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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: July 23, 2015

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Chargers backs look to restore balance - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
"I'm really excited about what I would hope and envision to be a significantly improved running game," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "Hopefully, we'll stay healthy. We've got a lot to prove. That's what we've got to do. We've got to go out and prove it. Not just because we drafted Melvin Gordon (will it get to where it needs to be). It's going to take a lot more than just drafting him."

Bolt of reality: We'll live without Chargers - Kevin Acee (UT$)
But the Chargers are not life and death. As the time many more San Diegans will have to face that appears to be drawing inevitably near, it would be prudent to grasp onto some perspective.

Specialists Week - Gunner vs Vise - Gordon McGuinness
One thing which helps the vise out however, is what they are allowed to get away with contact wise. They may line up in a similar position to a wide receiver and a cornerback, but a vise is allowed to make much more contact than a cornerback ever would.

UDFA Hope - Kyle O'Brien
A star power forward for the Kent State Golden Flash basketball team, Gates led them to the Elite Eight in the 2002 season. The most remarkable part of Gates’ collegiate career was he never played a single snap as a football player. His plus athleticism intrigued NFL teams, leading to him being signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2003 as an UDFA.