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Serious Business: 8/9 San Diego Chargers Links

San Diego Chargers training camp: Butler could win starting job - Kevin Acee
Butler, who missed his entire rookie season with an Achilles' tear, has tremendous instincts and rarely takes a wrong angle. He has taken every snap with the first team, even on third down

Four Downs: AFC West - Rivers McCown
Some of this will be fixed with simple regression -- no team can be THAT bad on special teams coverage again -- and some of it will fall to the hands of Kelley Washington, a highly-regarded special teamer who helped shore things up a bit for the Chargers after he signed with the team late in the season. General manager A.J. Smith also spent a seventh-round pick on Missouri linebacker Andrew Gachkar, who he believes will be an exceptional special teams player. San Diego is clearly taking the issue pretty seriously, and as long as they can just be mediocre on kick and punt returns, that should put them in the driver's seat in the AFC West.

San Diego Chargers are Locked and Loaded - Paul Mahan
Locked and loaded, these San Diego Chargers. They probably can't wait for the NFL season to open. The fans can't wait either.

Cason back to practice - Kevin Acee
Cornerback Antoine Cason was back participating in team drills less than a week after surgery to repair a broken finger in his right hand.

Gates taking it slow - Kevin Acee
Tight end Antonio Gates said he "felt good" after practicing Thursday – essentially his first practice since October.

Dose of Wildcat - Christopher Smith
San Diego’s defense got a look at the Wildcat formation during Sunday’s practice. The Chargers haven’t ruled out utilizing former quarterback Patrick Crayton in the role.

Rookie Brown misses another practice - Scott Bair
"Because he spent all that time working out with Philip (Rivers) in the offseason, he's not as far behind as he would've been if hadn't done that," Turner said. "It's a lot faster out here, but I'm anxious to get him back on the field. I also got a good look at what he can do, and we have plans for him."

Reserved is one thing Manusky ain’t - Nick Canepa
Greg Manusky, the Chargers’ new defensive coordinator, was an NFL linebacker for 12 seasons, and he brings that linebacker’s mentality to the way he coaches.