Morning links: Verrett throws out first pitch

Good morning. I’ll be out on vacation, but the team page will be populated with some articles I’ve already written over the next week.

Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 has the details on San Diego Chargers rookie draft picks Jason Verrett, Jeremiah Attaochu and Chris Watt throwing out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game.

Check out the video. It’s not pretty, and shows that the trio should definitely stick to their day jobs. Verrett says that he plans to stay and San Diego and work on rehabbing his shoulder so he’s ready for training camp.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides five lessons learned about San Diego during offseason workouts. Henne says the Chargers have improved the overall speed on the roster this year.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego also offers some takeaways from San Diego’s offseason program. He points to linebacker Andrew Gachkar as a player that could help the Chargers in passing situations. I agree.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com lists Keenan Allen as one of 11 unstoppable players in the league.

Andrew Gribble of the Birmingham News writes that former Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain shed 15 pounds in an effort to find work on another NFL team.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated delves into TV’s power and influence over the NFL, with more fans choosing to watch games in the comfort of their homes.

Joel Corry of CBS Sports takes a closer look at how teams structure contracts and why it matters.

Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report breaks down the basics of a zone blitz.