San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA: Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 28-20. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Whitehurst to Start vs. Vikings - Ricky Henne
"Charlie is going to start, and I’m anxious to watch him in a starting role," said Turner. "It’s something we may be in the position during the regular season that we have to do that, and it’s a good experience for him."

NFL starting quarterback rankings - John Clayton
Even though he will miss the tall target of Vincent Jackson, Rivers should have a big year. Antonio Gates is healthy and could have a 100-catch season if he remains healthy. With the additions of Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, Rivers will cut down on interceptions and throw for more touchdowns.

Chat wrap: Should Rivers play Friday? - Bill Williamson
Rivers needs the work. So, it would hurt the offense if he doesn't play. Of course, it would really hurt the offense if he gets seriously injured. Really a tough call. Maybe there is a compromise situation and Rivers could play a half instead of three quarters.

Chance Rivers sits against Vikings - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Sitting Philip Rivers would help ensure he makes it through the preseason healthy. "There’s a lot of things you want to accomplish in a preseason game," head coach Norv Turner said. "Obviously, that would be the No. 1 thing that would weigh on my mind."

First Impressions: Second-Rounders, No. 43 to No. 52 - Neil Hornsby
As a run defender he made one excellent play, getting outside Jeff Saturday against the Packers to make the tackle. His only other legitimate tackle came in the second game when his blocker, Doug Free, was tripped allowing him free passage to the ballcarrier. In the passing game, he got a little push on occasion but no actual pressure and it is this that the Chargers will need to see to increase his snap count beyond 350.

Rookies Wolfe and Reyes have impressed - Bill Williamson
"Reyes and Wolfe have been really impressive," Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said. "Wolfe is just a playmaker and an excellent interior pass-rusher. My worry with him is that with his leaner body type, how well he can hold up with a high snap count over the course of the season. I don’t think as much will be asked of Reyes, but he fits as a 3-4 DE really well as a taller player who can win with power or quickness."

Top AFC West newcomers - Bill Williamson
Rookie, pass-rusher Melvin Ingram: I expect the No. 18 overall pick to be a top candidate for defensive rookie of the year. He is a beast. He will instantly change this unit.

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