If the San Diego Chargers stretch out the measuring tape on Philip Rivers, they're likely to find their third-year quarterback hasn't grown even a millimeter since he checked in at precisely 6-foot-5 for the NFL scouting combine workouts at Indianapolis two years ago.
Which isn't to say that Rivers doesn't feel a whole lot taller these days.
"It's hard to put into words, because it really is a feeling more than anything else, but, yeah, I think you do carry yourself a little different when you're the starter," said Rivers, who officially assumes the top rung on the quarterback depth chart Monday morning, when the Chargers commence their organized team activities (OTAs, in league-speak shorthand) sessions. "You walk into the weight room and, whether it's true or not, you feel like all eyes are on you, that everyone is watching for you to take the lead and set the tone. That's something that I had been accustomed to for a long time, and the last two years, I missed it. It's like a part of my game was missing. It's like a part of me was missing."