Morning links: Seau a 'slam dunk' for HOF


Good morning. Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders predicts that former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau will be part of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the first year he’s eligible for induction.

Kacsmar: “This first-ballot case is a slam dunk. Seau made 12 consecutive Pro Bowls, six first-team All-Pro selections, the 1990's All-Decade Team and is universally regarded as one of the best linebackers in NFL history. He was the main attraction in San Diego. My earliest memory of Seau is the 1994 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh. Some still exaggerate that he had 20 or 25 tackles that day, because it felt like he was in on every play. He had 16 official tackles and the Chargers pulled off the upset.”

ESPN NFL Nation Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer reports that Tony Romo will not play in the preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that cornerback Richard Marshall gained 13 pounds of muscle during the offseason, and feels healthier than last season.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego examines the importance of creating more turnovers for San Diego’s defense.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com focuses on Darrell Stuckey’s value to San Diego as a special teams player.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland examines Andy Dalton’s struggles with pressure by taking a closer look at how San Diego forced Dalton into bad decisions by blitzing in the Chargers playoff win against the Bengals last season.

Jake Hefner of Bolt Beat writes about Malcom Floyd’s rehabilitation from a serious neck issue in order to get back onto the field this season.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated places Philip Rivers at No. 6 on his list of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL.

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth ranks the Chargers vs. the 49ers Week 3 preseason game as one of the better nationally televised exhibitions this year.

Legendary former Chargers receiver Lance Alworth turned 74 on Sunday.