San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 31, 2012

San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner (left) challenges a play as referee Gerald Wright (133) during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers "defeated" the Chargers 35-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

At least be thankful for Antonio Gates' health - Kevin Acee (UT$)
For the first time since 2004, Gates participated in a preseason finale. For the first time since 2010, he enters a season healthy.

Chargers preseason ends with whimper - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Defensive end Jacques Cesaire has had a ride. In 2003, he reported to Chargers training camp as an undrafted free agent from Division II's Southern Connecticut State. He parlayed the opportunity into a nine-plus year tenure in San Diego. A worker, a locker room mentor, a rock, Cesaire may now face the end of his run

49ers rout Bolts in exhibition finale - Scott Bair
"We evaluate our team and our preseason as a whole," coach Norv Turner said. "And we can present problems for other teams if we can get our guys (healthy and) on the field. We haven't been able to do that, and it shows."

Chargers intelligence report - Bill Williamson
Antonio Gates, circa 2007? The future Hall of Fame tight end has been the talk of Chargers camp. He is finally healthy after dealing with foot-related injuries for the past four years. Gates has lost five pounds and looks terrific. Teammates say it's the best Gates has looked in five years.

AFC West: 4 Questions, 4 Analysts - PFF Analysis Team
Consequently I’m looking for a re-emergence this season from the Chargers new starting nose tackle, Aubrayo Franklin. Lost and misused in the Saints’ defense last season Franklin was a shadow of his former self. Back in a 3-4 defense he should be the anchoring point that he was with 49ers and allow the Chargers to use Antonio Garay in a more robust and flexible manner.

Fastest-Growing - Randall Munroe
I lead a small but extraordinarily persuasive religion whose only members are door-to-door proselytizers from other faiths.

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