Early in Wednesday’s joint apply, Johnson jammed Dontrelle Inman on the line of scrimmage after which shadowed the receiver up the sector as Rivers fired a midrange move. The gamers tangled as they fell to the bottom however the battle continued.
Johnson took off his helmet and punched Inman, beginning the primary of three fights and skirmishes between the groups throughout a exercise that energized and entertained a capability crowd at UC Irvine.
Johnson and Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman stated Rivers had been speaking.
“He began it,” Johnson stated, “and we principally completed it.”
Rivers didn’t converse with reporters after the exercise.
For a corporation that has principally ignored the Chargers’ “Battle for L.A.” slogan, Rams gamers have been fast to hitch the a number of frays.
The preliminary scuffle between Johnson and Inman had paused when Robey-Coleman rushed towards them. Robey-Coleman then shoved Inman to the bottom, bringing gamers from each groups into the struggle.
“Feelings acquired slightly excessive and I needed to defend my teammate,” Robey-Coleman stated. “That’s a part of the code. … As a veteran I do know higher, and I do know I’ve acquired to have my teammates’ again it doesn’t matter what.”
Rams coach Sean McVay had warned gamers earlier than apply to not battle, Robey-Coleman stated.
“I sort of went towards it however it was for my teammate,” stated Robey-Coleman, who was taken to the locker room to chill off however later returned.
Cornerback E.J. Gaines was concerned within the subsequent two fights, rising bloodied from the primary.
McVay gathered his gamers after the primary incident.
“We all the time need to be aware and sensible of how we do that,” McVay stated of joint practices, including, “Luckily, no one received harm because of it and we’ll attempt to be aware of these issues shifting ahead.”
The Rams and Chargers will play an exhibition recreation on the Coliseum on Aug. 26.
The fights resulted from “pleasant competitors,” Johnson stated, including that the Rams secondary has all the time been “feisty.”
“The place I’m from, if someone goes to provoke it, we gonna end it,” he stated. “Particularly myself.”
Johnson acknowledged that eradicating his helmet was uncommon.
“I’m from Stockton, man,” he stated, laughing. “It simply got here out of me, it actually did. I’m not going to take no mess from no one, I don’t care who it’s.”
Regardless of the fights, Johnson described it as a productive exercise for the Rams protection.
“Philip Rivers, he’s going to be a future Corridor of Famer,” stated Johnson, who intercepted a Hail Mary on the finish of a two-minute drill. “Simply constructing confidence proper now. I’m pleased with my guys.”
Quarterback Jared Goff accomplished about half of his passes throughout full-squad drills and struggled through the two-minute portion.
However there was a shiny spot: Goff accomplished a number of lengthy passes throughout different drills.
“Yeah, about time proper?” he stated, jokingly.
Goff related with Okay.D. Cannon and tight finish Tyler Higbee for the lengthy good points.
“Early on in camp you’re simply determining timing typically and just a few various things with guys,” he stated. “However it takes time typically.
“I feel they’re beginning to come. We have been beginning to hit a couple of. … It was a great job by the receivers of getting open downfield.”
And so on.
Receiver Paul McRoberts made a number of robust catches over the center and close to the sideline. … Shakeir Ryan, an undrafted free agent from Northwestern State, continued a powerful camp by returning a punt for a landing. … Cornerback Troy Hill intercepted a move by quarterback Cardale Jones.
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