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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: May 21, 2014

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Ex-NFL players allege league illegally supplied them with drugs - CBS News
A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the league, thirsty for profits, illegally supplied them with risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries for games and led to medical complications down the road.

Snap-Weighted Age: 2013 NFL Rosters - Scott Kacsmar
The biggest age change in the league belonged to San Diego's defense, dropping 1.9 in SWA from where they were in 2012. That's going from the sixth-oldest defense to the sixth youngest. Much was said (mostly negative) about San Diego's 2013 defense. By some traditional statistics, it looked mediocre. But given the Chargers had the fewest defensive drives (162) of any team, it's not as surprising that on a per-play basis they ranked dead last in defensive DVOA.

Trading future first-round picks: Good to win now, bad to win later? - Will Brinson
Full disclosure: I think dealing a future first-round pick is dumb. It's far too risky for my liking and I believe it hurts your long-term depth. (This is exacerbated further if you're packaging additional picks with your one.) But I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

Cumulative Effect: A Deeper Look - Nathan Jahnke
While there are multiple factors that impact the difficulty of a throw, one major one is the depth of the pass. Below is a graph of how accurate quarterbacks are at different depths and different number of sacks/hits taken prior to the throw. In order for the data point to be included, it needed a sample size of at least 375 throws which is why each line is a different length