San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 3, 2012

San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs the ball as linebacker Donald Butler (56) gets blocked during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers TE Antonio Gates says he's finally healthy -- and it shows - Dan McLellan
"Going into practice over the last couple of years, I just focused on trying to get through the practice because I had to deal with the soreness," Gates said. "Now I am back to enjoying what I do and learning more about the game. I am just enjoying the game and embracing my health."

Chargers Notebook: Several see first-team action - Dan McLellan
OLB Demorrio Williams (free agent, Chiefs) blew up two separate blocks set by RBs Jackie Battle and Ryan Mathews. But Mathews was solid overall. He broke several long runs and found the end zone three of four times in a goal-line drill.

Philip Rivers, retooled San Diego Chargers look impressive - Gil Brandt
When I saw him practice this week, Brown could not be covered by the defense. He is a great route runner who will catch a ton of passes and can be a real third-down threat for the Chargers, helping to keep scoring drives alive.

Buyer Beware: Tall Tales From NFL Training Camps -
Which NFL teams are trying to pull the wool over our eyes as training camp rolls on this week?

Rivers knows Chargers changes get bigger if they don’t deliver | ProFootballTalk
Rivers told Alex Marvez of and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio that the retirements of former teammates LaDainian Tomlinson and Kris Dielman were a clear sign to him. "What hit me right in the face was this doesn’t last forever," Rivers said. "This does come to an end."

Why Your Team Will Make The Playoffs, AFC Edition -
The Chargers will make the playoffs because Philip Rivers won't struggle as much as he did last year. Looking at his career, last year's 20 interceptions is the outlier. Rivers gets back on track this year and Robert Meachem proves to be a great fit for San Diego's offense.

2011 Pressure Plays, Offense - Danny Tuccitto
In previous years, the middle of the field was Rivers' comfort zone amid the disquiet of a collapsing pocket, so the compliance of Antonio Gates' chronically uncooperative feet is crucial for 2012. If early reports are accurate, he's got nothing to worry about.

Hadnot 'outstanding' in return to center - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
"It was cool," Hadnot said Thursday between turns of a game of dominoes with tight end Antonio Gates. "You've got an experienced quarterback. You've got an experienced line that's around me, helping me out a ton. It was a lot easier than I would have previously thought. The guys around me made it easy today, so I'm appreciative of them for that."

Kaeding done rehabbing, now looking ahead - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
The Chargers kicker, who's consistently expressed confidence the past several months about his recovery, said Thursday he has reached "the end of my rehab process."

Bigby returns, Meachem OK - Kevin Acee (UT$)
"I know what's coming next," Atari Bigby said. "My practices have been going well since the first day of OTAs. This is a good fit for me."

Chargers' Cesaire still rolling, a decade later - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
"He's a great guy," Reyes said. "Family man. Spiritual. He's a great leader on the team. He really took me under his wing, showing me how to do things the right way. That's what it's all about."

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