San Diego Chargers Daily Links: June 29, 2012

OAKLAND, CA: Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders gets his pass off under pressure from Cam Thomas #76 of the San Diego Chargers at Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cam Thomas is the future San Diego Chargers' NT - Brian McIntyre
There are so many known commodities on the Chargers, it was difficult to find a suitable candidate for a "breakout" player. Running back Ryan Mathews is under the gun to become a workhorse back, but he ran for 1,000 yards last season, caught 50 balls out of the backfield and ranked in the Top 10 in Football Outsiders' DYAR and DVOA.

Former Charger Helped Focus Attention On Head Injuries - Alan Schwarz
"The NFL must stop its denial of the relationship between brain trauma and brain disease," Perfetto testified, urging the league to become the "proactive leader that it should be" and adding that she would have taken Wenzel to the hearing had his health allowed it.

AFC West fantasy nuggets - Bill Williamson
Malcom Floyd has the chops to be one of the better wide outs in the NFL, as his 13.1 VYPA ranked ninth out of 31 wide receivers to tally at least 30 vertical targets.

Chat wrap: What must Matt Cassel do? - Bill Williamson
Brandon Taylor is a player to watch. I think he has a chance to be a stand out. Right now, though, the Chargers like free-agent pickup Atari Bigby as a starter. Taylor should get some playing time and he should play on special teams. But I expect Bigby to start this year. He has impressed the team this spring.

CG Team Photo Shoot -
The 2012 Charger Girls swimsuit calendar concludes with a team photo shoot.

Man on a mission - Bill Johnston
During his 74 years, Dick Lewis has seen just about everything. From two 13-month tours in Southeast Asia as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, to a long tenure on the San Diego streets with the San Diego Police Department, Lewis has seen more than his share of pain and suffering.

Hot-seat meter: Ranking the coaches, 1-32 - Eric Edholm
What Turner needs to do to keep his job in 2013: Making the playoffs is a start, but winning the division and not bowing out in Round One would be ideal. Others have suggested that with Spanos and Smith there with him, Turner might be bulletproof. But not at 7-9 he wouldn’t be.

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