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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 7, 2016

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

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2015 Adjusted Games Lost: By Unit - Scott Kacsmar
For those unfamiliar with this metric, with AGL we are able to quantify how much teams were affected by injuries based on two principles: (1) Injuries to starters, injury replacements and important situational reserves matter more than injuries to bench warmers; and (2) Injured players who do take the field are usually playing with reduced ability, which is why AGL is based not strictly on whether the player is active for the game or not, but instead is based on the player's listed status that week (IR/PUP, out, doubtful, questionable or probable).

Curtis Conway, NFL Network Debate Chargers Draft - (video)
The "Path to the Draft" crew discusses what the Chargers should do with their top two picks in the draft.

Instability gives Chargers O-line conundrum - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
For the Chargers simply to watch film and grade out their line was not enough this offseason. Given all the moving pieces, they had to consider the context of what was before them. And now, without fully knowing what they have, they must determine in free agency and the draft what they need.

Peyton Manning retires from NFL; Tom Brady: ‘He set the standard' - Peter King
"I’ve got three to five years left in me," Weddle said Saturday. "I want to go somewhere I have a chance to win a Super Bowl. Until last year I’ve never been injured. I’ve never had surgery. I don’t drink, I don’t go out. My shoulders, back, legs, hip, they’re all fine. I think I bring a lot to a team."

Comic-Con wants certain Convention Center expansion - David Glanzer (UT$)
The ability to have all exhibitors under one roof is considerably more beneficial for attendees and show organizers. There have long been a variety of challenges facing Comic-Con in our desire to remain in San Diego that go beyond just a convention center expansion. But with the help of the current and past mayors, City Council members, local hoteliers and convention center staff, we have been able to successfully address many of those issues.

Emergence of Denzel Perryman leads Chargers to release Donald Butler - Eric Williams
Perryman's impressive play also made Butler expendable. On the surface, Butler's signing appears like another bad deal brokered by Chargers general manager Tom Telesco. However, San Diego had contingencies built into the contract.

Solving return woes a key for Chargers in free agency - Eric Williams
Priority No. 1 -- Sign Travis Benjamin. The Chargers finished with a total of 84 punt return yards in 2015 and lost receiver Malcom Floyd to retirement, so the signing of Cleveland Browns pending free-agent receiver Benjamin could fill both of those needs. The crop of receivers is weak in this year's draft, and the cat-quick Benjamin could be a good fit in San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's passing game, which relies on short throws and receivers who can make plays after the catch.

Top five picks in 2016 draft: Bringing back Antonio Gates priority for Chargers - Eric Williams
The Chargers need to bring Philip Rivers' security blanket, Antonio Gates, back in free agency. Although he turns 36 in June, Gates remains one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the game, and he is a frequent target of Rivers on money downs and in the red zone. Add that this year's draft class is a little weak at tight end, and the importance of re-signing Gates is even more urgent for the Chargers.

Chargers position outlook 2016: Special teams - Eric Williams
Replacing incumbent Nick Novak, undrafted rookie Lambo performed well in his first NFL season. Lambo was the top rookie kicker in the league last season with 106 points. He converted 26 of 32 eld goals (81.3 percent) and 28 of 32 extra points (87.5). Lambo also was clutch, making seven of his eight eld goal attempts in the fourth quarter, including a 54-yarder for a 20-17 lead against Pittsburgh with 2:56 left on Oct. 12.