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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: July 26, 2012

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San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith stands on the sideline during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith stands on the sideline during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers Camp Watch - Bill Williamson
One thing I'm certain of: The San Diego Chargers will be under the radar and they will love it. The nation has become tired of the Chargers. For years, San Diego has been a preseason darling. It has been a perennial popular early Super Bowl pick but has fallen short of the playoffs the past two seasons.

7/25: GM AJ Smith - Ricky Henne (Video)
A candid interview with Chargers GM AJ Smith on the eve of training camp.

It's time for Chargers to start signing guys early again - Kevin Acee (UT$)
The old A.J. would have already signed Antoine Cason or Louis Vasquez, maybe even Tyronne Green. Maybe all three. At least the old A.J. would be trying.

Chargers camp has room for surprise - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
A young Chargers player, some no-name to the NFL, will catch the eye of the coaching staff over the next several weeks, stringing together strong practices and flashing potential in preseason games. Then, it'll get interesting.

Chargers rookie RBs embracing challenge - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Behind starter Ryan Mathews, there is expected to be two or, if someone proves indispensable on special teams, possibly three running-back spots up for grabs.

Camp competition expected to be fierce - Scott Bair
"This is going to be the most competitive camp we've had since I've been here," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said Tuesday. "We have a lot of experienced players vying for important spots, and jobs are going to be hard to come by. I think it's going to bring energy and an edge to what happens on the field and in these preseason games.

Chargers release Tra Thomas from reserve/retired list - Mike Florio
This week, the Chargers have release tackle Tra Thomas from the reserve/retired list. The obvious question is whether the Chargers are making the move because Thomas has filed or will be filing a concussion lawsuit.