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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: April 21, 2014

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Prospect Profile: Cody Latimer - Ricky Henne
To say Cody Latimer’s stock is rising right now would be an understatement.  The Indiana wide receiver has generated so much buzz as of late that the once under the radar prospect is now poised to be an early selection come draft day.

Just How Bad Have the Lions Been? - Bill Barnwell
Several other franchises also had the same sort of rolling mediocrity over 15-year stretches, of course. So let’s celebrate their terribleness, shall we?! In order of their winning percentages at their absolute nadirs, here are the five worst franchises of the modern NFL era:

Impact of the NFL's Kickoff Rule Change - Scott Kacsmar
After a period where 84.9 percent of all kickoffs were returned, just 51.5 percent have been returned since 2011. In the 2013 season the return rate fell to 48.0 percent -- likely the first time in NFL history fewer than half of all kickoffs were returned. Teams set a record with 1,309 touchbacks. There were 1,321 touchbacks in the 1994-98 seasons combined.

Five players ready for bigger roles: Offense - Marc Sessler
After playing just 450 snaps in 2013, Green is ready for a bigger piece of the pie. We got a taste of his speed and sticky hands during a two-week stretch in November that saw Green haul in seven balls for 161 yards and a touchdown. His 22.1 yards per reception topped all qualifying tight ends last season, while his 9.3 yards after the catch ranked third. His late-season production led coach Mike McCoy to acknowledge self-critically that he should have gotten the tight end involved "a little earlier" in the year.