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Morning links: O-line needs to stay healthy

7/13/2014

Good morning. Lindsay Jones of USA Today offers this training camp preview of the San Diego Chargers, with the team expected to begin practice at Chargers Park in 11 days.

Jones expects the offensive line to continue to improve if the group can remain healthy in 2014:

From Jones: “The blocking was vastly improved last season. Rivers was sacked 30 times compared with 49 in 2012. The upgrade was due in large part to the play of tackles King Dunlap and 2013 first-round pick D.J. Fluker. The unit could make even bigger strides if it can stop playing musical chairs because of injuries. Dunlap, who suffered three concussions last season, is the key player to watch. The team re-signed guard Chad Rinehart, who is expected to start next to longtime center Nick Hardwick.”

In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, the Chargers rank No. 9 in ESPN's NFL Future Power Rankings.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego talks with Ryan Mathews about his offseason training leading up to training camp at the end of this month.

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth predicts a return to the playoffs for the Chargers.

Troy Hirsch of Fox 5 San Diego takes aerial yoga with Shareece Wright in this video.

Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 talks with Wright about his goals for the upcoming season in this video.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com ranks Donald Butler a solid starter in his ranking of the linebackers around the league.