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  Chargers | Hunter Henry still hoping for extension    Sun May 24, 10:16 AM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said that he is 'fine' playing under the franchise tag for the 2020 season, although he would still like to agree to a long-term contract extension with the team. Henry said that contract talks have already taken place, although there have been no recent discussions.

Footballguys view: Henry has signed his tender, so he's under a one-year, $10.6 million contract for the 2020 season. He's incredibly talented but has trouble staying healthy. We'll see how his injury history plays into contract negotiations. The NFL deadline for players with franchise tags to sign long-term deals is July 15.

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  Chargers | Henry Henry among metric's elite    Sat May 23, 02:38 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry ranked seventh among all pass-catchers in 2019 with a plus-8.4 percent catch rate above expectation.

Footballguys view: Henry is an outstanding tight end and can make plays others can't. Injuries are his only concern as a pro. If Henry is healthy, he can easily be a top-5 fantasy tight end. Henry has a current ADP of TE8 (7.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Chris Harris Jr. dropping off a bit?    Wed May 20, 08:50 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. allowed 10.5 yards per target and a 61.7 completion percentage to receivers in his coverage as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The former mark was his highest since at least 2015 and the most surrendered by any defensive back targeted at least 60 times last season. The latter mark was a slight drop from 62.5 percent in 2018.

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  Chargers | Ryan Groy rejoins Chargers    Wed May 20, 04:36 PM

Free-agent OG Ryan Groy (Chargers) re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday, May 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | LAC considered adding Cam Newton    Mon May 18, 03:11 PM

Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) was considered by the Los Angeles Chargers, but head coach Anthony Lynn said the team is confident in QBs Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have a strong roster built on both sides of the ball, and they can win a lot of games with a quarterback like Tyrod Taylor. They'll see 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert work as a developmental quarterback and perhaps franchise quarterback for the future. Newton is waiting for a chance with a new team but he might have to wait until someone gets hurt in camp or the preseason.

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  Chargers | Rayshawn Jenkins may be starter in 2020    Sat May 16, 07:50 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins appears to be the leading candidate for the starting safety job opposite FS Derwin James, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey injury update    Wed May 13, 02:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers C Mike Pouncey (neck) said he has been cleared to play again after recovering from neck surgery. While still rehabbing the surgery, he is training normally and plans to be at full speed when players are allowed back on the field.

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  Chargers | Tyrod Taylor to start all season?    Tue May 12, 03:50 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor will hold onto the starting job for the entirety of the 2020 season, according to Michael Silver of NFL Network Tuesday, May 12.

Footballguys view: Taylor could certainly do just that to let 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert develop. We've seen Taylor start plenty of games in his NFL career. He's athletic, has a strong arm and will generally be careful with the ball. With the Chargers elite defense, that type of QB style could be enough to win a lot of games. In fact, don't be surprised if the Chargers make a run at a Wild Card spot in 2020. Herbert is clearly the future, but the team would have to struggle (Taylor specifically) for them to make a change right away.

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  Chargers | Austin Ekeler hard to handle last season    Mon May 11, 10:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler averaged a broken tackle on 25.8 percent of his 132 rush attempts in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The mark was the highest among all backs with at 100 carries.

Footballguys view: Ekeler doesn't break tackles with incredible power but instead gets through tackles with a low center of gravity and leg drive. He's tough to get a handle on and you can see that on film. The advanced data backs that up obviously.

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  Chargers | Kenneth Murray may start as rookie    Mon May 11, 06:47 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Kenneth Murray is expected to compete for a starting linebacker job during training camp.

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  Chargers | Defenses worried about Mike Williams    Sun May 10, 09:44 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams faced a double team on a league-high 7.8 percent of his routes in 2019.

Footballguys view: We'll see how the Chargers get Williams away from those double teams in 2020. The Chargers didn't add much on offense in terms of wide receivers this offseason. They did draft speedy rookie Joe Reed (Virginia) and run-after-the-catch specialist K.J. Hill (Ohio State) in the fifth and seventh rounds respectively. Those two are interesting deep dynasty prospects but we don't see them taking a lot of heat off of Williams...if ever but especially early on in their careers.

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  Chargers | Kenneth Murray to pile up tackles?    Fri May 8, 10:11 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Kenneth Murray is expected to play the same position that Washington Redskins LB Thomas Davis played for the team last year, and Thomas finished 2019 with 112 total tackles, including 65 solo stops.

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  Chargers | Three-man committee for Chargers in 2020?    Wed May 6, 10:11 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley are all expected to remain involved in the offense this season, according to comments made by office coordinator Shane Steichen.'All three of those guys are going to share the load. They all bring something unique,' Steichen said.

