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What The Chargers Said Following Their Second Preseason Game Against The Seahawks

Postgame quotes from the Chargers following their second preseason game against the Seahawks.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith throws pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith throws pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


(Opening ...) "Classic example of a bend-but-don't-break defense. Normally we don't see deep balls going over our heads like we did today, but they didn't let them in the end zone, and that was the most important thing. Some of these guys are showing up and they're very consistent. They're starting to carry over things from practice into games, which make us easier for us to evaluate. I thought [Mike] Pouncey did an excellent job in the run game on that line. I thought Mike Williams showed up and doing the things that he's doing. That young running back, [Detrez] Newsome — thought he played the game well and finished. We only had two backs, just Melvin [Gordon] and Newsome, so he played a lot of snaps. Special teams and backfield — I thought he did a heck of a job. It's good to see some of those guys just make plays that they made because they made them in practice and pretty soon we have to make these decisions on that 53. That's just going to make it that much easier for us."

(On QB Philip Rivers with the first team offense ...) "I see that every day in practice. Those offense and defense runs, they go at it every day, so he moves the ball down the field. He did it today."

(On what he took away from this game ...) "The guys, like I said earlier, the guys are playing the most consistent football right now and it's smart. We're not going to beat ourselves. That's the thing that we recite every single day. There are some guys that are going to be disappointed tomorrow when they watch the tape because of penalties. But so what? Certain guys have turned the corner. They understand the speed of the game. They're executing. They're playing physical and clean football. It's good to see some of the guys do that."

(On playing at home ...) "It's always good to come home and play in front of your family and friends and your fans. So it felt good to be back here."


(On the first drive of the game ...) "We were hitting on all cylinders. As far as passing, rushing and blocking it, we were getting the job done. Kudos to us, but we still have a lot of work to do."

(On running behind C Mike Pouncey ...) "Good. Just how fast he gets to the second level. It helps better with the reads. I'm able to read a little faster. When guys get on guys, it makes it really easy for me to run."


(On the team going up against Seahawks QB Russell Wilson during the first half ...) "It's good. Russell moves around and we talk almost every play. It's good to get out there and chase somebody around and bring them down."


(On making the 53-man roster ...) "As a receiver, it's kind of hard. You have Keenan Allen [and] Tyrell [Williams]. Those are great players. They're here and they've been doing it. Special teams, we're returning kicks. With my speed, I ran a 4.2 [in the 40-yard dash] on my pro day and that can help me return a kick. Once again, I just want to thank my teammates and everybody for helping me get into the situation to put my team in the best place that it can be by scoring a touchdown."

(On kickoff returns and punt returns ...) "I love doing both. Kickoff returns, you have time to set up and block, but punt return, you have to find the ball in the air, while moving two or three yards right in front of me. It's a quicker transition trying to make guys miss doing punt returns. If I had to choose one, it would be punt returns."

(On if he's in the spotlight ...) "It looks like it is [on me now]. It was a great opportunity, a great chance to make a play. I'd like to thank the other 10 guys who helped me get the opportunity."


(On thoughts about the game ...) "We won, so that's always a good thing. I feel like the offense played pretty well. We made some plays. Obviously, there are things we can improve on, but we'll watch the film and go from there."

(On thoughts about his performance ...) "Personally, I felt pretty good out there. I think the [offensive] line did a great job protecting and the wide receivers did a wonderful job getting open. It just made my job easier."

(On the touchdown pass to WR Mike Williams ...) "Oh yeah, that's all Mike. Mike's a great receiver and you need to give him a chance [to go up and catch the ball]. The [offensive] line did a great job protecting me and giving me a shot to get back there and deliver. That's why he was drafted early and he showcased some of his ability."

(On thoughts about the remainder of the preseason ...) "I think opportunity is important and you have to take advantage of it. Every time I get an opportunity, I look forward to it, try to get out there and give it my best."


(On his touchdown ...) "I'd just seen it on the field a couple plays before that when I was on the sideline — coach let me get a 'go' ball. He believed in me, called the play and the results were good. [QB] Geno [Smith] gave me a chance to go up and make a play, and I went up and got it. I just needed it. I felt like I was doing it in practice and I just needed to translate it to a game."

(On the first home game ...) "It felt good. [The fans] were bringing the energy. I thought it was real loud in here. This team is going to come out here and play hard."

(On working with QB Philip Rivers ...) "Every day we're working. Every day, all the receivers are getting all good work with all of the quarterbacks. So we have to continue to get better every day, continue to get balls from them and make the plays that come our way."

Game action photos from the Seahawks' second preseason game of 2018 against the Chargers in Los Angeles.