SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy seems to always have the Denver Broncos within arm's reach.

That's not alluding to his stay as the Broncos' offensive coordinator, a post he held before coming to the Chargers as their head coach before last season.

But it was the last game of his rookie season, an AFC divisional game loss at Denver, that he leans on.

When the Chargers had a sloppy practice during this week's OTAs, McCoy aired out his team and referred to their showing in Denver as proof positive of what happens when attention to detail isn't paid enough attention.

"It's important for everybody to come out every day and get better as a football team," McCoy said. "We set a standard around here on what's expected and what's not. Certain parts of practice were not good enough."

--Inside linebacker Manti Te'o looks bigger, but he's smaller? Say again? Te'o has dropped about five pounds but has bulked up. "A lot of people think I'm heavier because I'm bigger," Te'o said. "But I'm actually lighter. I feel good and in control. That's something as a football player that's very, very important to feel that you are in control of your body." Te'o played at about 245 pounds last year. "I'm down about 4-5 pounds," he said. "In football, 4-5 pounds is a lot."

--Wide receiver Eddie Royal easing into the season? Not a chance. "It just feels great to be back out on the field," Royal said. "It's time to go and there is no time to waste. We're taking every rep as seriously as possible. Before you know it, we'll be out there playing a real game."

--Cornerback Chris Davis is an undrafted free agent from Auburn trying to stick. "I can play inside or outside," said Davis, who has been getting work as a nickel back. "I'll do whatever it takes to make the team."

--Tight end Antonio Gates hasn't been seen during the voluntary workouts, at least during the periods the media is allowed to watch. McCoy declined to say whether Gates' absence was because of a medical concern.

--Right tackle Jeromey Clary hasn't been working, or in attendance, either. Clary is rehabbing from a shoulder surgery. "He'll have a chance to make the team," McCoy said.

--When defensive tackle Kwame Geathers jumped offside in a red-zone drill, his removal was swift. In his place on the second unit was Ryan Carrethers, a fifth-round pick out of Arkansas State. "He's done a nice job," McCoy said of the rookie.

--Cornerback Jason Verrett, the Chargers' top draft pick, still isn't working in team drills after having shoulder surgery.

--Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney continues to work on the side as he comes back from a quad injury.