Footballguys view: Ekeler is the main back for the Chargers even if he doesn't get the most carries. What he does as a receiver and a runner makes him a RB1 for Fantasy GMs, standard or PPR leagues. Jackson is a slashing runner who we're interested in seeing get more time. Kelley is the attacking and most punishing runner of the group. The rookie from UCLA does not avoid contact but rather invites it and dares defenders to take him on. We'll see how he fits into this rotation, perhaps working primarily on short-yardage and goal-line situations in 2020.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams looking for big 2020 season    Wed May 6, 08:26 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams said he is looking to post 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Williams certainly has the talent to do just that. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers QB situation shakes out. They have seasoned veteran Tyrod Taylor as their starter but rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert is waiting in the wings. Taylor is safe with the football and may not take many chances with the ball down the field. That could negatively impact Williams' production in 2020.

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  Chargers | Derrick Gore bolsters backfield    Tue May 5, 03:52 PM

Free-agent RB Derrick Gore (Redskins) signed with the Los Angeles Chargers Tuesday, May 5. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry excited for QB change    Sun May 3, 10:23 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said he is excited to see what a more mobile quarterback can bring to the offense. 'There are so many different things that you can do with a mobile quarterback that can open your offense,' Henry said. 'I'm looking forward to seeing that aspect of our offense grow.'

Footballguys view: Henry and the passing game should be able to take advantage of defenses focused on stopping the run and a running quarterback. The tight end over the middle of the field will provide Tyrod Taylor with a security blanket he could use early and often. We all know Henry is supremely gifted as a tight end. He just needs to stay healthy to produce like a TE1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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  Chargers | Five UDFAs become Bolts    Thu Apr 30, 06:46 PM

Undrafted free-agent RB Darius Bradwell (Tulane), WR Jeff Cotton (Idaho), RB Bobby Holly (Louisiana Tech), RB Gabe Nabers (Florida State) and WR Dalton Schoen (Kansas State) officially signed three-year contracts with the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, April 30. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Chargers | Bolts' coach says Justin Herbert can do everything    Thu Apr 30, 01:41 PM

Los Angeles Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert was selected to be the team's franchise quarterback, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. When he'll begin that journey as a starter has yet to be determined. 'I don't want to put a timetable on this young man. ... Does he need a couple of years? Does he need one year? Maybe he doesn't need any at all. I don't know,' Lynn said. 'They're [Herbert and Tyrod Taylor] going to go in and they're going to compete. The best guy is going to play.' With the COVID19 shut down, Lynn acknowledges Herbert's development may be slowed without the on-field piece. 'I don't care how smart you are, until you get in there and get those reps, especially with a new offense and maybe doing some things differently than you've done in the past, like playing underneath the center, that's going to be harder if we don't have camps,' Lynn added. Lynn noted he thinks Herbert is able to do everything, saying Herbert is mobile, fast and has a strong arm.

Footballguys view: Herbert can do everything. He's got the build of a franchise quarterback and the arm to make all the throws required in the NFL. Herbert is risk averse and can be a bit robotic in decision making, and we'll see if he opens up a bit more in the pros.

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  Chargers | Tyrod Taylor expected to be QB1 for Bolts    Thu Apr 30, 12:53 PM

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn continues to emphasize confidence in veteran QB Tyrod Taylor, who is expected to earn the QB1 job for the Chargers to start the season. How long Taylor holds onto the starting role will largely be determined by the development of rookie QB Justin Herbert, a first-round selection.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Taylor has plenty of starting experience and can lead a quality team towards a playoff run in 2020. Herbert needs time to develop but he is clearly the quarterback of the future. If Taylor struggles to win or gets injured, then Herbert will get thrust into the starting lineup to take over. If Taylor is winning and healthy, Herbert will just have to develop and wait his turn.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams fifth-year picked up by L.A.     Thu Apr 30, 12:20 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have picked up the fifth-year option on WR Mike Williams, who is now under contract with the team through the 2021 season.

Footballguys view: Williams set career highs in catches (49) and yards (1,001) in 2019 but his touchdowns fell off big time from 10 in 2019 to just two scores last season. We'll see how he meshes with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback for the Chargers in 2020. Williams has big-play ability down the field as a deep target and could thrive when strong-armed rookie quarterback Justin Herbert takes over.

