Matt's Chat: SDSU-Padres-Bolts - Matt Calkins (paywall)
Too early to tell. We don't know much about Verrett yet. Cornerback isn't like quarterback in the sense that you might think you have something great and he turns into a complete bust (although Derek Cox was definitely a complete bust), but the rookie is still unproven. Really like the Flowers pick up, but honestly, I feel like the Chargers' main problem isn't who's on the team, but rather who they are playing. That schedule is BRUTAL.
Let Me Check My Schedule - Kenneth Arthur
Last season's biggest surprise, the Kansas City Chiefs, faced the easiest schedule in the NFL by DVOA. The AFC's representative in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos, had the next easiest. Chip Kelly's quick turnaround of the Philadelphia Eagles was certainly somewhat aided by the 29th-ranked schedule in the league. Meanwhile, two of the biggest disappointments in the NFL last year -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons -- were first and second in SOS DVOA.
Toughness key to Bolts' success on offense - Eric Williams
“You’ve just got to be mentally and physically tough,” Reich said. “It’s a long season. It’s a tough game. So I think at the end of the day you need that physical and mental toughness to sustain and work hard every day, because really where you end up being successful is a consistent effort at getting better every day.”
NFL Breakout Candidates by Division: AFC West - Erik Lambert
The 2013 season was essentially a rookie year for NFL tight end Ladarius Green. He only played four games the year before and the San Diego Chargers got a taste of what the big tight end can bring them in 2014. After all, compiling 376 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 catches is a testament to his explosiveness. What can the German native do for an encore?