Good morning. Steve Hartman and Mike Costa of Sports Xtra 1360 AM radio talked with San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen in this audio link. Allen says even though he had a successful rookie season, he still has something to prove in his second year after being passed over until the third round by teams in the draft due to a knee issue.
Allen also talked about his lofty goals -- putting together another 1,000-yard receiving season, making the Pro Bowl and earning Super Bowl MVP honors -- which will ultimately help the team reach its goals.
“Having that chip on my shoulder, it’s still there,” Allen said. “I still feel like I don’t have a lot of respect. And I’m going to come out guns blazing this season.”
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes the Chargers' receivers are having a good camp so far.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego says Dwight Freeney is still shaking the rust off.
Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth places the Chargers at No. 11 in his Dan’s Dozen. Pompei: “Philip Rivers really is on top of his game, to the point where he can put a team on his shoulders. He is a great quarterback, and great quarterbacks can do great things when they have the right people around them. The Chargers look like they have a lot of pieces in place."
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that players such as Rivers, Antonio Gates, Nick Hardwick and Eric Weddle share an uncommon bond because of their time with the organization.
More Henne: Marcus Gilchrist is flying under the radar.
Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano talks with Scott Kaplan and Bill Ray Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio about his improved defense in this audio link.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today writes the NFL will debut a new player-tracking system that will allow fans to track advanced statistics. Players will wear two tiny sensors in their shoulder pads to track their movement.
ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez reports that Oakland will travel on Thursday to the East Coast for the team’s opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 7. The Raiders have lost 13 straight games on the East Coast, and will try a new approach in an attempt to change their luck.
Paul Lukas of ESPN’s Uni Watch offers photos of the University of Miami's new helmets.