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Forged by a force - Kevin Acee - SDUT

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English was twice the Mid-American Conference MVP during a career in which he accumulated 31½ sacks and 63 tackles for loss at Northern Illinois. English also got his degree. With a strong week in January at the Senior Bowl, he showed that the midlevel MAC competition was not the reason for his big numbers. He scored an impressive 34 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Scouting Combine, and when his 40-yard dash time there wasn't top-flight he changed his plans, went to speed camp and knocked almost two-tenths of a second off the time at his Pro Day a month later. The kid gets it and gets it done. Always has.

Turner impressed with new Chargers

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Casey Pearce, chargers.com English - He’s a natural pass rusher and I’m excited to get him in pads. He’s a very strong player who is going to use his leverage real well." Vasquez - I can’t wait to see him when the pads go on because I think he will really step up another notch. He could battle to be a starter. Martin - I think he’s gotten a lot better understanding of what we’re doing. ... His number of mental errors is being reduced constantly. Johnson - ...he’s a very natural runner, he plays faster than he times. He’s got exceptional ability to make a cut and not slow down. He doesn’t waste movement. Hughes - He’s very natural in the slot. I think he’s going to have a presence on our football team as a young player. Ellison - Again, when the pads go on it will give him a chance to make that much more of an impression... has a chance to be in our nickel package early and could compete for a starting job. see the article for details.

Hughes signs four-year contract

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With Hughes under contract, the Chargers have seven unsigned draft picks, including Larry English, Louis Vasquez, Vaughn Martin, Tyronne Green, Gartrell Johnson, Kevin Ellison and Demetrius Byrd. In addition to signing Hughes, the Chargers released four players Friday. Offensive tackle Sam Allen, cornerback Ramarcus Brown, wide receiver Jeremy Childs and linebacker Anthony Felder, all of whom were undrafted rookie free agents, were waived.

Rookies ready for training camp

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"I’m more than grateful for this time," said cornerback Brandon Hughes, the team’s fifth-round draft pick. "I’ve been encouraged by the progress that I’ve made over the last four weeks. I understand the defense better, I understand what they’re asking of me and I got a feel for what camp is going to be like." "I’ll be able to play faster in training camp because I know what’s going on, what I’m supposed to be doing," safety Kevin Ellison said. "Seeing the level of competition is big, knowing what you’re up against and just getting a feel for how things are run from as a program. It was a good month for us."

How the expiring NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement is affecting new contracts

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Why the lack of progress on a new CBA is a conspiracy by the man to keep that Chargers' core players intact through 2010

Chargers again mull Oceanside for stadium site

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Two years after saying no to playing in Oceanside, the San Diego Chargers are again contemplating a new stadium there, this time at the site of a defunct drive-in theater on State Route 76. A developer and a team spokesman stressed that it is very early in their discussions and an Oceanside councilman called the prospect highly unlikely, but the talks mark yet another attempt to keep the Chargers from bolting town.

Vasquez embracing new challenge

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Casey Pearce, chargers.com When asked Wednesday about his aspirations of becoming a starter, Vasquez gave a humble response and simply said he hopes that happens some day. Turner, however, has been impressed with Vasquez and sees a "real competitive situation" brewing between Vasquez and veteran Kynan Forney during training camp. "Our scouts did a great job evaluating and gave us a good idea of his strengths and weaknesses and he’s come in and been everything we’d hoped. He’s a big, physical guy. He has a lot of work to do like all young guys do. Kynan is the starter now and I imagine they’ll have a heck of a battle during training camp."

Gordon making most of offseason workouts

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Acee. SDUT, Cletis Gordon is entering his fourth season. He's scheduled to make $1.45 million in 2009. But there he was Monday at Chargers Park practicing with the rookies and a handful of other second-, third-and fourth-year players. "Any time as a player like me, when you can get more reps, it's going to help in the long run," Gordon said. And there he was about noon Monday, the last player on the field, working on his angles of pursuit with assistant Cris Dishman. Gordon knows the Chargers drafted a cornerback (Brandon Hughes) to challenge him for playing time and perhaps even a roster spot. This is a crucial offseason for Gordon, whose speed, in particular, has made him an intriguing prospect since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006. (Also some notes on Merriman and other rookies)

Additions toughen division

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Chargers GM wary of Patriot influence - Boston Globe The author may need some physical therapy after all the heavy duty self-back patting. I'll worry about the latest Belichek disciples once they prove they can be more successfull than the previous Belickek disciples (Weis, Crennel, Mangini)... Although the dude in Atlanta is looking good, but the jury is still out.

Chargers' talent can cause a quandary

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When the 2009 season ends, quarterback Philip Rivers, outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, top wide receiver Vincent Jackson, protean running back Darren Sproles and left tackle Marcus McNeill are due to become unrestricted free agents.

