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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: October 30, 2014

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Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 8 - Khaled Elsayed
Team missed him when he left injured against the Broncos. That’s been the drawback to Verrett where he’s been limited to 230 snaps, which for a corner is always going to keep you away from the top spots.

32 Observations, Week 8 - Nathan Jahnke
When the Chargers are within 10 yards of scoring, they have thrown to Antonio Gates 11 times which are the most in the league. On those 11 targets, Gates has six catches for 39 yards and six touchdowns.

Chargers need to control line of scrimmage - Video
ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams says getting back to playing sound defense and stopping the run will be key against the Dolphins.

Blitz? Coverage? Dolphins have to answer that against Philip Rivers - Eric Williams
"You know he’s going to complete some passes. You’re going to have to tackle really, really well. You’re going to have to be very disciplined in your rush lanes. Not that he’s the world’s greatest scrambler, but he’s so aware in the pocket that any weakness that you present to him, he’ll take advantage of it. So I don’t know if there’s one sure way.

What If a Team Never Ran? - Brian Burke
Going into week 9 the Chargers average 0.33 EPA per pass (3rd in the league) but -0.09 EPA per run (29th). That’s an enormous difference—roughly a half point per play. In effect, every time the Chargers chose to run rather than pass they cost themselves nearly half a point. For twenty carries in a game, that’s a disadvantage of just over 8 points.

Scouting Report: Chargers at Dolphins - Ricky Henne
Beginning with Miami’s Week 4 win over the Oakland Raiders in London, Ryan Tannehill has been among the top passers in the league.  Starting with that victory, the quarterback is 84- of-123 passes (68.3 percent), seven touchdowns and four interceptions. His 98.1 passer rating is the second-highest over a four game stretch in his career. His top weapons are Mike Wallace, who has 32 catches for 418 yards and Charles Clay, who has 91 receptions over the last two seasons.

Updated 2015 NFL Draft order: Top 3 needs for all 32 teams - Gil Brandt
23. San Diego Chargers 2014 record: 5-3 (.496) Top three needs: CB (Brandon Flowers is on one-year deal), NT, OL