Already a handful of days into training camp, the San Diego Chargers have been putting in relentless work to prepare for the upcoming season, and the evidence of that is all right here in a team photo gallery.
Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words—if that's the case, then these photos taken during training camp will have plenty to say about the team's progress. Instead of reading up on the activities going on during camp, take a minute to see the action right before your eyes.
San Diego's rookie linebacker goes one-on-one with the eight-time Pro Bowl tight end during training camp. For Te'o, the advantage of having Gates to work with in practice should translate into more developed coverage skills.
Danario Alexander participates in his first training camp with the Chargers after being signed midseason in 2012. Like he did last season, Alexander will play a pivotal role on offense and should be Philip Rivers' No. 1 target in 2013.
Rivers has a lot riding on his performance during training camp this season. Mike McCoy expects his quarterback to bounce back from an abysmal 2012 and lead the team back into postseason contention.
As U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken reported via his Twitter, Dwight Freeney reclaimed his signature No. 93 after shelling out some coin to fellow teammate Cam Thomas. Now that he looks like the Freeney of old, the Chargers will be hoping his play resembles the Freeney of old as well.
Fluker's positive attitude has been noticeably present since the moment he was drafted by the Chargers No. 11 overall last April. It shouldn't take long for the offensive lineman to employ the same leadership qualities in San Diego that he once employed with his teammates at Alabama.
Butler and Te'o share a wealth of talent between them, but the most fascinating characteristic the two linebackers possess is instinct. The duo will almost surely end up with the most total tackles on the team next year, but in addition they both have the ability to make game-changing plays if given the opportunity.
Like Dwight Freeney, Brown also underwent a number change this offseason—from No. 30 to No. 23. Brown wore the number during his glory days at Auburn and with the Miami Dolphins. The 31-year-old hasn't been able to recover the better part of his career lately, but he should wind up being the Chargers' third option at running back this season—his second with the team.
It's too early to tell what exactly the planned role is for Meachem this year after he bombed in his debut season with the Chargers in 2012. Philip Rivers wasn't able to connect with Meachem much last season, but maybe things have changed after a year.
Mathews has arguably the biggest chip on his shoulder heading into this season. 2012 was supposed to be his breakout year, but injuries forced the former first-round pick to play catch-up all season. Now in his fourth year, Mathews has to prove to Tom Telesco he's worth keeping around long-term.
Mike McCoy accepted the head coaching position with the Chargers knowing that he'd have to solve the lingering problems with his quarterback, but he also recognized the fact that Rivers still has the drive to be an elite passer. The key to a successful season rests on the level of communication between head coach and quarterback in San Diego.
Even with Mathews expected to handle most of the workload at running back, Woodhead should be prominently featured on offense for the Chargers. The former New England Patriot will attempt to form a chemistry with Philip Rivers much like he did with Tom Brady.
After a year away from the football field due to injury, Brown is expected to return to the Chargers in full force this season. In just his second full season, Brown is vying for a starting spot in training camp.
The Chargers' third-round pick out of Cal is defended by Johnny Patrick during training camp. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2012, Allen has made good on his intentions of being ready to work in camp. He, too, is hopeful for a starting spot, though he has quite a bit of competition ahead of him.
When Ingram went down with an ACL injury in OTAs, his status for the 2013 season looked bleak—but that hasn't stopped the second-year player from putting in his rehab work. During camp, Ingram has been working on his recovery with the hope that a late return is still possible.
Undrafted rookie and cousin of former Charger Antonio Cromartie, Marcus goes up against Eddie Royal during training camp. Cromartie's biggest challenge in camp will be making the final roster while Royal has a much bigger situation. In his second year with the Chargers, Royal has a lot of making up to do after a poor 2012.
San Diego's free-agent pickup from Jacksonville further demonstrates why he was on the team's offseason radar with this broken up pass against Floyd during camp. Cox has dealt with a history of injuries during his career, but his health is so much more important this year considering he's the team's only legitimate starter.
If you haven't done so already and you're in the area, check out the Chargers' official website at chargers.com to get training camp dates and times to come out and watch practice in person. It's free and a great way to see how the players are progressing during camp.