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Justin Herbert’s passing, DeAndre Carter’s receiving highlight Chargers scrimmage

COSTA MESA — Justin Herbert zipped a pass down the middle of the field for a completion to wide receiver DeAndre Carter for a big gain on a third-down play. Outside linebacker Khalil Mack blew up a couple of running plays. Linemen Sebastian Joseph-Day and Zion Johnson scuffled.

Chargers coach Brandon Staley then called Sunday night’s scrimmage at Jack Hammett Sports Complex “a clean operation.” It was the Chargers’ first chance in training camp to go deeper into the playbook than in previous scripted practices over the first two weeks.

“We got in a lot of work today in all three phases and that’s what we were shooting for, for all three phases to get a lot of work,” Staley said, referring to the offense, defense and special teams. “I loved the flow of the scrimmage. We came out of it a better football team, for sure.”

There were plenty of highlights, with Herbert connecting with a number of receivers and running backs, with Mack showing flashes of the disruptive force he could be when the season begins, and with a little bit of tension erupting as the two-hour session continued.

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