Morning links: Defending Clary


Good morning. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego defends the Chargers retaining offensive guard Jeromey Clary, stating that the Kansas State product has earned his keep. Clary is due $4.55 million in non-guaranteed total compensation for the 2014 season.

Some team followers believe Clary's roster spot could be up for grabs with San Diego drafting a cheaper alternative to fill in at right guard in third-round selection Chris Watt. But Acee writes Clary will be on the team as San Diego’s starting right guard the upcoming season, and I agree.

In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus writes that Clary is one of several NFL veterans whose jobs could be in jeopardy after the draft. Jahnke notes the Chargers averaged a yard better running on the ground to the left side than to the right side last season. Also, Clary had the third-lowest run-block rating for all guards according to Pro Football Focus metrics.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego takes a closer look at Chargers' second-round selection Jerry Attaochu.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes this weekend’s rookie minicamp is an important first step for the team’s newest additions.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue evaluates seventh-round selection Tevin Reese’s chances of making the final roster.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com gives the Chargers a solid B for this year's draft class.

Eliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks San Diego No. 13 in his latest NFL power rankings.