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Thomas Davis making good first impression on Chargers

Thomas Davis

FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers’ Thomas Davis waits on the field before the NFL football team’s practice in Charlotte, N.C. Davis says he would consider playing beyond 2018 _ if the team would have him. Davis’ contract expires after this season. Davis, who has played for the Panthers since 2015 doesn’t like the idea of ending his career in a season which will start with him serving a four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


For the first time in 15 NFL seasons, Thomas Davis was working out for someone other than the Panthers.

But even though he’s with the Chargers now, he’s working out with the same intensity for which he’s become known.

Via Ricky Henne of the team’s official website, the 36-year-old Davis was pacing his new teammates through sprints and other workouts yesterday, at the head of the pack when defensive front seven players, offensive linemen and tight ends were doing their conditioning.

“I love to compete,” Davis said. “That’s one of the things that’s allowed me to be able to play for this long. I just love to go out and be able to compete, no matter what we’re doing. Whether it’s sprints. Whether it’s during walk-throughs. It’s the competitive side in me, and I think that’s what makes the game fun.”

While he might not be the athlete he used to be, Davis still has plenty to offer the Chargers, in addition to the lessons he learned while overcoming three torn ACLs to become a Pro Bowl regular.

“Man, that’s a big piece,” Chargers safety Derwin James said. “He’s a vocal leader. A great guy. I can see as I’ve been around him. He’s a good guy to help mentor me especially as a young guy coming in trying to lead. He’s been doing it a long time for 15 years. So he’s a guy that’s willing to help, already I can see (that). It’s good to have people like that added to the locker room. . . .

“He’s working hard, and you can tell that he’s a competitor. I can see it in him.”

He certainly offers a good example, and might be the kind of addition to push a talented defense.