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  Chargers | Mike Williams denies surgery talk    Sat Jul 22, 09:33 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) denied reports that he could need season-ending back surgery. 'I'm good,' Williams said Saturday, July 22. 'Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released. I don't know who released it but everything is good.'

Footballguys view: We will believe Williams is healthy when we see it. Even if he is cleared and plays in the preseason, disc herniation is a potentially recurring issue that can pop up again during the season. Williams will need a great preseason to jump Travis Benjamin or Tyrell Williams on the depth chart and is only a speculative late round pick right now.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon stayed busy in 2016    Sat Jul 22, 01:11 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon accepted 213 of the 234 carries handed out to running backs from Week 3 through 13 after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season in Week 2 and before Gordon got hurt early in Week 14.

Footballguys view: The Chargers don't have a strong complement to Gordon, so he should have a huge workload again this year. If Branden Oliver is over his achilles, he could have a smaller version of the role Woodhead had last year before getting hurt, but there is no clear handcuff to Gordon in Chargers backfield.

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  Chargers | Surgery off table for Mike Williams for now    Wed Jul 19, 05:28 PM

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams' (back) back injury is improving, and surgery for Williams is not on the table at this time, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Surgery may or may not be in the future for Williams, but one thing is clear -- the rookie first-rounder is way behind his teammates after missing offseason work. Williams seems to be on the track as other rookie WRs in recent years (Josh Doctson, Breshad Perriman, Kevin White) who didn't contribute much if at all in their first season.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams starting to run    Wed Jul 19, 04:32 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) started to run this week and is feeling better after receiving an epidural in his back, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The epidural was the second one Williams has received in an effort to get him ready. He is expected to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams may need season-ending surgery    Wed Jul 19, 04:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) may need to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, according to sources. He recently received a second epidural in his back to see if he could return at some point during training camp, but the team are preparing as if he will not be able to return during that time frame. The team is still hoping that Williams will be able to avoid surgery.

Footballguys view: There are conflicting reports about whether or not surgery is needed. Either way, things aren't looking great for the top-10 pick. Williams has missed the offseason work for the Chargers and he's way behind his teammates. They'll be solid at the position even if Williams misses significant time. The Chargers are getting Keenan Allen back healthy this year, plus they've got guys like Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams to make plays in the passing game...and oh yeah, TEs Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates.

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  Chargers | Bolts TEs did not lack for work inside 20    Tue Jul 11, 10:22 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TEs Antonio Gates (18) and Hunter Henry (16) ranked second and in a tie for third, respectively, in the league among tight ends in red zone targets. Both Gates and Henry were tied for second among all tight ends with seven targets inside the 10.

Footballguys view: With Mike McCoy gone to the Broncos (AJ Derby note here), we'll be curious to see how things shake out for the Chargers TEs in 2017. Henry is getting drafted at TE10 (9.06) right now.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry the total package    Sat Jul 8, 11:24 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry's has rare awareness and ball skills and is poised for a long career, according to tight ends coach John McNulty. 'You don't have to spell everything out A-Z for him,' McNulty said. 'He can catch the ball that gets in on him fast, and he makes the contested catches with big, strong hands.'

Footballguys view: Henry isn't the most physically talented tight end and he'll share with Antonio Gates this year, but he could eventually be a Jason Witten type for the Chargers. He has more value in dynasty than redraft for now.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams in select company in '16    Thu Jul 6, 08:37 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams was one of eight wide receivers in the NFL last year with at least 19 catches of 20 yards or more. The other seven were New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.

Footballguys view: Williams was playing through a shoulder injury for the last third of the season, too. The return of Keenan Allen should cut into his opportunity, but fantasy drafters have overreacted to this additional factor, often allowing Williams to fall into the double digits.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams had knack for big plays    Sun Jul 2, 09:20 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams' ranked fifth in the NFL with 13 catches of 25 yards or more last season, and he was one of eight receivers with at least 19 catches of 20 yards or more.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin at full strength    Sun Jul 2, 09:06 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) is fully healthy heading into training after having knee surgery at the end of last season.

