Ryan Mathews is tired of the pressure he put on himself to be the next LaDainian Tomlinson, so he promises to relax this season and be himself. And if he stays healthy? 'I think I can be a top-five back,' he said.
Justin Tuck used to be on the list of elite pass rushers. Now he tops Pete Prisco's annual list of overrated players. As for underrated? Prisco says Broncos nickel corner Chris Harris is worth every penny.
Manti Te'o wasn't a first-round pick, but that doesn't mean the football gods weren't looking out for him. That's the thinking, anyway; the Chargers took Te'o 38th overall, which means that the former Notre Dame standout will begin his NFL career in Southern California, close to his Hawaii home, in one of the league's most laid-back markets.
Chargers coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith are expected to be fired sometime next week, so Sunday's game against the Raiders will likely be their curtain call. On the field, San Diego will try to stop mobile Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor, who will be making his first NFL start.