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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: September 3, 2012


Worst NFL team: Vikings, Browns in Matt Barkley sweepstakes? - Akbar Gbajabiamila
"With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft ... the San Diego Chargers select Matt Barkley." If the Colts can get rid of Peyton Manning, the Chargers can get rid of Philip Rivers. Remember, it wasn't that long ago that Rivers was drafted to replace Drew Brees

Bolts Pleased with Pair of Rookie Linemen - Ricky Henne
Late draft picks and undrafted free agents face the hardest path towards making an NFL roster, but the San Diego Chargers feel they have unearthed a pair of gems along the offensive line in center David Molk and left tackle Mike Harris.

Team getting rookie Harris ready to start at LT - Scott Bair
Left tackle Jared Gaither is out for the regular-season opener on Sept. 10. Mike Harris is in. Coaches told the undrafted rookie from UCLA that he will start against the Raiders on opening day, a revealing fact on several fronts.

Bolts' roster changes to be continued - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
The Chargers cut their roster from 75 to 53 players Friday, but if there is one mark-it-down certainty, it's that a number of players who just made the team are in danger of being off it by the Sept. 10 season opener. Changes are coming. One place to expect them is the offensive line.

Chargers get 8 players back to practice - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
As it stands, starting left guard Tyronne Green is the top reserve option. Guard-center Rex Hadnot would step in for Green in that scenario. "I'm the employee. They're the boss," Green said. "If they need me to go out there to tackle, I've got to go out there. Just play it to the best of my ability."

Chargers, Jacques Cesaire part after 9 years - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
"It is what it is," Cesaire said Thursday night in San Francisco after the team's final preseason game. "It's a business. It's always a business first. All the vets told me that when I first came here. Whatever happens, happens. That's all I can say now."

My biggest worry for each AFC West team - Bill Williamson
The Chargers have been dealing with major injury issues for the past three seasons and they start the 2012 season with the same concerns.

Rookie LT to face Oakland's top D-line - Bill Williamson
Harris, an undrafted rookie free agent from UCLA, has started all of the preseason. Starting in the preseason and playing against Oakland’s’ terrific defensive line in the season opener are two different things.

San Diego Chargers cut-down analysis - Bill Williamson
Most significant move: The Chargers cut former starting fullback (and special-teams ace) Jacob Hester and fellow running back Edwin Baker, a seventh-round pick.