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  Chargers | Tre Boston pushing for starting job    Tue Jun 27, 02:27 PM

Los Angeles Chargers SS Tre Boston is pushing FS Dwight Lowery for the starting free safety job, according to defensive backs coach Ron Milus.

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  Chargers | Jahleel Addae can work at either safety spot    Tue Jun 27, 02:18 PM

Los Angeles Chargers SS Jahleel Addae can line up at either free safety or strong safety this season, according to defensive backs coach Ron Milus. Milus said Addae will see a lot of time in the box and believes he can record at least 100 tackles.

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  Chargers | LAC kicker split time this offseason    Sun Jun 25, 04:58 PM

Los Angeles Chargers PKs Josh Lambo and Younghoe Koo split repetitions during offseason workouts and will compete for the kicker job during training camp.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett may be ready for camp    Wed Jun 21, 06:34 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) hopefully will be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: When healthy, Verrett can be a dangerous corner. The Chargers are a sleeper team in the toughest division in football.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin as fast as ever    Sun Jun 18, 09:21 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin's vertical speed is a 'game changer' for the offense, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said he wants Benjamin to return punts this season.

Footballguys view: Benjamin has the speed to take the top off the defense. If healthy, he can be a favorite deep target for QB Philip Rivers. Benjamin partially tore his PCL in 2016 and played through the injury. In January, he had surgery to repair the injury. Fantasy owners should watch to see if Benjamin can produce in a cramped WR corps with the Chargers. As the no4 WR on the depth chart, Benjamin is unlikely to be much of a fantasy factor in 2017.

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  Chargers | Nick Dzubnar healthy    Sun Jun 18, 04:15 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Nick Dzubnar (knee) said he is completely recovered from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last season.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams could be back for camp    Fri Jun 16, 09:44 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) said he has been logging mental reps while recovering from a back injury, and head coach Anthony Lynn said the hope is that Williams can return for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: It's going to be around two months since Williams back injury at the start of camp. He will likely be eased back into action once he's available to practice. He's got the size/wingspan to at least be a red-zone threat for the Chargers as a rookie.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers not close to retiring    Wed Jun 14, 08:11 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he believes he can play a few more seasons before he considers retirement.

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  Chargers | Melvin Ingram signs four-year deal    Sun Jun 11, 05:38 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Melvin Ingram signed a new four-year contract Sunday, June 11, worth $66 million, according to a source. The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: The two sides had up to July 15th to make a new deal happen, and they got this done a month before the deadline for franchise-tagged players. Ingram is going to continue to combine with Joey Bosa to provide the Chargers with great rushers on the edge. He'll move from outside linebacker to "Leo" rusher in Gus Bradley's new 4-3 defense in 2017.

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  Chargers | Melvin Ingram still in contract talks    Sun Jun 11, 02:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is still in contract talks with the team, as he is one of two franchise-tag players yet to sign their tender. ESPN reporter Eric Williams believes Ingram will play under the tag rather than sign a new deal.

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  Chargers | Chris McCain limps off    Wed Jun 7, 06:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Chris McCain (undisclosed) limped off the field Tuesday, June 6, after suffering an undisclosed injury during practice. McCain has been working with the first-team defense during offseason workouts since franchise free-agent LB Melvin Ingram has stayed away from the workouts.

Footballguys view: McCain has seemed like a natural fit at the important LEO rush end position in Gus Bradley's defense. If he is out for an extended period, it could hurt the Chargers negotiating leverage with Ingram.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams out for offseason program    Tue Jun 6, 04:54 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the remainder of the offseason program as he recovers from a disc injury in his back, according to a source.

