Studs: QB Phillip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews (rookie), WR Malcolm Floyd, TE A. Gates

Duds: WR Vincent Jackson

Sleepers: RB Darren Sproles, WR Legedu Naanee

X-Factor: Will WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeil holdouts ever end?

Synopsis: The troubling storyline entering the season remains the ugly, lengthy holdouts by All Pros, WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeil. Both have threatened to sit out the entire season, which is bad news for QB Philip Rivers who is in danger of losing his favorite target and the man who protects his blind side. First round pick RB Ryan Mathews was drafted to replace LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets) and backup RB Darren Sproles may be called upon to play a larger role in the passing attack with the absence of Jackson. Look for WR Malcom

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