Good morning. A day after evaluating every offense in the NFL, Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus turns his attention to the defenses in the league in this ESPN Insider piece. And it’s no surprise that the San Diego Chargers are located at the bottom of the rankings.
Jahnke places San Diego’s defense No. 28 overall. Pro Football Focus uses its graded depth charts as a starting point for the evaluating process. According to Pro Football Focus, San Diego’s secondary ranks No. 9 in the NFL, followed by the linebackers (No. 20), edge rushers (23) and interior line (31).
Even with Eric Weddle, I’m surprised the secondary is ranked that high after the way that unit played last season. And although they need more quality depth, with Corey Liuget anchoring that unit I’m also surprised by how low the interior defensive line ranks.
• Lindsay Jones of USA Today writes about Dwight Freeney’s return to the field this season after suffering a torn quad last season. Talking with Jones, Donald Butler had this to say about Freeney: “That man is built -- God blessed him -- to rush the passer. In terms of expectations, anything less than the old Dwight Freeney would very much surprise me. In my mind, I've got to cover for three seconds. Anything more than that, they should be getting to the quarterback.”
• Ricky Henne of Chargers.com previews the Chargers-Seahawks matchup.
• Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports talks with Magic Johnson, who says that Los Angeles will get a team in two years. There’s also video of a training camp fight between the Raiders and the Cowboys at the end of the article.