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  Chargers | Pep Hamilton back in the NFL    Wed Apr 29, 10:12 PM

Former DC Defenders head coach and general manager Pep Hamilton reportedly agreed to terms to become the new quarterbacks coach of the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday, April 29.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry unsure about new deal    Wed Apr 29, 06:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said he is not sure how close he is to a long-term contract with the Chargers. Henry said the two sides were close earlier in the offseason, but the talks were delayed.

Footballguys view: Henry has the franchise tag for 2020 but something can get done before the mid-July deadline. We don't expect anything to be official until that deadline, but you never know if the two sides are agreeable to a deal before then.

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  Chargers | Five UDFAs join Chargers    Sun Apr 26, 02:53 PM

Undrafted free-agent RB Darius Bradwell (Tulane), WR Jeff Cotton (Idaho), FB Bobby Holly (Louisiana Tech), FB Gabe Nabers (Florida State) and TE Jared Rice (Fresno State) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers Saturday, April 25. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Dalton Schoen to sign with LAC    Sat Apr 25, 07:19 PM

Undrafted free-agent WR Dalton Schoen (Kansas State) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers Saturday, April 25, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Joe Reed drafted by Bolts    Sat Apr 25, 02:23 PM

University of Virginia WR Joe Reed on Saturday, April 25, was selected in the fifth round (151st-overall pick) in the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers.

Footballguys view: Reed is a slot receiver with strength. He's not a threat deep and he has a tendency to find soft spots more than attack a defense.

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  Chargers | Kenneth Murray selected 23rd overall    Thu Apr 23, 11:03 PM

Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, April 23, with the 23rd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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  Chargers | Justin Herbert lands in lap of Bolts    Thu Apr 23, 09:03 PM

Oregon QB Justin Herbert was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, April 23, with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have their quarterback of the future. Herbert reminds some in the scouting community of Titans QB Ryan Tannehill because of his size and athleticism. He's a bit robotic as a decision maker and may sit behind Tyrod Taylor for some time as a rookie.

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  Chargers | Two re-sign with Bolts    Tue Apr 21, 05:06 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Isaac Rochell and OT Trent Scott signed their exclusive rights free-agent tenders Tuesday, April 21.

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  Chargers | Coach has confidence in Tyrod Taylor    Mon Apr 20, 03:16 PM

Los Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is not considered a bridge quarterback by head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn believes Taylor can be a good NFL starting quarterback.

Footballguys view: Taylor has already been a starter in the league and he's solid in that role. He's safe with the ball, sometimes to a fault but Taylor is not going to steer things off track as the starter. Some think the Chargers will draft a quarterback like Justin Herbert (Oregon) in the first round, but they could wait until the second round to get someone like Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma).

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  Chargers | Bolts thinking OT not QB?    Mon Apr 20, 08:47 AM

Georgia OT Andrew Thomas is an option for the Los Angeles Chargers at pick No. 6 in the first round of the NFL draft, according to MMQB's Peter King.

Footballguys view: Some have the Chargers going after a quarterback, but that may not be the case at No.6 overall. Instead, the team could wait and select Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft to groom as their quarterback of the future.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey still not cleared    Fri Apr 17, 08:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers C Mike Pouncey (neck) has not been medically cleared at this point, but general manager Tom Telesco said Pouncey is trending in the right direction for the 2020 season.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry officially signs tag    Thu Apr 16, 05:57 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry officially signed his franchise tag for the 2020 season Thursday, April 16.

Footballguys view: The tag gives him a one-year, $10.6 million contract. Henry is great when he's healthy, one of the best tight ends in the league, but he struggles to stay on the field due to injury. The team needs him as a security-blanket target for QB Tyrod Taylor in 2020.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry could be safety blanket for Tyrod Taylor    Thu Apr 16, 11:15 AM

With veteran QB Tyrod Taylor expected to be the Los Angeles Chargers QB1 entering the season, he may need to rely more on TE Hunter Henry according to Jeff Miller, of the LA Times, as he adjusts to being a starting quarterback again.

Footballguys view: Taylor has been a backup for the most part the past two seasons, throwing just seven passes in the regular season dating back to Week 4 of 2018. Henry missed four games with injury last season, but still had 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry wants to remain in LA long term    Wed Apr 15, 03:32 PM

The expectation is that the Los Angeles Chargers, per the LA Times' Jeff Miller, will eventually sign TE Hunter Henry to a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. Henry, as reported, signed his one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender recently, but he wants to be with the team long term and the feeling from the Chargers is mutual.

