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Chargers Daily Links: Justin Herbert uses golf to bond with team ahead of sophomore season

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Justin Herbert loves to have fun. It’s been evident since he became a member of the Chargers that even though he’s been a bookworm with a very strong work ethic for most of his life, he always attempts to balance that with leisure time. Sometimes that’s just grilling a brisket (#VictoryBrisket) and sometimes that’s just hitting the links with several of his teammates.

This past week, Herbert took that love of golf and turned it into one of the first big events hosted by the budding superstar as a professional football player. On July 8th, he hosted the Justin Herbert Invitational in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon which benefitted Kidsports, a nonprofit that Herbert grew up in while playing numerous youth sports.

A number of his current Chargers teammates, including Gabe Nabers, Keenan Allen, and Scott Quessenberry, joined him in Eugene alongside former Oregon football greats such as (Charger legend) Dan Fouts and Joey Harrington.

With just a few weeks until training camp begins, it’s great to see the guys kicking back and enjoying their time before they enter one of the most-anticipated seasons in recent Chargers history.

With soaring expectations under first-year coach Brandon Staley, I’d probably be on the course as much possible as well before it’s officially go-time.

And now for your links!

Chargers News:

Derwin James went against Shawne Merriman in the first installment of “Between 2 Kegs” (Chargers.com)

Get caught up on what the Raiders have done this offseason (Chargers.com)

The Chargers need a healthy Bryan Bulaga in 2021 (Chargers Wire)

Three players to worry about on the Raiders (Bolt Beat)

NFL News:

Richard Sherman is facing four misdemeanors after being released from jail (NFL.com)

Tom Brady went the whole 2020 season on a fully-torn MCL (NFL.com)

Taylor Moton and the Panthers agreed to a four-year extension (Pro Football Talk)

Ezekiel Elliott is ready to remind everyone of his dominance (Bleacher Report)

Cam Newton views the 2021 season as a “put up or shut up” year (ESPN.com)

How much will players make on the franchise tag this year? (CBS Sports)