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Morning links: Rivers No. 7 on Jaws' list

7/22/2014

Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski offers his preseason rankings of the top 32 NFL quarterbacks.

Jaworski ranks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers at No. 7, behind Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger. Rivers was previously No. 9 on the list.

I agree with Jaworski's ranking of Rivers and believe that he will continue to creep up the list with another solid performance in 2014.

Here's Jaworski's take:

"Most of the other quarterbacks in my top 10 have Super Bowl rings, but Rivers certainly has Super Bowl talent. Rivers attempted only 23 passes outside of the pocket last year, so he's not going to beat you out there. But he's a tremendous quarterback inside the pocket. We probably don't give him enough credit for how he manages the line of scrimmage. He is tough as nails and isn't afraid to make the stick throws, and nobody has ever doubted his passion for the game. But what jumped out for me last year was his accuracy. Rivers led the league, completing 69.5 percent of his passes and had a Total QBR of 71.7 (third in the NFL). He should continue to excel with an improved offensive line in front of him."

Stu Woo writing for the Wall Street Journal provides details from one of the games a Philip Rivers-led Chargers' softball team played in over the summer.

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego talks with Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, who says cornerback Jason Verrett should be healthy at the start of training camp.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego evaluates the Chargers' group of pass catchers.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report ranks San Diego's secondary No. 12 in the NFL. Hmmm.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with owner Dean Spanos, who remains optimistic about his team's chances of making another deep playoff run again this season.

Jake Hefner of Bolt Beat talks with Chargers outside linebacker Thomas Keiser.