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  Chargers | No RB better through air than Austin Ekeler    Tue Apr 14, 11:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was credited with a receiving grade of 93.6 last season - just ahead of Christian McCaffrey (92.4) for the best mark by a running back, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Chargers | Storm Norton officially joins Bolts    Tue Apr 14, 05:01 PM

Updating a previous story, former XFL OT Storm Norton officially signed an undisclosed contract with the Los Angeles Chargers Tuesday, April 14.

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  Chargers | Donald Parham officially signs    Tue Apr 14, 03:01 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Donald Parham (Redskins) signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers Tuesday, April 14. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: We're watching Parham closely in super deep dynasty formats. Parham was undrafted out of Stetson College in 2019 and failed to stay with Washington. Instead, he was released then wound up in the XFL where he was a star while the league lasted. He's huge (6-feet, 8-inches) and has explosive traits. A patient team could develop him into a weapon...and that's why we are monitoring the young prospect.

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  Chargers | Jalen Hurts contacted by Chargers    Tue Apr 14, 10:14 AM

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts has been in contact with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Footballguys view: Hurts is seen as a mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor as their starter and some feel they'll be interested in a quarterback with their No.6 overall pick in the first round. However, the Chargers could pass on quarterback early then take Hurts in the second or third round. Hurts is tough and athletic, reminding our very own Matt Waldman of former Jaguars starter David Garrard.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry signs tender    Mon Apr 13, 04:52 PM

Los Angeles Chargers franchise free-agent TE Hunter Henry signed his one-year tender offer Monday, April 13, according to a source. He is scheduled to make around $10 million in 2020.

Footballguys view: Henry is a dangerous weapon when healthy, but he's struggled with various injuries during his pro career. He's never played a full 16-game season as a pro, and only made it through 12 games in 2019. If he ever is available for an entire season, Henry should produce at a top-tier level.

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  Chargers | Storm Norton joining Chargers    Fri Apr 10, 07:01 PM

Former XFL OT Storm Norton agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers Friday, April 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Austin Ekeler led in YPT    Fri Apr 10, 02:23 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler in 2019 led all running backs with an average of 6.9 yards per touch.

Footballguys view: Ekeler is dangerous in space and can make defenders look silly in the open field. With Melvin Gordon (Broncos) moving on in free agency, Ekeler gets a larger role with the Chargers for the 2020 season. He's a RB1 for Fantasy GMs, especially in PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Michael Davis deal is done    Thu Apr 9, 05:45 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers C Michael Davis' contract was finalized Thursday, April 9, by the NFL.

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  Chargers | Austin Ekeler converts    Wed Apr 8, 10:40 AM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had an 85.2 percent catch percentage last season, which was the best rate of anyone with 45 receptions.

Footballguys view: Ekeler can make plays happen with the ball in his hands. The Chargers rewarded him with a new contract this offseason and he's at the top of the depth chart with Melvin Gordon moving on to the Broncos in free agency. Ekeler is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey expected to be medically cleared    Wed Apr 1, 05:47 PM

Los Angeles Chargers C Mike Pouncey (neck) is expected to be medically cleared by the time football activities begin, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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  Chargers | Tyrod Taylor on track for starting job    Wed Apr 1, 05:37 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is considered the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job but a final decision has not been made, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have the No.6 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Taylor could be the starter for now, but if the team adds someone like Justin Herbert (Oregon) or Jordan Love (Utah State) then we could see them make a switch sometime in the 2020 season.

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  Chargers | Jordan Love meets with Bolts    Wed Apr 1, 01:12 PM

Utah State QB Jordan Love participated in a predraft video meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Chargers could be considering Love at No.6 overall. He's one of the most exciting quarterbacks in this draft class but could use some time to develop. The Chargers could add him and sit Love behind Tyrod Taylor until the rookie is ready to take over.

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  Chargers | LAC officially adds three veterans    Tue Mar 31, 07:08 PM

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr., OT Bryan Bulaga and LB Nick Vigil's contracts were approved by the NFL Tuesday, March 31.

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  Chargers | Linval Joseph is officially a Bolt    Tue Mar 31, 06:53 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers DT Linval Joseph's contract was finalized by the NFL Tuesday, March 31.

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  Chargers | Darius Jennings' deal finalized    Mon Mar 30, 10:30 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers WR Darius Jennings officially signed an undisclosed contract with the team Monday, March 30.

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  Chargers | Bolts met with Justin Herbert    Mon Mar 30, 01:13 PM

Oregon QB Justin Herbert has met with Los Angeles Chargers representation via video conference, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Monday, March 30.

Footballguys view: Herbert could be the pick for the Chargers with the No.6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. They have Tyrod Taylor as their starter but he may not be a long-term solution. There is a chance that Herbert isn't even on the board at that time.

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