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Philip Rivers gives fiery pep talk at NC State

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning.

Visiting his alma mater for the first time in years, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers gave a fiery pep talk to players at North Carolina State before that school's spring football game this week.

Check out the video.

Rivers told the Charlotte News and Observer that he was on the East Coast with his family for spring break in Florida and could not resist the chance to visit his former school for the annual football reunion.

An animated Rivers talked to North Carolina State players about the importance of always supporting their teammates, and playing hard, tough and together.

Rivers joked that he wanted to go out there on the field against the Wolf Pack defense.

“I wish I could suit up today and get after some of y’all on defense,” Rivers said. “I’d wear y’all out.”

My take: Rivers has a special ability to motivate and inspire others. It’s cool to see him making an impact at his former school.

Mark Sessler of NFL.com ranks all the AFC teams heading into the draft. And it’s no surprise that the Chargers are near the bottom of the conference, along with the Tennessee Titans, the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins.

My take: The Chargers made some productive moves in free agency, and Philip Rivers gives San Diego a chance to compete for an AFC West crown. Still, a lot has to go right for San Diego to realistically make a playoff run.

Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that University of Memphis product Paxton Lynch had a pre-draft visit with the Chargers on Saturday.

My take: Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt attended Lynch’s Pro Day on Wednesday, so San Diego appears serious about finding a future replacement for Rivers.

Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune talks to Chargers safety Jahleel Addae in this audio link. With Eric Weddle gone, Addae says 2016 is a big year in terms of his NFL career.

My take: Addae has been groomed as the eventual replacement for Weddle in the back end of San Diego’s defense. So I’m interested to see how he performs with Weddle gone.