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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Chargers are ready to start season without Joey Bosa

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Stephen Cooper on what he’s seen from Chargers D & how he got intel on Peyton - Darren Smith (audio)
Former  Chargers LB Stephen Cooper on what he’s scene from the Chargers defense after two pre-season games, Joey Bosa and how he collected intel on Peyton Manning.

Chargers' Mike McCoy prepared to start regular season without Joey Bosa - Eric Williams
"We'll have a plan for him whenever he's here," McCoy said. "We've talked about it over time, from the very beginning of camp. So we've got a plan for when he's in the building. But I'm very pleased with the other 89 guys in camp at this point in time."

Rams player Will Hayes believes in mermaids, so someone showed up to practice dressed as one - Jacob Price
Hard to say whether this was done to mock Hayes or not, but I really hope he did a double-take upon first seeing this sea creature. I would love to find out he nudged at least one teammate like, "Hey, see? I told you," and then realized this particular mermaid wasn't real.

Chargers' D.J. Fluker to undergo MRI on injured right foot - Eric Williams
Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said a focus of training camp has been getting all five starting offensive linemen practicing every snap together to develop some cohesion and chemistry. Last week's 19-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals was the first time the Chargers had all five starters play together in a preseason game this year.

10 Teams That Could Claim RB Karlos Williams - Dallas Robinson
San Diego had high hopes for its rushing attack after trading up to select Melvin Gordon in the first round of last year’s draft, but offensive line injuries and Gordon’s own poor play led to the Chargers finishing 31st in rushing DVOA. Gordon then had microfracture surgery in January, and while his long-term prognosis is positive, serious knee injuries are always unwelcome news for young running backs. It looks like Gordon is already losing work to Danny Woodhead during the preseason, and if the Chargers think Gordon is in for another sub-par season, they could take a risk on Williams.

Kellen Clemens fending off competition for Chargers' No. 2 QB job - Eric Williams
"That’s the nature of this business. That’s why the NFL is what it is. There’s competition everywhere, all the time. You learn to embrace it and try to do your best with whatever competition there is. I’ve lost a couple competitions. I’ve been cut a couple times, and I understand full well how this business works."