Morning links: Chargers under the radar?

Good morning. Adam Schein of NFL.com writes that the San Diego Chargers are the most under-the-radar team in the league this offseason.

Schein points to the expected continued high level of play from Philip Rivers, an underrated draft class and an improved defense as reasons for the Chargers to be in the playoff hunt for a second straight season.

Schein: “Enjoy the silence while it lasts, because the Chargers, behind their star quarterback and a rapidly improving supporting cast, are poised to make more playoff noise. These Bolts are ready to prove they are more than just lucky, more than just that other team on the winning side of another Andy Dalton meltdown.”

Chargers public relations director Bill Johnston and daughter Hayley will run in this weekend’s San Diego Rock n’ Roll marathon to raise money to help find a cure for Huntington’s Disease. Johnston’s wife, Ramona, was diagnosed with the disease in 1999 and now lives in a skilled-nursing home where her needs can be met.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that blocking tight end David Johnson brings a blue-collar mentality to San Diego’s offense.

I talked with Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio about the Chargers' OTAs in this audio link.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego doesn’t expect Dwight Freeney’s absence at some of San Diego’s offseason’s workouts to affect his performance come September.