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Morning links: Cornerback still an issue

Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, Tom Gower of Football Outsiders identifies cornerback as the most pressing need to fill for the San Diego Chargers as they gear up for the beginning of training camp at the end of July.

Even though San Diego selected TCU cornerback Jason Verrett in the first round and have last year’s fifth-round draft choice, Steve Williams, returning from the injured reserve, Gower believes the Chargers will need to get better play from returning starters Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall in order for the secondary to improve.

ESPN NFL Insider Kevin Seifert says the time is right for the creation of a developmental league for the NFL.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com lists Antonio Gates as San Diego's most intriguing player in 2014 because of how his production could affect the team’s ability to make it back to the playoffs.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego wonders how the Chargers will hold up at nose tackle during the 2014 season.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego talks with Verrett on how he’s handling being a spectator at practice while he rehabs from shoulder surgery.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with receiver Eddie Royal, who is now fully healthy and able to practice regularly after limping through the second half of the 2013 season with a nagging toe injury.

Quarterback Stephen Rivers, the younger brother of Chargers signal-caller Philip Rivers, has decided to transfer from LSU to Vanderbilt.

Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports notes that the Chargers were among the league leaders in catching the football last season.

Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report offers a nice breakdown of the struggles younger corners have in making the transition from college to the NFL. It’s good food for thought as Verrett attempts to make the transition while getting mental reps from the sideline in OTAs.