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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: June 25, 2012

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San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith watches during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers optimistic, but so is everyone else - Michael Gehlken
"Right now, if any one of the 32 teams isn't excited about what they're doing," Turner said, "you've got something wrong. Our goal and what we're going to get done is sustain that excitement and energy. We're going to continue to grow and get better."

2011 Secret Superstars: How Did They Fare? - Sam Monson
Antoine Cason, CB, SD – Allowed seven TDs and seven penalties on the season, graded exactly average (0.0) in coverage

Chat wrap: Division's best defense? - Bill Williamson
Tony from Richmond, CA.: Who will be the AFC West ROY? BW: I'm a big Melvin Ingram guy. I expect big things right away.

Berman may call Chargers opener - Michael Gehlken
According to Sports By Brooks, ESPN will assign Chris Berman, its long-time studio host and anchor, to do the play-by-play for the Chargers' Sept. 10 "Monday Night Football" season opener in Oakland.

Weddle says competition for roster spots will be tough - Dan McLellan
"There are going to be a lot of players on the outside looking in," Weddle said. "That is because of how many good players we have on this team right now. That is what you want as a team. You bring competition in and it makes the team better. There is obviously going to be tough cuts in the end."

Chargers looking to Royal for smooth transition - Joe McDonnell
Despite losing the talented Jackson, Quarterback Philip Rivers feels the team became deeper at receiver than they've been in a while, Royal joining fellow free agent Robert Meachem, Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd to give Rivers quite a quartet to throw to.

Mailbag: What to expect from Gates - Bill Williamson
Gates, who turned 32 on Monday, has been feeling with foot ailments for years. However, he has fought through it. There is no doubt Gates is entering the twilight of his career. But I still think he can produce three or four more excellent seasons. If he stays healthy, I see him catching around 70 balls and scoring 10 touchdowns.