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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: May 22, 2013

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Exclusive Interview with Max Starks - Ricky Henne
There was a great opportunity in San Diego to come in and compete for a starting job. When you look at the tools that they have on offense, I have experience with Philip Rivers from the Senior Bowl. I blocked for him when we were coming out of college. And I have friendships on the team prior to that. So at least I’m not going into a situation not knowing anybody. And I just felt really comfortable with the coaching staff and what their plan was.

The Sports Page with Acee & Annie… Bolts vs. Pads - LobShots
Last night I went into the U-T TV studios with John from Bolts from the Blue and Rick from RJ’s Fro. John was the photographer for that lovely photo of me up top. If you look closely, you can see Annie’s lipstick on the straw. Yes, I recognize that if I took the time to buy that stupid hat, I should’ve gone to In-N-Out too…and put on a chain, and a black t-shirt, and grown a beard… I suck.

Early observations of Manti Te'o - Tom Krasovic (paywall)
In the three Chargers practices I've watched, Manti Te'o moved with good balance. Rushing forward, he's faster than he appeared on film. He tended to stay low while rocketing to the ballcarrier. In pass coverage, he's smooth in angling toward the sideline but not especially fluid in retreat. He's enthusiastic. I saw him sniff out some running plays, but take poor angles on others.

Credit Tom Telesco for plugging away - Tom Krasovic (paywall)
Even if he's no longer Mad Max, mover of men, Starks is a three-time Super Bowl starter who last year was Pittsburgh's most durable blocker. Last month I explained why the younger, steadier Starks, 31, is the better choice than Bryant McKinnie, who chose the Ravens over the Chargers.

Following the free-agent dollars - John Clayton
Knowing that, you can see why John Abraham is having a hard time getting $4 million a year this late. It took Melvin Ingram's knee injury, which create an unexpected need in San Diego, for Freeney to avoid being in the same boat.