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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Morning links: Malcom Floyd on the mend

By Eric D. Williams

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that San Diego Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd has been cleared to run and do some light weightlifting, as he attempts to return to action after suffering a serious neck injury last September against Philadelphia that cut short his 2013 season.

While the 32-year-old receiver’s progress is promising, Floyd still faces an uphill battle to return to the field for the upcoming season.

ESPN fantasy expert Matthew Berry offers some takeaways from conversations at last week’s NFL scouting combine. They include optimism from San Diego coach Mike McCoy on the continued improved performance of tight end Ladarius Green.

Jordan Beane of Chargers.com interviews San Diego director of player personnel JoJo Wooden about his team’s combine experience and preparation for this year’s draft in this video.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports the franchise and transition tag numbers for each position.

Charles Davis of the NFL Network has the Chargers selecting Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix at No. 25 in his latest mock draft.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times gives the Chargers TCU cornerback Jason Verrett in his latest mock draft.

Tim Newcomb of Sports Illustrated takes a look back at a proposal for a floating stadium planned for Mission Bay in San Diego 50 years ago. The proposal never saw the light of day because the price tag was twice the amount of the eventual stadium that was built, Qualcomm Stadium.

Former NFL head personnel man Jerry Angelo, writing for the National Football Post, details the work personnel departments are doing leading up to the beginning of free agency and the draft.

Scott Kascsmar of Football Outsiders wonders why more NFL coaches don’t use the quarterback sneak more often on 3rd and 1, when analytics show it’s one of the most successful plays in that situation. The answer is pretty simple – coaches don’t like the possibility of their well-paid, franchise quarterback taking a shot to the ribs and being out for an extended period of time for a first down.