Morning links: Bolts' defense No. 28 in NFL

August, 13, 2014
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Good morning. A day after evaluating every offense in the NFL, Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus turns his attention to the defenses in the league in this ESPN Insider piece Insider. And it’s no surprise that the San Diego Chargers are located at the bottom of the rankings.

Jahnke places San Diego’s defense No. 28 overall. Pro Football Focus uses its graded depth charts as a starting point for the evaluating process. According to Pro Football Focus, San Diego’s secondary ranks No. 9 in the NFL, followed by the linebackers (No. 20), edge rushers (23) and interior line (31).

Even with Eric Weddle, I’m surprised the secondary is ranked that high after the way that unit played last season. And although they need more quality depth, with Corey Liuget anchoring that unit I’m also surprised by how low the interior defensive line ranks.

• ESPN NFL Nation Texans beat writer Tania Ganguli discusses Houston signing former Chargers running back Ronnie Brown in this video.

Lindsay Jones of USA Today writes about Dwight Freeney’s return to the field this season after suffering a torn quad last season. Talking with Jones, Donald Butler had this to say about Freeney: “That man is built -- God blessed him -- to rush the passer. In terms of expectations, anything less than the old Dwight Freeney would very much surprise me. In my mind, I've got to cover for three seconds. Anything more than that, they should be getting to the quarterback.”

• Petros Papadakis and Joe Klatt of Fox Sports LA radio talked with Philip Rivers from Chargers Park in this audio link.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego will be focused on the competition for backup offensive tackle between Michael Harris and Willie Smith on Friday at Seattle.

• Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of The Mighty 1090 am radio talks with defensive end Sean Lissemore in this audio link.

Jay Paris writing for the Associated Press talks with offensive lineman Jeromey Clary about his rehabilitation and when he might be back on the field.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com previews the Chargers-Seahawks matchup.

Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports talks with Magic Johnson, who says that Los Angeles will get a team in two years. There’s also video of a training camp fight between the Raiders and the Cowboys at the end of the article.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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