Former Bears Pro Bowl cornerback Nathan Vasher is apparently taking advantage of his fresh start in San Diego.
With Antoine Cason out with a hamstring injury, Vasher has spent several days with the first-string defense.
"I think he's doing outstanding," Chargers coach Norv Turner said of Vasher, according to the team's website. "I think he's been very, very consistent. He's got a good understanding of what we're doing.
"I'm excited to watch him play in these preseason games."
Vasher intercepted eight passes in 2005, en route to his lone Pro Bowl appearance. But he struggled to find his form after that.
"My time in Chicago had run its course," Vasher told the Sun-Times in April, after the Bears released him. "I feel I have an opportunity to do something special and bring those big play capabilities to San Diego."
Due to make $2.95 million in 2010, the Bears released him, and he signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Chargers. The Bears had no qualms with the decision because of their belief in third-year cornerback Zackary Bowman.
After playing in only 12 games in 2007 and 2008, Vasher only started two of 15 games in 2009.
"I feel they lost confidence in my abilities," Vasher said in April. "I didn't understand, but the coaches were making decisions, and it was just one of those things that you can never change their mind about.