Elway-Manning pairing deemed 'powerful' - Bill Williamson
ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Chargers are continuing to talk to their free-agent defensive tackle Antonio Garay.
San Diego Chargers: draft order - Bill Williamson
San Diego is in solid shape. The Chargers can address some needs with four of the top 110 picks. The Chargers need to find a pass-rusher with their top pick, and then address depth issues. Possible positions they could address early are the defensive line, secondary, offensive line, and running back.
Scouting For The Chargers Draft: Nebraska OLB/SS Lavonte David - Ernie Padaon
Here is another name to consider in the draft if Harrison Smith and Mark Barron are not available: SS/OLB Lavonte David of Nebraska. David played outside linebacker for the Huskers, but there is a lot of buzz about him moving to the strong safety position because of his smaller stature and they think he would be able to make the transition well.
2011 Elusive Rating - Sam Monson
LeSean McCoy and Jones-Drew both posted 58 total missed tackles forced and Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch was only one behind with 57, but perhaps the most impressive mark was from Jonathan Stewart of the Panthers. Stewart only carried the ball 142 times (less than half of the carries of some of the players ahead of him, but he forced 32 missed tackles as a runner and added another 20 on his receptions for a total of 52. The Panthers have brought in Mike Tolbert in free agency this year to potentially replace Stewart if they can’t lock him down long-term, but they may not fully appreciate exactly how capable he is of making plays independent of the blocking in front of him.
Chargers like view from beneath radar - Michael Gehlken
"We've obviously tried to keep that from being a distraction," Turner said, "but I think it can affect guys, constantly being told how good you are or how talented you are. I like the mindset of being under the radar a little bit. I like the mindset of approaching this on a day-to-day basis, every day doing something to help our team get better and taking that approach when we get into our offseason program."
Former coaches say Panthers newcomers will help special teams - Joseph Persons
San Diego coach Norv Turner said Tolbert, who was with the Chargers for four seasons, is a versatile running back who blocks well and can catch passes out of the backfield. But Turner said Tolbert's special teams contributions "will be the biggest thing we have to do in terms of replacing him."
What's the market for Asante Samuel? - Joe Fortenbaugh
Quentin Jammer turns 33-years-old in June and intercepted zero passes last season, which was the first time the ten-year veteran failed to record an INT since his rookie campaign in 2002. In addition, the Chargers surrendered 29 touchdown passes in 2011 (fifth-most in NFL) and could use some playmaking help in their secondary now that Peyton Manning is on the schedule twice a year.