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San Diego Chargers 2014 Training Camp Preview

By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) -

REPORT DATE: July 23

SITE: Chargers Park, San Diego, CA

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: The biggest question in San Diego could be the effect of losing offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who moved on to become the head coach of Tennessee.

Quarterback Philip Rivers had quite the resurgence under Whisenhunt's tutelage and it will be interesting to see how things unfold now that Jim Kelly's former backup in Buffalo -- Frank Reich -- was promoted from QB coach to offensive coordinator.

One development that will certainly help Rivers is the fact that lengthy, proven receiver Malcom Floyd has been cleared to return from a career- threatening neck injury suffered in Philadelphia early last season.

KEY OFFENSIVE ACQUISITION: The Bolts didn't add all that much to their offense but Kellen Clemens did arrive from St. Louis to backup Rivers after Charlie Whitehurst followed Whisenhunt to the Titans.

Rivers has proven to be quite durable over the years but getting an established veteran presence at backup QB is always prudent in today's NFL.

KEY DEFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers was brought in after being cut loose by division-rival Kansas City.

Flowers posted 68 tackles, one sack and one interception over 13 games for the Chiefs in 2013, his sixth in Kansas City but often struggled in man coverage, something the Chiefs started leaning to more and more under defensive chief Bob Sutton. The Chargers, however, play more of a zone concept and that suits Flowers' talents very well.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):

Aug 7 - vs. Dallas, 10:00 PM Aug 15 - at Seattle, 10:00 PM Aug 24 - at San Francisco, 4:00 PM Aug 28 - vs. Arizona, 10:00 PM

07/17 16:00:24 ET

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