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Nashua’s Kendall Reyes ready for third San Diego Chargers camp

NASHUA – Kendall Reyes doesn’t throw a baseball too often.

“I’ve played in a softball league,” Reyes said. “But, honestly, I haven’t thrown a baseball many times in my life.” ...

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NASHUA – Kendall Reyes doesn’t throw a baseball too often.

“I’ve played in a softball league,” Reyes said. “But, honestly, I haven’t thrown a baseball many times in my life.”

Ah, but an athlete is an athlete.

Reyes threw a strike for the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday night prior to the start of the Nashua Silver Knights game against North Shore at Holman Stadium. Earlier, he presented a donation to the Boys and Girls Club.

The former Nashua High School North and University of Connecticut standout will likely head back to San Diego in a few days as he prepares to start his third training camp with the Chargers.

San Diego drafted him in the second round in 2012.

Will this training camp be any easier now that he’s been through it before?

“It’s all relative,” the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Reyes said. “My body feels great. I’m just trying to stay healthy, and my body feels good right now. No complaints going into training camp.

“You’ve got to come in the best shape you can, and make sure your mind’s right. It’s more of a mental grind, even though it’s extremely physical.”

Reyes, who has recorded 101⁄2 sacks in the two seasons he’s played with the Chargers, says experience helps.

“I kind of know what to expect,” he said. “Every year is different, you have to adapt and change with the game.”

Reyes has set a simple goal for himself going into the 2014 season.

“Just play better and be more consistent,” he said. “It’s pretty vague, but that’s what it’s all about in this league, being the most consistent player you can be.”

The OTAs (organized team activity) held earlier this month were fruitful for Reyes, who was glad to get back into a football environment.

“It’s a good time of the year getting all the guys back together,” he said. “We’ve got a good young team.”

Reyes says he loves living in California, but is glad to spend some time here in between OTA’s and training camp.

“I get to spend some time home,” he said, “and see some family and friends I don’t get to see that offense.

“It’s always good for the soul to see the hometown and all that.”

Is he quicker off the ball than he was as a rookie?

“I guess we’ll see,” he said with a chuckle.