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Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: How Far Can Austin Ekeler’s Work Ethic Take Him?

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Austin Ekeler’s NFL Rise Built on Work Ethic - Chris Hayre
“Coming in, especially where I was coming in, it kind of seems surreal just being in the moment,” Ekeler said. “You’re trying to live up to it, and you have all these legends around you. These Pro Bowlers – (Philip Rivers), he’s been playing so long you’re just like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ And you get here, it just takes time to settle down as a rookie.”

Chargers' Mike Williams flashes playmaking ability first week of camp - Eric Williams
"The numbers say it's not," Telesco said, when asked if he thought the Chargers were an injury-plagued team. "Our strength and conditioning staff, our training staff, our nutrition staff, I'm really, really happy with what they are doing with our players. We made a lot of changes from when we moved from San Diego to here, and I feel really good about them.

Free agents, still available, who can contribute to needy NFL teams - Cam Mellor
Gates’ 2017 campaign, though the lowest in terms of total yards, still had enough bright spots to warrant a return to Los Angeles. He caught 30-of-44 targets for 316 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games, finishing the season with a 66.1 overall grade that ranked tied for 15th among tight ends with at least 30 targets this past year.

Training Camp Takeaways in the AFC West - Mark Chichester
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that cornerback Jason Verrett will miss the 2018 season with a torn Achilles. It’s a crushing blow for Verrett, who suffered the injury during the same conditioning test that all Chargers players took prior to the start of camp. With Verrett out again, third-year cornerback Trevor Williams will reclaim his spot on the perimeter, which is where he excelled last year and sneakily graded as PFF’s 18th-best cornerback with an 80.2 coverage grade.

Scott Spratt's 6 steps to creating weekly fantasy rankings - Scott Spratt
Finally and with little time to spare before the start of the 2018 season, I have a working system in place. And while it was a bear to make that happen, I can explain the end product in six easy steps.

West Notes: Donald, Raiders, Carter - Rory Parks
The Chargers‘ starting free safety job remains up for grabs, as Eric Williams of ESPN.com tweets. Jahleel Addae, Desmond King, and Jaylen Watkins have all seen action with the starters at that position.

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