San Diego Chargers: Brandon Flowers

Good morning. Sarah Toland writing for Sports Illustrated takes an interesting look at new San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers and how he stays in shape. Flowers has something in common with new teammate Donald Butler -- cycling. Flowers says cycling is a great lower-body workout that builds strength and endurance.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus breaks down the NFL’s most efficient passer on every type of route. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was rated No. 1 on in-breaking routes.

Kyle Posey writing for Bolts from the Blue believes Flowers is a significant upgrade at cornerback for the Chargers.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports calls Flowers San Diego’s most overrated player. He believes Ladarius Green is the team’s most underrated player.

Mike Tanier of Sports On Earth believes the Chargers have a top 10 receiving group.

Eric Weddle talks with Akbar Gbajabiamila of the NFL Network about his love of R&B music in this video.

Jason Munz of the Hattiesburg American talks to Cordarro Law about his effort to make San Diego’s roster.

Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated looks at how the invention of the arthroscope saved careers in the NFL.
San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers talked with Chris Ello and Ben Higgins of Xtra 1360 AM radio about signing with his new team. Check out the audio link here.

Flowers said that the opportunity to play against his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs, weighed in his decision to sign with the Chargers.

“That definitely played in the decision,” Flowers said. “Just the way I play the game, I always felt like it would be fun. I never got that chance to play against an old team. Once I was on a team for my whole life, I was on that team for good.

“So just going back to play against some of the fellas and some of the coaches, it will definitely be fun. But I respect everybody in that program. They run a great program in Kansas City, and they have great fans in Kansas City. But just for personal reasons I think it will be fun to line up across those guys.”

Flowers said he was caught off guard by Kansas City releasing him in a cost cutting move earlier this month.

“It’s a business,” he said. “And in this business you have to roll with the punches. Once the release happened, my phone and my agent’s phone was a hotline. A lot of teams were calling, and a lot of teams were trying to bring me in because they’re not used to getting a six-year starter this late that can maybe fall into their lap.”

Flowers said during his visit to San Diego, he spent quality time with his former teammate at Virginia Tech, receiver Eddie Royal. And Flowers credited Royal with making him feel comfortable and selling the Chargers to him as a landing spot.

“It was a crazy experience with guys on the phone for three days straight nonstop,” Flowers said. “I knew what teams I wanted to play for. And if I could come to terms with those teams, I definitely wanted to make it. And San Diego was one of the top teams I wanted to play for.”
Here are highlights from our weekly San Diego Chargers chat. You can check out the full transcript here.

Heidijoy (Iowa): How are Manti Te'o and Chris Watts doing?

Eric D. Williams: Te'o looks faster now that his foot is fully healthy. But I want to see how he plays in a preseason game first before saying that he will be an impact player on defense. I think Chris Watt can be a fill-in guy at interior offensive line this season, and potentially a starter at center or guard in the next two or three years. Watt gets after it and appears to be picking up his assignments quickly.

Rashad (San Diego): Has the Brandon Flowers deal broke down with the chargers and why? Do you know his asking price?

Williams: I have no specifics on Flowers and the possibility he ends up in San Diego, other than he visited the team's facility Wednesday and Thursday. Flowers and his representation are likely listening to other potential suitors and weighing their options. The Chargers appear to be in a good position to land Flowers. He fits defensive coordinator John Pagano's system and would be an upgrade over anyone at cornerback on San Diego's roster as it stands right now. My only concern would be how having Flowers on the roster affects the playing time of Jason Verrett and Steve Williams. Those young corners have to play in order to get better. Flowers has to weigh scheme fit, opportunity for playing time and, of course, price.

Milwaukee Dan: What's the story on Woodhead .... a luxury that the Bolts will let walk after this year or do you see them making an effort to keep him?

Williams: Danny Woodhead is a productive player and a good fit in the locker room. I would be surprised if Woodhead is not on San Diego's roster in 2015.

LeAndre (Los Angeles): For some reason, WR Tevin Reese intrigues the heck out of me -- I've heard he's had a few drops here and there during practice, but you can't teach speed. What role might he fill this season OR do you see Reese having a legit shot at being on the field with Keenan, M-80, Vincent Brown/Eddie Royal?

Williams: I like his skill set. I thought Reese actually had his best practice that I watched Wednesday during the team's final minicamp practice. I think he needs a redshirt year to learn a pro-style offense and gain weight. He has an uphill battle to earn a roster spot. I think more likely he winds up on the practice squad, unless he can seize one of the return jobs.
Here are some highlights from our inaugural weekly San Diego Chargers chat. You can check out the full transcript here.

Brandon (Culpeper,VA): Will the chargers release Jeromey Clary and sign Brandon Flowers?

Eric D. Williams: I still see Jeromey Clary being a part of this roster moving forward because of his experience in San Diego's offense. There's a possibility that Clary begins the season on the PUP list because of the shoulder and hip surgeries. But I still believe San Diego is a better team with Clary on it.

As for recently released Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, I think San Diego has enough 5-10 corners on the roster. I don’t see him as an upgrade.

Nick W. (Indianapolis): What are your thoughts on King Dunlap long term LT or will we be looking for another LT because of his injury/concussion issues? How does the Chargers brass feel about him?

Williams: Dunlap played well for San Diego last season, and he turns 29 in September. So Dunlap can continue to play at a reasonably high level for a few more years. I think you bring him back in free agency when his contract is up at the end of the 2014 season if he can stay healthy and continues to play well. But left tackle is one of those positions where teams are always looking to improve the overall talent. So I could see San Diego drafting for that position in 2015 as well. I feel that D.J. Fluker is better off at right tackle long term.

Thomas (England): Interested to know how Steve Williams has been doing? I think he could be a starter next year.

Williams: Steve Williams has been one of the bright spots of San Diego’s offseason. He looks fast, and has made plays while working with the starters. He'll have an opportunity to compete for the starting corner job opposite Shareece Wright, along with Richard Marshall and Jason Verrett.

Kurt (Coronado, CA): With one of the toughest schedules in the league this year, do you believe we can get to the playoffs again?

Williams: I predicted San Diego will go 10-6 and make the playoffs for the upcoming season. The Chargers are the only team in the AFC West that returns all 11 starters from last year. I think that consistency on offense will go a long way. And I believe San Diego will be better defensively this year. The Chargers are a veteran team that will play from ahead, limit mistakes and not beat themselves.