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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 27, 2013

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Chargers WR Floyd returns to practice - Bernie Wilson
Floyd says it was nice to be on the field with his teammates rather than doing work on the side. He caught passes from Philip Rivers during individual drills and says he was in and out of team drills. Floyd hopes to be able to play in the season opener Sept. 9 against Houston.

First-Rounders in Focus: Preseason Wk 3 - Khaled Elsayed
With a positive for his work in the run game and negative for pass protection I keep repeating myself: so far Fluker is exactly as advertised. He gave up a pressure on his inside shoulder this week, but other than that was relatively untested. Yet to be severely tested, he’s one player I’m extremely interested in seeing come the regular season.

ReFo: SD @ ARZ, Preseason Wk 3 - Khaled Elsayed
You can tell the Chargers are intent on getting D.J. Fluker (+1.6) up to speed as quickly as possible. He led the team (with Jeromey Clary and Chad Rinehart) with 46 snaps and largely delivered. He did get beat badly by fellow rookie Tyrann Mathieu with the Cardinal defensive back hitting Philip Rivers as he threw, but outside that was solid and assured in pass protection.

6 NFL Quarterbacks Who Need to Come Through in 2013 (Or Else) - Associated Press
Mike McCoy has proven his expertise as a coordinator in Denver, designing an offense that made Tim Tebow effective, then seamlessly working with Peyton Manning last year. Rivers can be superb when he has weapons around him, but the Chargers have had a talent drain in recent years. Like Cutler, Rivers also has struggled to make the right decisions and has become prone to turnovers.

Chargers plan to use Danny Woodhead like Darren Sproles - Jon Benne
Woodhead is expected to play a change-of-pace role in San Diego, replacing Ryan Mathews on third downs, and in two minute situations. The Chargers think he's a more natural rusher than Sproles, one that can line up in both the slot and backfield.