Serious Business: 8/12 San Diego Chargers Links

One-and-done for offense - Jay Jay Maniquis
Philip Rivers and the offensive starters put together a 10-play touchdown drive on their first possession, then watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

Special teams tables turn - Christopher Smith
The Chargers returned a kickoff for a touchdown, gathered a few touchbacks and fair catches on kicks and limited Seattle’s punt returners.

Fast start a good sign - Christopher Smith
The offensive and defensive starters showed well in limited playing time Thursday, but two late Seattle touchdowns helped the Seahawks to a 24-17 win.

Walters' 103-yard burst a nice start for special teams - Chris Jenkins
Once he had regained his balance and headed off for the rest of his 103-yard kickoff return for touchdown, seemingly the only person who might out-race Bryan Walters to the end zone was special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia, bounding ecstatically along the sideline.

Rivers, Jackson show early flashes of chemistry, but Bolts fall in preseason opener - Scott Bair
The dynamic Rivers-to-Jackson connection is nothing new, but Corey Liuget's presence is. The first-round pick out of Illinois played significant snaps in front of an announced crowd of 55,318 at Qualcomm Stadium, showcasing rare athleticism and quickness for a man his size. Liuget collapsed the pocket on several occasions and made a good run stop for no gain negated by a penalty.

Chargers hopeful tries to get kicks while he can - Tom Robinson
"I basically have no shot at making this team," Schmitt, a kicking specialist, said from San Diego Chargers training camp. Schmitt is there with punter Mike Scifres, a ninth-year Charger, and kicker Nate Kaeding, entering his eighth with the team.

Chargers' Todman Earns Coach's Praise - Michael Gehlken
Chargers running back coach Ollie Wilson was asked this week if any runner has left an especially strong impression on him during training camp. He didn’t scratch his chin. He didn’t bat an eye. "I think Todman’s doing a good job," Wilson said.

 Team gets back to basics on defense - Kevin Acee
The Chargers defense is working on fundamentals (or details) of things such as tackling or attempting takeaways more this training camp. New coordinator Greg Manusky's style is to teach what he wants and why and all the steps to get there.

Disturbing details emerge of stabbing at Brandon Marshall’s house - Gregg Rosenthal
The story was downplayed publically by Marshall (understandable), but a group of incident reports released Thursday paint a troubling scene of the day in question.

San Diego Chargers training camp - Kevin Acee
RB Ryan Mathews, back on the field the past two days after missing five of the first 12 practices with various maladies, has made significant progress in his pass-catching. He attributes the improvement to not being as nervous and having the game slow down for him. 

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