It took a while for Los Angeles Chargers quarterback

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Philip Rivers to get used to his abbreviated preseason workload.Knowing that he would be limited to a few series Youth Mike Pouncey Jersey , Rivers struggled to resist the urge to create a big play where none existed."And then you throw an interception, and then it ruins the night. You're standing over there all day going, 'What in the world did I throw that ball for?'" Rivers said Thursday.Rivers will get to put that mindset to work when Los Angeles hosts Seattle on Saturday night in the Chargers' second preseason game, but LA head coach Anthony Lynn believes exhibition games still play an important role in player development and evaluation.In nearly a quarter-century as an NFL player and coach, Lynn has seen the change in how teams approach the preseason up close.He points to the introduction of the salary cap in 1994 as the root cause for the increased caution, citing the inability for teams to stockpile depth as they could before. The Chargers plan to hold out defensive end Joey Bosa, guard Forrest Lamp and wide receiver Tyrell Williams against the Seahawks because of injuries, and Lynn indicated he would be cautious with rookie linebacker Kyzir White, who is dealing with sore knees.Lynn did not share his opinion when asked if the preseason should be shortened from its current four-game slate, but said, "You have Hall of Famers that never would have been in this league if you shorten the preseason, so the argument goes both ways."Rivers has appeared in two preseason games in each of the last three years, attempting 12 passes in each of the last two Youth Denzel Perryman Jersey , and there is no reason to expect that will change.Instead, Rivers expects joint practices with New Orleans next week to be more valuable than the limited runout he will get against the Seahawks."Those are like stealing game reps even though you're not live as far as contact. You're getting to experience going against another defense, so it turns into pretty much a game setting," Rivers said.Still, he finds it hard to turn off his competitive instincts and save elements of the game plan for when it counts against Seattle."We play them in the regular season so you see things you want to run and then you go, 'Don't run it. Let's save it,'" Rivers said. "I'm sure it's the same for them on defense. It'll certainly be vanilla I would think from both sides, so it's just about executing and being efficient."An opportunity to get into the rhythm of the work week is what Rivers takes away from his first preseason action."For me, I like to do it not so much as it is preparing to go win the game but more so to get me into that in-season mode of preparing," Rivers said. "Watching the pressures, watching the third downs. Going through studying the game plan sheet we get, just to get back in that mode so you don't just try to turn it on in Week 1."Rivers is looking forward to working with new center Mike Pouncey in a competitive setting for the first time, as well as throwing passes to the tight ends looking to replace Hunter Henry http://www.authenticlosangeleschargers.com/cheap-caleb-sturgis-jersey , who is out for the season because of a knee injury.While he acknowledged it would be difficult to prepare for the coming year without some snaps in a preseason game, Rivers has no doubt tight end Antonio Gates could step right in after playing together for 14 seasons. However, Rivers did not know where the team's interest in bringing back the free-agent Gates stood."If I was into all the social media, I could have screenshot a couple and put them out there, but I got nothing new," Rivers said. "I don't know if they are still talking or not. Again, if he's here one of these days in the next three weeks, it would be great. I don't think it needs to be real soon. If there's one guy that would know what to do and would pick it up pretty quickly, it would be him." Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Marshawn Lynch to see more of the ball when the running back goes up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.Lynch only had 31 yards rushing on nine carries in last Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and Gruden is looking for bigger numbers at Wembley Stadium in London when the former Seahawk gets his first chance to play his old team.Problem is, Lynch isn't the only offensive threat on the 1-4 Raiders who is looking for more touches."We've got a lot of guys who need to see the ball more," Gruden said after arriving in the British capital following a nearly 11-hour flight. "We've done some good things offensively. But good is not good enough. We need to start playing great offensively. To do that we need to see more of Lynch. And we need to see a bit more of the ball going across the goal line, that's the big thing."Quarterback Derek Carr also said he "definitely" wants to hand off more often to Lynch. He had 20 carries for 130 yards the previous week in the Raiders' only win against the Cleveland Browns."We want to be 100 percent balanced every time," Carr said. "That kind of balance is good for our football team. It's good me Color Rush Melvin Gordon Jersey , it's good for him (Lynch), it's good for our offensive line."That balance also includes figuring out how to spread the ball around more evenly between Carr's top receivers, who have taken turns putting up big numbers in different games.Wide receiver Amari Cooper has been the most inconsistent, with two 100-yard outings mixed with a total of four catches for 36 yards in the other three games combined. Against the Chargers, he finished with one catch for 10 yards and was only targeted once.However, quarterback Derek Carr insisted that stat was a bit misleading."When I look at targets, I don't look at it as I only looked his way one time," Carr said. "There was definitely multiple times I was looking his way. But they just didn't end up working out."Cooper is only the team's third leading receiver this season, behind tight end Jared Cook and former Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson.The two-time Pro Bowler said he's happy sharing the load, but also wants to see all of the team's top threats putting it together at the same time."We have a lot of guys with ability. A lot of guys who can go off and kind of take over a game, and that's a good thing," Cooper said. "We'd like to do it a bit more collectively, as a group. That would be better Color Rush Jahleel Addae Jersey , and give us our best shot of winning."Lynch, who spent six seasons with Seattle (2-3) and helped the team win the Super Bowl in the 2013 season, was not among the five players who spoke to media at their hotel next to Wembley on Friday. But there's no doubt he'll be the main focus when the game kicks off on Sunday."He's had a lot to do with the Super Bowl ring that the Seahawks wear," Gruden said. "He was the heart and soul of that team. In a lot of ways he's the heart and soul of the Raiders right now. He's still running with that incredible physicality. He's been durable, he's practiced every day."Behind the scenes, he's one of our leaders. He's a bit misunderstood by a lot of people. But believe me, if you were coaching a football team, I think he'd be one of the first guys you'd want on your team."

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