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Philip Rivers shows accelerated vision

Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth profiled San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers this week, focusing on his developing relationship with offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

Reich says that Rivers has accelerated vision -- an ability to quickly read and process defenses. Reich says that unique characteristic allows Rivers to get to the right play quickly.

“If there is a top 10 list of smartest guys in the league, he’s on it, promise you,” Reich told Pompei. “I would watch him in practice, hear the calls he would make, how fast he would process things. He’s dropping back, talking to the backs as he’s moving, telling them who to block, calling out code names for blitzes. He just sees it faster than anybody else.”

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of ESPN Radio talk with Rivers about the upcoming season in this audio link.

Notes:

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego calls Mike Scifres one of the best punters ever in the NFL.

Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated believes this could be Antonio Gates’ last season in the league.

Jordan Beane of Chargers.com talks with former San Diego quarterback Dan Fouts about this year’s team in this video.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com interviews Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano about the state of this year’s defense.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that dropped kickoffs continue to be an issue for Tevin Reese.

Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight ranks the modern wide receivers using a system similar to the BCS bowl rating system. Former Chargers receiver Lance Alworth is No. 10 on the list. Charlie Joiner is No. 32.

Former Chargers receiver Tobais Palmer signed with New Orleans.