San Diego Chargers Daily Links: July 7, 2014

Doug Pensinger

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

Mandatory Monday: Top Receivers - Mike Tanier
Allen is one of the brightest young prospects in the NFL. It's obligatory to compare him to young Anquan Boldin, mainly because the comparison fits so well. Gates is fading, but with 77 catches last year, he has a funny way of showing it. It's easy to forget how great a prospect Eddie Royal appeared to be before the Josh McDaniels era got weird in Denver.

All You Need to Know About Dwight Freeney - Ricky Henne
Prior to joining the Chargers, Freeney spent his first 11 seasons in Indianapolis, helping the Colts to a Super Bowl title in 2006 (Super Bowl XLI). A Bloomfield, Conn. native, Freeney enjoyed an All-America career at Syracuse. As a senior he was named Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation with 17.5 sacks.

All You Need to Know About D.J. Fluker - Ricky Henne
As Fluker became a star defensive tackle on the football field, he worked his tail off away from it. He did odd jobs to help out Annice financially. He cut grass, he power washed houses, he built cabinets and piers, he worked in retail stores and he cleaned trailers. He also became one of the most popular and well-liked students at McGill-Toolen and people went out of their way to help the Flukers.

How the NFL’s Top Receivers’ Stats Would Change If They Played With Average QBs - Nate Silver
We can come to some reasonable estimates by using ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating. Unlike most other quarterback statistics, Total QBR seeks to isolate the contribution of the quarterback as opposed to his receivers and his offensive line. It does so by using play-by-play tracking to account for things such as misthrown balls, yards after the catch and defensive pressure.

Summer Questions: AFC West - ESPN.com
With Whisenhunt taking the head coaching job with the Tennessee Titans and former Chargers quarterbacks coach Frank Reich assuming the role of offensive coordinator, don't expect much to change offensively. In fact, Reich will give Rivers even more leeway to make calls at the line of scrimmage in order to get his team into the right play. The Chargers will also continue to lean on one of the most effective running attacks in the league

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