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Morning links: Woodhead working on craft

Good morning. Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio talked with San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead in this audio link.

Woodhead had a career year in his first season with the Chargers, finishing with more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns in 2013.

Heading into his second season in San Diego, Woodhead said he's working to get even more comfortable within the offense, led by new offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

"Any time you're in a system for a year that you hadn't been, I think mentally it's going to be a little bit better," Woodhead said. "We still have a lot more practices, and hopefully I'll be even more comfortable. But that's why you have an offseason and training camp, to get ready for the long haul, and get ready to be playing well."

Woodhead also talked about the importance of offseason work as his team looks to build on last year's unexpected playoff run.

"You've got to take advantage of every single day," he said. "There's not a ton of time, but those practices that you have I think are valuable, just to get comfortable with everyone.

"Let's face it -- it's the NFL and there's different faces every single year. And you want to get comfortable going into training camp, so you're a little bit more comfortable than you were. And then you use training camp to get ready for the preseason and the regular season."

Woodhead also was introduced to the Grit Coin, which you can check out here.

ESPN Vikings beat reporter Ben Gosseling pens an interesting story on Hall of Fame football coach Bud Grant holding a three-day garage sale at his home in Bloomington, Minn.

ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando makes an argument for expandingInsider the league's playoff field to 14 teams this season.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland takes a look at some key statistics in predicting what teams will improve (Houston) and what teams will backslide (Kansas City) in 2014.

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and Dave Dameshek of the NFL Network debate what players should be on the All-AFC West team in this audio link.

Ricky Henne and Jordan Beane of Chargers.com interview Eric Weddle in this video.

Brent Sobleski of USA Today calls Antonio Gates San Diego's most overrated player. Hmmm.

Jake Hefner writing for Bolts Beat talks with Chargers undrafted rookie free agent defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi.