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  Chargers | Branden Oliver may return kicks    Sun Feb 19, 03:01 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver should receive a chance to compete for the kick returner job next season if he remains on the roster.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin could be returner    Sun Feb 19, 02:55 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin could be used as a punt returner next season. Benjamin was the punt returner during the early part of 2016 but struggled with his decision making and was replaced.

Footballguys view: Benjamin has the speed to make field-flipping plays as a return man. He'll be given another look at the return position. Fantasy owners who get points for return yards or at least return touchdowns need to keep this in mind.

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  Chargers | King Dunlap arrested    Fri Feb 17, 10:30 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT King Dunlap was arrested for violating an order of protection Thursday, Feb. 16 He was released Friday, Feb. 17, and is scheduled for a court appearance March 7.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon can do better    Thu Feb 16, 04:34 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon can take his game to another level, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn said he's going to work with Gordon in an effort to make him better as a runner. 'When I look at the tape, I say, 'Oh my goodness, we can help him get better here and here.' And he's already good, but there's more yards [to be gained],' Lynn said. Lynn was a running back himself in the NFL and believes his experience and insight can help Gordon achieve his full potential.

Footballguys view: We'd like to see that, but as the saying goes "you can't produce from the trainer's table." Gordon has missed games both of his first two seasons and that isn't helping his development. Hopefully the Chargers can help him remain healthy so he can reach his potential.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett's option should be exercised    Mon Feb 13, 06:59 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett likely will have his fifth-year option exercised this offseason.

Footballguys view: Verrett has yet to play a full 16-game season since the team selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He appeared in four games last year, and his season was cut short due to a knee injury that required surgery (left ACL). When healthy, Verrett has the ability to shut down some of the best receivers in the game.

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  Chargers | Richard Smith joins Chargers    Mon Feb 13, 02:36 PM

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith was hired as linebackers coach by the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, Feb. 13.

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  Chargers | King Dunlap may need to rework deal    Sat Feb 11, 04:48 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT King Dunlap may need to restructure his contract if he wants to remain with the Chargers. The team would save $4.875 million in salary cap space if they release Dunlap before March 18.

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  Chargers | D.J. Fluker's status in question    Sat Feb 11, 04:44 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OG D.J. Fluker may be released this offseason because the team would save $8.8 million in salary cap space.

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  Chargers | Brandon Flowers not expected back    Sat Feb 11, 04:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) is expected to be released this offseason because he has suffered four concussions over the last three season and his future is uncertain. The team would create $7 million in salary cap space if they released Flowers.

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  Chargers | Richard Smith talks with Chargers    Fri Feb 10, 04:41 PM

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith has interviewed for the Los Angeles Chargers linebackers coaching position.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers on top of dubious list    Thu Feb 9, 08:42 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers has the most touchdowns of any quarterback in NFL history that has never appeared in a Super Bowl. He's thrown 314 touchdown passes, placing him in first on the list, with former NFL QB Warren Moon closest behind with 291. Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is third, having recorded 285 passing touchdowns, while former NFL QB Vinny Testaverde is fourth with 275.

Footballguys view: Rivers has the sort of career that should get Hall of Fame contention, but likely won't if he doesn't end up in a Super Bowl and even that might do it. Last season was very rough for the quarterback, and a new coach and staff is going to have its work cut out for them to get him back on track and cut down on the turnovers which plagued him in the second half of the season.

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  Chargers | Two hired by Chargers    Wed Feb 8, 10:19 AM

Former Buffalo Bills defensive assistant D'Anton Lynn and former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive quality control coach Dan Shamash were hired by the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday, Feb. 8. Lynn was named as defensive assistant, and Shamash was hired as offensive quality control coach.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa honored    Sun Feb 5, 09:39 AM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa has been named the 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He accumulated 10.5 sacks in just 12 games, with 41 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits.

Footballguys view: This all despite an ugly holdout that was supposedly going to leave Bosa unprepared to make an immediate impact. He is well on his way to being one of the premier defensive players in the league if he isn't already. Many of his rookie year pressure numbers were unprecedented for a first-year player.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin had knee surgery    Tue Jan 31, 06:55 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week to repair a Grade 2 posterior cruciate ligament sprain. Benjamin had been dealing with the sprain for several weeks. A timetable for his recovery was not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Benjamin played through the injury and even got some of his speed back, but the surgery is probably good news for his long term prognosis. His toughness can't be questioned and if the Chargers can put him, Tyrell Williams, and Keenan Allen on the field together next year, they could have lethal passing attack around Philip Rivers.

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  Chargers | Chargers seek to bring back Danny Woodhead    Tue Jan 31, 01:04 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers are hoping to re-sign RB Danny Woodhead (knee) this offseason. Woodhead is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Footballguys view: Woodhead looked as good as ever before tearing his ACL early in the season. He just turned 32, but doesn't seem to be slowing down. We'll see if that still holds true after he returns from reconstructive knee surgery. For now, it looks like he's still part of the renaissance of 30+ year old running backs in the NFL.

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  Chargers | George Stewart joins Chargers staff    Mon Jan 30, 06:06 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have hired former Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart as their new special teams coach, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Stewart played a large role in the development of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in Minnesota, although Cordarrelle Patterson's development was much slower. He was a special teams coordinator for 11 years previously, including 1996 in San Francisco, when new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was a special teams player for the 49ers.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon has PCL sprain    Mon Jan 30, 08:14 AM

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) missed the final three games of the season and sat out of the Pro Bowl due to a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

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  Chargers | Casey Heyward tracked No. 1 WRs in 2016    Sun Jan 29, 01:55 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Casey Hayward (241) trailed only Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (259) for the most coverage snaps following No. 1 receivers in 2016.

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  Chargers | Gus Bradley agrees to run Bolts' defense    Fri Jan 20, 10:33 PM

Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was named as the new defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday, Jan. 20.

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  Chargers | Alfredo Roberts to join Chargers staff    Fri Jan 20, 06:25 PM

Former Indianapolis Colts assistant coach Alfredo Roberts will join the Los Angeles Chargers as their running backs coach, according to a source.

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  Chargers | Two wideouts sign deals    Fri Jan 20, 12:25 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers signed WR Da'Ron Brown and WR Jamaal Jones to Reserve/Future contracts on Thursday, Jan. 19.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon excited about new coach    Thu Jan 19, 02:51 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he is happy that the team hired head coach Anthony Lynn because of Lynn's success as a running backs coach for many years. 'He obviously knows the game, so if he sees some wrinkles, I've got another set of eyes. Everyone's got some holes in their game, and he'll bring some wisdom to help get my game right when I need it. I've got someone who has been around the game for so long and coached some of the league's best players. He'll know how to help me. He's perfect for me, so I'm excited to get this thing rolling under him,' Gordon said.

Footballguys view: Lynn really got LeSean McCoy on the right track, and could mean good things for Gordon once the Chargers back gets healthy again. We'll be waiting to see how Gordon looks in the spring but we're cautiously optimistic.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers denies trade request    Wed Jan 18, 12:52 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers refuted reports Tuesday, Jan. 17, that claimed he asked for a trade or wanted to be dealt, specifically to the San Francisco 49ers.

Footballguys view: On Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Rivers admitted that he's 'warming up' to the idea of playing in Los Angeles. He's all about the team, and we doubt he'll ask for a trade even if moving cities is not ideal. Rivers has a no-trade clause in his contract.

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  Chargers | Chargers could move on from Brandon Flowers    Tue Jan 17, 11:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Brandon Flowers isn't expected to be brought back by the club next year.

Footballguys view: The Chargers would save $9 million in cash by letting go of Flowers this offseason, plus they have improved depth at the position, making him expendable. In addition, this is a strong class of cornerbacks entering the league via the 2017 NFL draft. Flowers missed the final six games of 2016 with a concussion and has to be considering his future in the pros.

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  Chargers | Gus Bradley talking with Chargers    Tue Jan 17, 03:57 PM

Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley will interview again for Los Angeles Chargers' vacant defensive coordinator position Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Footballguys view: Bradley would be an interesting fit for the Chargers. It would be intriguing to see him get his hands on DE Joey Bosa. There are some around the NFL who believe Bosa could be one of the best defenders in the league, and what we saw in 2016 could just be the tip of the iceberg.

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  Chargers | Ken Whisenhunt staying with Chargers    Tue Jan 17, 03:47 PM

Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be retained by new head coach Anthony Lynn.

Footballguys view: The offense will have continuity with Whisenhunt staying on board. That's good news for Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon. It's even better news for this offense with WR Keenan Allen set to come back healthy in 2017.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead ahead of schedule    Tue Jan 17, 03:29 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) is six weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Chargers here. Woodhead is one of the most versatile players in the league, and he's a dangerous weapon for defenses to contend with. Fantasy owners know what to expect from him, even as a change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon. In PPR leagues, Woodhead has RB2 upside each week because of his role in the offense.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver should return    Tue Jan 17, 10:43 AM

Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') has a good chance to return to the team.

Footballguys view: The Chargers could place a low-round tender on Oliver, and they'd likely be able to keep him at that price. When healthy, Oliver could work as a change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon. With Danny Woodhead set to be a free agent, the Chargers need a backup plan.

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  Chargers | Pat Meyer joins Chargers staff    Sun Jan 15, 02:26 PM

Former Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Pat Meyer will join the Los Angeles Chargers coaching staff as the offensive line coach, according to a source.

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  Chargers | Three coaches remaining with Chargers    Fri Jan 13, 07:25 PM

Los Angeles Chargers defensive line coach Giff Smith, defensive backs coach Ron Milus and assistant defensive backs coach Chris Harris will remain on the coaching staff under head coach Anthony Lynn.

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  Chargers | Gus Bradley to interview with Bolts    Fri Jan 13, 10:05 AM

Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley will interview for the Los Angeles Chargers' defensive coordinator position.

Footballguys view: Bradley is a favorite of new LA Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. He was expected to join Lynn no matter where he wound up.

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  Chargers | Anthony Lynn agrees with Chargers    Fri Jan 13, 09:29 AM

Former Buffalo Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn was hired by the Los Angeles Chargers Friday, Jan. 13, and agreed to a four-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Chargers | San Diego hiring Anthony Lynn as HC    Thu Jan 12, 09:04 PM

The San Diego Chargers are finalizing a deal to make Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn their head coach Thursday, Jan. 12.

Footballguys view: Lynn is an interesting hire, as he did a fairly good job with the mess that was the Buffalo offense. Philip Rivers is in need of a tuneup again, and turned over the ball way too often at the end of this year. There's talent in the soon-to-be-LA Chargers, and they hope Lynn is finally the guy to pull it all together.

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  Chargers | Anthony Lynn to meet with Bolts again    Thu Jan 12, 09:39 AM

Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn is scheduled for a second interview with the San Diego Chargers about their head coaching vacancy, according to sources.

Footballguys view: A lot of media people thought he was a shoo-in for the Bills job, but that didn't happen. The offense wasn't the whole issue in Buffalo last year and he did a good job with it. He might be a solid fit for the soon-to-be-LA Chargers, who once again have to find a way to pull Philip Rivers back from the abyss after a down year, with too many late-season interceptions.

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  Chargers | Vance Joseph will meet with Chargers    Tue Jan 10, 06:30 PM

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will meet with the San Diego Chargers Wednesday, Jan. 11, after meeting with the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Footballguys view: If he gets out of Denver that is. Joseph was once thought of as the Broncos top target and that it was his job to lose. After Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan blew them away with his interview last week, the Broncos may be leaning in a different direction.

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  Chargers | Mike Bercovici back with Chargers    Tue Jan 10, 06:15 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Mike Bercovici was re-signed to a Reserve/Future deal Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Footballguys view: We're monitoring Bercovici in super deep dynasty leagues. Bercovici maneuvers in the pocket well and can make every throw required in the NFL. He likes to be aggressive as a passer, and that can be a double-edged sword at times.

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  Chargers | Dave Toub talks with San Diego    Mon Jan 9, 07:55 PM

Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub interviewed for the San Diego Chargers head coaching position Sunday, Jan. 8.

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  Chargers | Anthony Lynn meeting with Chargers     Mon Jan 9, 03:31 PM

Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn is interviewing for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Monday, Jan.9.

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  Chargers | Teryl Austin interviewing Tuesday    Sun Jan 8, 10:27 PM

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the open head coaching position with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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  Chargers | San Diego interested in Anthony Lynn    Sun Jan 8, 12:51 AM

The San Diego Chargers have contacted Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn about their head coaching vacancy, according to sources.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead eyeing return    Fri Jan 6, 11:56 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) said he isn't concerned about his knee injury and expects to be the same productive player when he returns.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should expect that as well. In PPR formats, Woodhead has RB2 upside as a starter every week. We'll be monitoring his recovery closely as the year goes on.

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  Chargers | San Diego to interview Sean McDermott    Thu Jan 5, 10:48 PM

The San Diego Chargers will interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for their vacant head coaching position Friday, Jan. 6.

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  Chargers | Mike Smith interviews with Chargers    Thu Jan 5, 06:23 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Thursday, Jan. 5.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers under the radar     Wed Jan 4, 06:54 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers achieved one of the most underappreciated seasons of the year, throwing for 4,390 yards and 33 touchdowns -- ranked fifth and fourth, respectively, among quarterbacks.

Footballguys view: The Chargers didn't make it into the postseason and they fired their head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers was one of the lone bright spots (along with Melvin Gordon) as the offense had to continue working through multiple injuries to key players. McCoy won't be back in 2017, but Rivers will be and there's little sign of him slowing down.

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  Chargers | Six players ink futures deals    Tue Jan 3, 11:02 PM

The San Diego Chargers have signed OL Brett Boyko, CB Randall Evans, CB Mike Lee, LB Chris McCain, S Adrian McDonald, and TE Jake McGee to Reserve/Futures contracts.

Footballguys view: McGee has incredible hands and can adjust to poorly thrown passes with ease. He's not going to run away from any defender, and he needs to work on better ways to get open but McGee is a prospect we're monitoring in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Chargers | San Diego to interview Mike Smith    Tue Jan 3, 08:08 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith is expected to interview for the San Diego Chargers' open head coaching position, according to a source.

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  Chargers | Matt Patricia to interview with Chargers    Tue Jan 3, 02:08 PM

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will interview with the San Diego Chargers this weekend for their vacant head coaching position, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Patricia has been the top defensive coach for the Patriots since 2012. Like all coordinators with Bill Belichick, Patricia is going to get interest from teams in need of some of that Patriots magic. The Rams are also interested in Patricia according to reports.

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  Chargers | Dave Toub interview requested by Bolts    Tue Jan 3, 10:41 AM

Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub has been requested for an interview by the San Diego Chargers for their head coaching vacancy.

Footballguys view: Considered one of the best special teams coordinators in the league, Toub has been a head coaching candidate in the past. The Chiefs have a bye this week, and Toub may get a few interviews during this process.

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  Chargers | Mike McCoy dismissed by Bolts    Sun Jan 1, 10:13 PM

The San Diego Chargers announced Sunday, Jan. 1, that head coach Mike McCoy will not return for the 2017 season. McCoy posted a 28-38 record in four seasons, including a 1-1 record in the playoffs.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin inactive    Sun Jan 1, 03:29 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin has been declared inactive for the team's Week 17 game.

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