San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 15, 2012

Aug 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) drops back to pass during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Focus on special teams and red zone - Dan McLellan
WR Malcom Floyd, TE Antonio Gates and ILB Takeo Spikes did not practice in order to allow rookies to get some extra reps. TE Ladarius Green (round four, 110th overall pick) benefited most for the absence of the veterans and he had the most touches he has had in a practice so far in camp.

Frustrated Chargers QB Philip Rivers tired of getting picked off – Jarrett Bell
"I know what happened with Philip," Turner said. "I've looked at all of them. You miss some of the players you've been used to being with on a day-to-day basis, and all of a sudden you're thinking, 'I've got to make a play. We've got to get a touchdown. We can't settle for a field goal.' Then the worst happens, and you end up having a turnover.

NFL Betting: San Diego Lights Up the Cowboys in the Preseason - Matt Stevens
The Cowboys will put up a good fight in this game, but the Dallas roster is just not deep enough to compete against the Chargers in the preseason. The most notable problems the Cowboys will have will be seen when the second and third-string Dallas defense tries to matchup with the second and third-string San Diego offense.

First Impressions: The Remaining First Rounders - Khaled Elsayed
Saving me some workload I was able to watch both Nick Perry and Melvin Ingram play when the Packers travelled to San Diego. I came away more impressed with Perry who dominated Chargers right tackle Jeromey Clary, and had no problem overpowering tight ends when left one on one in the run game. Not really tested in coverage but neither man stood out in this regard, though Ingram was certainly asked to do this more. I was expecting an out and out edge rusher, but it’s clear he’ll spend a large part of his time dropping into coverage and interestingly came out in some nickel sets. Had the beating (power and speed) of Packers backup tackles which led to a hit causing an INT from Aaron Rodgers. Not a bad way to crown your debut.

Crazy Straws - Randall Munroe
Human subcultures are nest fractally. There's no bottom.

Weddle, Bigby clicking in secondary - Scott Bair
Bigby has gone all-in, and it's starting to show. The veteran, who played with Green Bay and Seattle in recent seasons, seems to have found a home as the secondary's big hitter. He's able to play that role and take the risks necessary to do so thanks to Weddle's ability to play deep.

Rookie tight end Green coming on strong - Scott Bair
A pass-catching tight end who needed to bulk up at the pro level, Green was viewed as a project with risk but a possibly high reward. Little of that potential was flashed early. Of late, Green has come on strong.

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