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The Elusive Rating - Pro Football Focus
If any statistic represents the nosedive in play of one of those starters, Ladainian Tomlinson, then it is the 1.9 yards he averaged after contact to tie for the poorest mark in the NFL. Tomlinson's poor showing in just about all of these categories goes to reinforce what the naked eye could see: He was a shell of his former greatness in '09. It will be interesting to see what he can produce in 2010 behind arguably the league's best O-line.

JaMarcus Russell Pre-Draft Hype - Photos - SI.com
With the benefit of hindsight, we look back on what the experts said about LSU's JaMarcus Russell heading into the 2007 NFL Draft. The Oakland Raiders selected Russell with the No. 1 pick only to waive him three years later.'I can't remember being in such awe of a quarterback in my decade of attending combines and pro days. Russell's passing session was the most impressive of all the pro days I've been to. His footwork for such a big quarterback was surprising. He was nimble in his dropbacks, rolling out and throwing on the run. The ball just explodes out of his hands.'-- ESPN's Todd McShay

Big roles possible for new Chargers - Kevin Acee
"There are certain guys you know we’re going to push it and see how far you can get," head coach Norv Turner said. "Those four guys, you know they’re going to get a chance. They’re going to fight and compete to be a part of what we do."

Chargers.com Videos: Ryan Mathews
Ryan Mathews talks to the media about his first day of rookie mini camp.

Shawnbrey McNeal: Leaving Early for the Right Reasons - J.V. Siegel
McNeal put in for a hardship waiver, and the NCAA granted it to him, allowing him to transfer to Southern Methodist, just twenty minutes from his mother who is dealing with diabetes related issues. After playing a season at SMU, his junior season, he left early to try to support his mother. McNeal was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers

Nate Kaeding mastering the mind games that NFL kickers play - Sean Keeler
"It's more just ways to approach the game and metabolize certain things that happen, adjust how I approach the game and the different challenges," Kaeding explained.