Turner believes that his players are primed

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"We have a lot of guys on this team that are at a place in their careers when they're going to play the best football they've ever played," Turner said recently, sounding a theme he has broached several times this spring. " ... They're at a point, a lot of guys, experience-wise, where they're at in age, where they are in their maturity, both physically and mentally; we have a lot of guys capable of having their best years."

San Diego Chargers' Third Year Players

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A look that the Charger players who are entering the magical 3rd year, the year when young players start to "get it."

Diner Morning News: 2010 Super Bowl

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Michael Lombardi from the National Football Post has the Chargers and the Giants in the 2010 Super Bowl. "Great offense with a great pass rusher always makes me a believer."

Turner: Past experiences will help ’09 Chargers

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from chargers.com "To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done." "We’re having a great offseason," Turner said. "They’re still having fun, but there’s a serious mindset about our guys. They understand that if you want something, you have to go earn it."

Kassim shines

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I didn't say anything after Tuesday's practice, because it was just one day, a couple nice catches. But after Kassim Osgood made a sterling reception in traffic in the end zone to complete a succesful two-minute drill by the second-team offense today, it deserves mention that the erstwhile receiver is showing some nice hands this spring.

More Stadium Interview Summaries

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Summary of 4 radio interviews related to the latest Chargers' stadium proposal from Perry Dealy

Scott grateful for fresh start

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Scott is an everyman DL in the Charger's 3-4. He is primarily a NT, but also plays DT in the nickel packages (when the Chargers run 4 down lineman) This article tracks his career from the Super Bowl Bears from a few years back to some injury plagued years at Philly and Carolina. Didn't play much last year, but we could see more of him depending on how some position battles shake out.

Lance Alworth, Charger Legend - Interview

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A short summary of a radio interview with Lance Alworth, Charger Legend and Hall of Famer.

Chandler goes home

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Scott Chandler signs with the Cowboys.

Q&A with Stephen Cooper

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Casey Pearce, chargers.com Fan Questions answered by Mr.Cooper

Safety Hart knows he's in fight for playing time

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"It hurts to (be) given up on so easily," Hart said. "But I understand. It's about putting the best people on the field. Being hurt, I was not one of the best. Me healthy, I'm one of the best. I belong out there. I think I'm a damn good football player. "I'll be the first to say I played like crap last year, and I'll be the first to say I won't play like that this year. ... The next round of OCS and when we put pads on (in training camp), let's see the dogs come out. Let's see who wants it."

Initial Cut at the 53 man roster

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A rough cut at what the Chargers 53 man roster might look like.

Versatility remains Bingham's specialty

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"I get paid to do what they want," Bingham said Thursday. "If I got to do what I want, I'd be a running back or a linebacker." In offseason coaching sessions that began this week, the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Bingham is playing at end and nose tackle, the same sort of utility man he's been his entire career. "I'd like to think I have a shot at starting," Bingham said, referring to the right defensive end spot that was left vacant when Igor Olshansky departed as a free agent. "But I'm just here to do what the team needs."

Chargers' Defensive Backfield Position Battles and Depth Analysis

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A look at the Chargers' defensive backfield depth chart and potential position battles

Versatile Wilson finding his niche

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"I do a little bit of everything," Wilson said Wednesday following the team’s third Offseason Coaching Session. That’s what helped land the veteran in San Diego last September, and it’s what will likely keep him with the Chargers this fall. While predominately a tight end, the 6-2, 251-pound Wilson has started 23 games at fullback during his career. He’s also played H-back and excelled on special teams. "He’s a very versatile guy," Turner said. "He’s got a chance to help us because he can do on-line stuff and he can move around."

Mark Fabiani, Making the Rounds

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summary of Mark Fabiani's recent flurry of interviews about the San Diego Chargers' potential stadium sites.

Ex-Aztec Dombrowski moves to front of line

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McNeil is still sitting out, no surprise as he won't get near contact until camp. LJ Shelton was also out. So, who steps in at left tackle? Mr. Dombrowski! He seems to have moved Corey Clark down the depth chart. Dombrowski can also play guard. He was a 2008 UDFA and spent 08 on the practice squad. Also some notes on the ILB other things.

Defensive seeds are being sown in hopes of reaping wins

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Chargers coordinator Ron Rivera is keeping the 3-4 theme, but rewriting the defensive playbook.

'Red flags galore' in city audit of facility

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If Chargers depart, S.D. owes $27 million Good overview of some of the financial issues with the current stadium.

Mike Florio talks about the Chargers not making the playoffs next year

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Summary of Mike Florio's interview on XTRA 1360. Discussing the Chargers not making the playoffs next year.

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