Morning links: Larry English finds a home

Good morning. ESPN NFL Nation Buccaneers beat writer Pat Yasinskas reports that Tampa Bay signed former San Diego Chargers edge rusher Larry English. A former first-round pick for the Chargers, English was released before training camp started this season.

The Northern Illinois product would have had a tough time making San Diego’s roster as part of a crowded group at outside linebacker. In Tampa Bay, English will get a chance to return to his more natural position of defensive end in a 4-3 system.

ESPN fantasy draft expert Matthew Berry is not a fan of taking Ryan Mathews early in fantasy drafts, and believes the Chargers will be more of a three-headed monster with Mathews, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead this season.

Neil Paine of Five Thirty Eight believes the increased emphasis on officials calling illegal contact and defensive holding will not affect passing efficiency in the NFL.

Jordan Beane of Chargers.com previews Friday’s Seahawks-Chargers contest by talking with Seahawks' analyst Warren Moon in this video.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times offers some things to look for from a Seahawks' perspective in Friday's contest against the Chargers.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Jason Verret will play at some point this preseason, and remains on track to play in San Diego's regular-season opener at Arizona.

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated previews the AFC West. He likes the Chargers as a sleeper pick to win the division.

Melissa Mecija of ABC News Ch. 10 reports Chargers outside linebacker Thomas Keiser has responded to a civil lawsuit filed against him regarding an altercation he was involved with in December.

Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with Hall of Fame voter Howard Balzer about the Chargers in this audio link.

Steve Hartman and Mike Costa of Xtra 1360 Fox Sports radio talk with Danny O’Neil of ESPN 710 Seattle about Friday’s contest in this audio link.