Morning Links: Seeking pass-rush help

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
10:50
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Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, draft analysts at Scouts Inc. write that Auburn defensive end Dee Ford would be a good fit for 3-4 teams like the San Diego Chargers, who are looking for a pass-rush specialist to create pressure off of the edge. Ford measured in a little small at 6-2 and 243 pounds, but has been the most dominant edge pass rusher according to reports from this week’s Senior Bowl practices. The report also includes a rundown of the top performers at the Senior Bowl so far this week.

ESPN Jaguars beat reporter Michael DiRocco offers some good observations from the South team’s practice at the Senior Bowl.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com also writes that Ford was one of the standouts at Senior Bowl practices.

Eric Galko of the National Football Post provides weigh-in results from the North and South rosters.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with San Diego executive vice president of football operations John Spanos about his team’s preparations for the Senior Bowl

ESPN radio’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic talked with former Chargers general manager Bobby Beathard about Ryan Leaf’s agent Leigh Steinberg new book. Steinberg wrote that he told the Chargers that Leaf would purposely miss a meeting with the Indianapolis Colts so he would slide to San Diego at No. 2 in the 1998 draft. Beathard takes responsibility for the misevaluation and drafting of Leaf, saying it was a disaster from the beginning. Check out the audio link.

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego offers position-by-position grades for the Chargers.

Harry Enten, writing for Grantland, collected weather data from the last 30 years from an official weather station in Newark, New Jersey, 10 miles from MetLife Stadium, to try and figure out what type of weather is in store for this year’s Super Bowl. Based on his research, he predicts windy conditions on the big day, with snow and freezing cold less likely.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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