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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: February 26, 2015

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Futures: Kentucky Edge Rushers Bud Dupree and Za'Darius Smith - Matt Waldman
Smith may not get much bigger, faster, or stronger, but he's likely to continue getting smarter at the position and the game. He already shines with his Hands Vocabulary -- what I call a lineman's repertoire of moves. The more ways a defensive lineman can win battles, the more consistent he'll be.

Ravens: Smith moves toward the exit - Ben Stockwell
In spite of not being on Wallace’s level, Smith will still be the premier deep wide receiver available in free agency, which means he will likely receive a contract offer commensurate with that standing. Whichever team signs Smith, the key to getting the best out of him will be to get on top of the drops that plagued him this season. Five drops to eight catches on downfield targets is a poor return; a lot of production was left on the field in 2014 that Smith could easily re-discover in 2015.

Packers: A.J. Hawk released - Khaled Elsayed
With fewer expectations, the tenure of Hawk may be seen in a less negative light, but his play from when the ball was snapped to when it was whistled dead always left a lot to be desired. PFF has been grading since 2007 and only 2012 saw him walk away with a positive grade with his work in the run game rarely impressive.

Jarret Johnson is a fan of Mike Nolan - Eric Williams
"Mike Nolan is a huge hire for the Chargers," Johnson said. "Mike Nolan was my defensive coordinator for my first two years in Baltimore and he’s just an unbelievable guy. He’s kind of a hard-nosed guy. He’s going to get the best out of you, but he does it in a way that you respect. He’s really good at communicating and getting the best out of players. So he’s going to be a huge help to that staff."