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Merriman Not Worried About Contract |
"I just turned 25 man, I don't care about any of that stuff. I can do this all day!" Merriman emailed Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. "I just feel like all my work will pay off one day and somebody is going to realize what I bring and give me what I want."

Hester makes local camp a priority | | The Times
Hester said he's penciled in as the Chargers No. 1 fullback. The 24-year-old added 12 pounds in the offseason to be better prepared for the position, a position he saw some time at last season.

"It gets me a chance to get on the field," Hester said. "Every time I get to hit somebody. I never get to take a play off. That's the way I like it. Obviously everybody wants the football but we got guys better than me at touching the football. I'll just try to open holes for them."

Video: Tomlinson not ready to slow down - AFC West - ESPN
Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson talks to Jeffri Chadiha about turning 30 and how football is affecting his body.

Pagano brings youth football camp to Scripps Ranch
Future football stars will have a chance to hone their skills on the gridiron as San Diego Chargers linebackers coach John Pagano hosts the Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Football Association’s three-day Skills Clinic, July 13-15 (Monday-Wednesday) at the Jerabek Elementary School.

Strict rules enacted for officials' game tickets
Elected officials have strict new rules on how they can use and distribute the free tickets the city of San Diego receives for Chargers and Padres games.

The officials can still use the tickets if they reimburse the city for face value, treat the ticket as taxable income or use it for a public purpose. Officials also can give the tickets to nonprofit organizations or to individuals, such as rewards for city employees or local students.

Asking NFL rookies to change positions is risky proposition - Ross Tucker -
A short, but interesting, article about rookies switching positions.  Although it doesn't specific mention any Chargers players, it mentions other rookies in the same spot.  Like Brian Orakpo, Larry English will be moving from DE to OLB.  Similar to Andre Smith and Jason Smith, Louis Vasquez will be moving from the left side of the line (LG) to the right side (RG).  Also, Tyronne Green will be moving from OG to C and Vaughn Martin will be moving from DT to 3-4 DE.  These seem like small changes that should be handled easily, but if these players struggle the position switch may be a possible cause for it.


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