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Chargers Daily Links: First impressions of the ‘Hard Knocks’ premiere

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Tuesday night was the premiere of Season 14 of HBO’s Hard Knocks, featuring both the Chargers and Rams in Los Angeles. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for.

The episode was multi-faceted, infusing the serious and grave tone that we’ve all come to expect from existing within a pandemic for five months, with some much-needed comic relief to make sure we all took a deep breath and laughed before the end credits began to roll.

All the usual suspects were in there: Keenan Allen, Derwin James, Melvin Ingram, and the rest of the other personalities we’ve come to cherish as Bolt fans.

We also got to see the darker side of the coaches’ jobs: the cuts.

At the very end of the first episode, the cameras were rolling while Lynn called Roderic Teamer, Koda Martin, and P.J. Johnson to let them know they were among the team’s first cuts. It was followed by an in-person meeting with Andrew Vollert, who was NOT pleased he was being released before camp even got started.

I’m going to save the rest of my thoughts for my actual recap that will be out later today, but I wanted to use this post to gauge all of your initial thoughts on the premiere. So tell us what you thought of episode one below!

And here are today’s links.

Chargers News:

Chris Hayre re-visits the early 2019 success of the Chargers backfield (Chargers.com)

Tyler Sullivan makes three bold predictions for the Chargers in 2020 (CBS Sports)

Alexander Insdorf wonders if Tyrod Taylor could stay in L.A. past 2020 (Bolt Beat)

Anthony Lynn revealed he had Covid-19 on Hard Knocks premiere (Pro Football Talk)

NFL News:

Todd McShay released his latest 2021 mock draft (ESPN)

A number of Cowboys players are creating their own personal training camp bubble (ESPN)

The Washington Football Team will play without fans in 2020 (Pro Football Talk)

The Ravens signed RB Kenjon Barner (Pro Football Talk)

Cody Benjamin lists the 10 best remaining free agents (CBS Sports)

Kristopher Knox updated their list of players who are likely to be traded from each NFL club (Bleacher Report)