Jason Verrett's staggering accumulation of injuries over the past several years could have shaken anyone's resolve to stick with football.

Instead http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.c … mer-jersey , the Chargers' once-dominant cornerback is determined to get his game right back to where it was two seasons ago.

Verrett participated in a full practice during Los Angeles' minicamp Wednesday for the first time since last September, when he eventually lost a second consecutive season to a left knee injury. Verrett looked healthy and sharp while getting to know several teammates who weren't around for his Pro Bowl season back in San Diego in 2015.

"It's night and day different from last year," Verrett said. "I'm just happy to be able to move around. I feel solid."

Verrett tore a ligament in his knee four games into the 2016 season, ruining his chance to establish himself as an elite NFL cornerback following his breakthrough in 2015. He made it through only the regular-season opener last year before his knee proved too painful, eventually requiring another surgery.

But after several months of rehabilitation, Verrett feels great and looks healthy. He's looking forward to fighting for a job in the Chargers' crowded secondary and putting together a season that could secure his future as a free agent next spring.

"Being out here, just seeing how deep we are at every position, it's great," Verrett said. "Especially in the defensive room, we have so many guys that can play all over the field. Being able to get back to how I used to play, and adding that onto what we did last year, it can be special."

Injuries have affected all of Verrett's four seasons with the Chargers, who drafted the Northern California native in 2014 out of TCU, where he famously played his senior season with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

He played in only six games as a rookie, but made an interception in Oakland despite tearing his labrum again earlier in the game. He made the Pro Bowl in his second season with the Chargers, missing a mere two games with injuries.

And then Verrett's knee gave out in October 2016. He never felt fully healthy last year despite the Chargers' extreme caution with him in training camp and the preseason, and the pain eventually forced him to give up.

All told, Verrett has missed 39 of 64 possible regular-season games. It's a source of frustration, but Verrett also sees his experience as a well of knowledge.

"I just think it's part of my story," Verrett said. "I dealt with so much adversity getting here, and then the fact that I dealt with a lot of injuries, it's kept me up to date. Whenever other people are going through injuries, I feel like I know so much. Tell them, 'Hey, work on this,' or 'Work on that.' I just feel it's something the man above put on my plate so I'm able to be a gift for somebody else."

Verrett isn't a taller Youth Rashaad Penny Jersey , bulkier cornerback in the more modern mold of the position's archetype, but his speed and educated football instincts made him a standout when healthy. Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley sees Verrett rounding back into that form.

"Sometimes when you see a guy come back from an injury like that, it takes some time," Bradley said. "I don't see it right now. The way he's working out, the way he's practicing, he's in a really good place right now. ... His skill set, what he has, his speed, his athleticism, his change of direction, it is elite."

The Chargers showed their commitment to Verrett in April 2017 when they exercised his fifth-year contract option, but he returns to a roster with a well-stocked defensive secondary.

Casey Hayward earned a Pro Bowl selection last season as Los Angeles' lockdown corner, while Trevor Williams emerged as a dependable starting corner and Desmond King excelled as a slot corner and nickel back. Starting safety Jahleel Addae played a major role in Verrett's recovery by hitting his teammate with daily texts and steady encouragement.

The Chargers also used their recent first-round pick on Derwin James, who could be headed toward an immediate starting job at safety after getting major responsibilities in offseason practices.

It's too early to say where Verrett fits into the mix, but he's determined to find a spot while he plays for his future.

"They stuck with me throughout the entire time last year," Verrett said. "Being able to come out here, make a few plays and see all the guys cheering on and having that squad, it's helping me get through my days."

Blake Snell was nearly unhittable for the second straight start, and he found a little more of the strike zone, too.

Snell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Kevin Kiermaier hit a grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Washington Nationals 11-0 on Monday night.

Wilson Ramos homered twice and rookie Jake Bauers had four hits in the Rays fourth straight win.

I felt like the way we hit allowed me to get in a more aggressive mindset, which changed my pace and tempo, all of that, said Snell.

Snell (10-4) walked Trea Turner and Bryce Harper to open the game before retiring 18 straight, striking out five straight at one point. Anthony Rendon doubled off the left-field wall on a 3-1 pitch leading off the seventh for the first of Washingtons two hits.

Snell, 6-1 in his last eight starts A.J. Green Jersey , struck out 10 while walking four. He left after the seventh inning and 103 pitches.

Snell had pitched seven innings in a 2-1 victory over Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros his last time out, walking a season-high seven. In his last three starts, the 25-year-old left-hander has given up nine hits while walking 15.

I dont care if youre a lefty or righty, hes not a comfortable at-bat by any means. His stuff is that good, Kiermaier said. Hes a superstar.

Rendons hit spared manager Kevin Cash the unenviable decision of whether to take out the young left-hander as his pitch count approached a career-high 114, no-hitter or not.

Hes not getting much past that, Cash said. Ive already been asked by the front office how we would have handled that, and I dont have a good answer. But I would have been really concerned for Blake, and (pitching coach) Kyle (Snyder) would have probably choked me if I had gone beyond that.

Kiermaiers first home run of the season came during a six-run second inning against starter Gio Gonzalez. It barely made it over the glove of center fielder Michael Taylor.

I thought I hit it way better than that, said Kiermaier, who was playing in only his 18th game because of a thumb injury. It was a wall-scraper, but over the fence Ill take `em anyway I can.

Gonzalez (6-5) threw 43 pitches in the second inning without getting an out. He gave up six runs, three hits and five walks overall, three of them in succession before Kiermaiers homer.

The one-inning start was the shortest of his career and resulted in the Nationals eighth loss in 11 games.

The game marked the return to Tropicana Field of Washington manager Dave Martinez, who spent seven seasons (2008-14) as the Rays bench coach under Joe Maddon.

Gonzalezs early troubles made it a long night.

Earlier in the season he was under control, he was using his legs a little bit better, Martinez said. He wasnt thinking as much. He was attacking the strike zone. Seems like his last couple outings, thats gone by the wayside.

COMEBACK CHRIS

Rays RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) had a 40-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled for a three-inning simulated game Thursday. No issues, no limitations right now, Archer said. The opening day starter could make a minor league rehab start next week and be back around the All-Star break.

IN (FOR TWO GAMES) AND OUT

After completing Sunday nights game after midnight, the Nationals touched down in Tampa at 4 a.m. on Monday and expect to fly out well before sundown after Tuesdays afternoon game. The shortest trip ever, said Martinez, who got to bed at about 6:30 Monday morning.

TRAINERS ROOM

Nationals: RHP Brandon Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) was reinstated from the disabled list and RHP Jefry Rodriguez was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (strained right hamstring) will make his first start since June 3 after one more problem-free bullpen session.

Rays: RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw 30 pitches in his second bullpen session. He hasnt ruled out returning in late July. LHP Jonny Venters (strained right hamstring) went on the 10-day disabled and RHP Austin Pruitt was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Nationals ace Matt Scherzer (10-3) and Rays RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-3) are the scheduled starters Tuesday in the finale of a two-game series.