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New Weapons Star in Scrimmage

LaDainian Tomlinson and Santonio Holmes stood out in today's scrimmage.

Tomlinson, who was split out wide left, beat David Harris on a go route to make an emphatic statement.

"That was kind of my plan just to show people that I can still play this game," said Tomlinson, who had two catches for 85 yards and a TD. "I still got a lot left in the tank. People are starting to see that I still got a lot left in the tank."

Ryan praised Tomlinson’s pass protection skills and pass-catching prowess.


Holmes caught passes for 29 and 33 yards as well for an offense that Sanchez dubbed "big play by committee."

Said Holmes: "I treated it as if it was a gameday. I know I got to go out there and perform. I got a lot of fans here watching. Everyone’s anticipating what I’m going to do and how I’m going to play. How is the chemistry going to be between myself and the team and with Mark? We’re learning together right now. We’re trusting each other…. Truth be told, that’s all myself, Jerricho (Cotchery) and Braylon (Edwards) do - talk about great we can be."

Let's not go crazy over a few plays in practice, but Tomlinson beating Harris is impressive even if coverage isn't really his thing. With two young backs, LT's ability to pass protect will be key on passing downs.

This is an important time for Holmes. He'll be out the first four weeks so this time will be critical for him to get used to the offense and playing with Sanchez as his quarterback. It's very good to hear he seems to be on the same page.