Jason Verrett made his interest known early.

Back in May, on draft night, the cornerback's wait inside the Radio City Music Hall ended. The Chargers called. They told him he was their first-round pick. During Verrett's conversation with Mike McCoy, he had a burning question for his new head coach.

"Would I be able to return punts?"

"He was like, 'Ha, we'll see what you've got,'" Verrett said. "I'm just out here learning from guys like Eddie Royal and trying to learn my way around the field."

Verrett had his first chance Sunday, one of four players to field punts in practice. Royal is the incumbent and favorite to handle the role this year. Rookie wide receivers Javontee Herndon and seventh-round pick Tevin Reese also saw reps. The punt and kick returner jobs are considered up for grabs over the next month.

Should Verrett returns punts, it won't be the first time.

He was one of the top-ranked return men in the state while at Santa Rosa Junior College in 2010. His YouTube college highlight reel provides a snippet, showing him scoop a bouncing punt, burst down the left sideline and then, with a juke, make a punter look like a punter on a 56-yard touchdown. Verrett spins out of a tackle on the next clip, a kickoff return touchdown of about 86 yards.

The 23-year-old primarily was a running back from youth football through high school.