get those runs too and more experience, that’s important.”Lynn said he felt like the offensive line held its own against the Rams, especially Trent Scott, who has been seeing more time at left tackle due to Okung’s injury. Scott and Sam Tevi would be in line to be the two tackles if Okung would not be ready for the Sept. 6 opener against Indianapolis.“There are some things that we can do once we get into the games to help the young guys that we’re not doing right now,” Lynn said. “Right now, we want to see them struggle a little bit and get better.”Rams coach Sean McVay said the workouts have come at a perfect time for his team after four sessions of installing their system. They will hold a brief practice on Friday before the two teams meet again at the Rams field at UC Irvine on Saturday.Ekeler is hoping that cooler heads will continue to prevail.“I remember coming in two years ago the intensity level was pretty high but today it was pretty chill and just like a normal practice,” he said. “It is great because in training camp there are going to be mistakes. We still can get excited and not have to fight each other.” MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins‘ offensive line is a revolving door, and not just during games.On the right side they’re tried three starters who joined the team after the exhibition season. Two of them were quickly sidelined by injuries, and another injury last week forced third-round draft pick Michael Deiter to slide over from guard to left tackle Youth Michael Badgley Jerseys , were he struggled.No wonder the Dolphins rank last in the NFL in many offensive categories, including points. Quarterback Josh Rosen might be running for his life a lot again Sunday when Miami (0-3) faces the Los Angeles Chargers (1-2).Article continues below ...“Sooner or later I think we’ll get some consistency going,” Rosen said of his line. “We’re just trying to find the best spots to put guys in.”That may take the rest of this season and beyond. Meanwhile, here are things to know about a game that has the team traveling 2,500 miles to kick off at 10 a.m. California time favored by 16½ points even though it hasn’t won in Miami since January 1982:WHERE’S THE BLOCKING?The Dolphins have scored one touchdown and are on pace to total 85 points, which would shatter the record for fewest points in a 16-game season by Seattle, which scored 140 in 1992.Miami has allowed 13 sacks and is averaging 2.6 yards per rush, both statistics a reflection of bad blocking. A lineup unsettled largely because of an ongoing roster purge hasn’t helped.“When it’s always being shuffled around, the rhythm is a little bit off,” Deiter said. “But if that’s how it’s going to be week to week, that’s how it is. Whether it’s people leaving or people getting hurt, football is super unpredictable. Whoever is out there Michael Badgley Jerseys Stitched , we have to make it work. It can’t be an excuse not to play good football.”This week’s question is whether the Chargers take advantage of the matchup; their line play has been a problem on both sides of the ball. A pass rush led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram has totaled four sacks, while the offensive line is without injured left tackle Russell Okung, and Philip Rivers was sacked five times last week.“I think the guys understand we need some urgency right now,” coach Anthony Lynn said.SECONDARY MATTERSThe Chargers have three defensive backs on injured reserve, including safeties Derwin James and Adrian Phillips. Undrafted rookie Roderick Teamer, who got the start at strong safety last week against Houston, had seven tackles but was exposed in coverage on a couple of occasions. Cornerback Brandon Facyson, a second-year undrafted player, also started last week.The Chargers have allowed only three 300-yard passing games since the start of the 2017 season, but all three have been losses.ON THE RUNChargers running back Melvin Gordon was moved to the active roster Saturday and is expected to play. Gordon ended his holdout Thursday after missing all of training camp.Even though Gordon hasn’t played a snap this season, the running game has not had a dropoff. Austin Ekeler leads AFC running backs in yards from scrimmage and Justin Jackson is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.According to Inside Edge, Chargers running backs are averaging a league-best 6.5 yards from scrimmage per touch and 5.4 yards per carry Youth Thomas Davis Jerseys , which is third best. The Dolphins are 2-14 when allowing 120 or more rushing yards since the start of the 2017 season, tied for fourth-worst in the league.FAVORITE TARGETUndrafted rookie Preston Williams leads the Dolphins in catches and yards receiving with 11 for 155. He and Rosen have known each other since high school, when they met at an event for recruits in Oregon.“We’re just reuniting back here,” Williams said. “It’s pretty cool. We’ve got to get a little bit more chemistry down, a little bit more work together so we can just polish up some things. I feel like me and him will be real fine.”In last week’s loss at Dallas, eight of the 12 passes Rosen threw to Williams fell incomplete, including a potential touchdown throw.WHO’S NO. 1?The Dolphins have gutted their roster and horded draft picks, and as a result they’ve been outscored by 117 points, the NFL’s largest three-game differential since at least 1940.But the race for the No. 1 choice could be close. Five other teams are also 0-5, and the Dolphins have five games against them.

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