Footballguys view: That's a huge disappointment, but at least he'll be back in time for camp. They may handle him with kid gloves, though, and even if they don't the missed time is likely to hinder his development during his rookie year. While a decent dynasty pick and a good rookie pick, we expect his numbers to be limited this season. On top of that, given how often Keenan Allen is hurt, and the fact that Williams was brought in to mitigate that, it can't make the Chargers happy he's banged up.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams done for the spring    Tue Jun 6, 01:22 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the final two weeks of the offseason program as he continues to deal with a mild disc herniation in his lower back.

Footballguys view: We expect Williams back for camp, but his injury will set back his progress. Rookie receivers are risky and struggle to adjust at times. Missing everything until camp will hurt his progress and keeps us cool on him right now.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin saw numbers drop in '16    Tue Jun 6, 12:48 AM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin saw his numbers drop across the board in 2016 in his first year with the club. In his final season in Cleveland in 2015, Benjamin registered 68 catches on 125 targets for 966 yards and five touchdowns, while playing in all 16 games. Last year, though, Benjamin managed to suit up in 14 games, en route to notching 47 receptions on 75 targets for 677 yards and four touchdowns.

Footballguys view: Benjamin started the 2016 season off with a pair of 100-yard games during the first five weeks of the season. After that, a PCL injury slowed him down and he played through the injury but didn't produce at the expected level. He had arthroscopic surgery in February and should be ready for training camp.

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  Chargers | Michael Lee let go    Fri Jun 2, 02:48 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Michael Lee was waived Friday, June 2.

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  Chargers | Dan Feeney gets his deal done    Fri Jun 2, 02:42 PM

Los Angeles Chargers third-round OG Dan Feeney signed his four-year rookie contract on Friday, June 2. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Melvin Ingram could sit out    Wed May 31, 04:33 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Melvin Ingram could skip the remaining organized team activities and the upcoming minicamp because he still has not signed his franchise tender, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Like all franchise-tagged players, there is a July 15th deadline to get a long-term deal done. Ingram could also skip the start of training camp if he does not receive a long-term deal.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry set to become 'main' tight end    Tue May 30, 12:16 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry is expected to move into the role of team's main tight end, while veteran TE Antonio Gates will transition into more of a third-down, red zone role, according to ESPN's Eric D Williams.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have been grooming Henry to be that guy, and it sounds like the transition will happen this year. His catches and yardage could increase from what he posted as a rookie in 2016 (36 catches, 482 yards) but his touchdowns might not take a similar leap. Gates could still be a force in the red zone for the Chargers.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver impressive in OTAs    Wed May 24, 11:17 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver has caught the attention of QB Philip Rivers this spring.

Footballguys view: Oliver hurt his Achilles' last August and missed the 2016 season. It sounds like he's back to full strength as Rivers was raving about him in OTAs. Oliver will compete with guys like Kenneth Farrow and Kenjon Barner to be the change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams falling behind    Wed May 24, 10:25 AM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is falling behind, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, who'd like to see him back on the field next week. 'If he wasn't a rookie it would be different,' Lynn said. 'But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field.'

Footballguys view: Williams injured his back in the first practice of rookie minicamp and has been out ever since. Lynn is just being honest when he comments on the rookie WR falling behind. Williams is a dynamic player and can make crazy catches that others just dream of. He's not fast or a savvy route-runner and could be using this time to establish chemistry with QB Philip Rivers. Williams reminded many in the scouting community of Plaxico Burress because of his size, wingspan and 'my ball' mentality.

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  Chargers | Three Chargers competing for No. 3 CB job    Mon May 22, 08:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CBs Craig Mager, Trovon Reed and Trevor Williams are expected to compete for the No. 3 cornerback job during training camp. Reed may have an advantage in the competition because he has a good understanding of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme since he played for the Seattle Seahawks.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin expected to be returner    Mon May 22, 07:47 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers plan to use WR Travis Benjamin as a punt returner in 2017.

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  Chargers | Geremy Davis trying to expand game    Sun May 21, 09:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Geremy Davis said his biggest strength is his size, but he is trying to improve his yards after catch and his run blocking in order to secure a roster spot.

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  Chargers | Dontrelle Inman undergoes surgery    Sat May 20, 08:04 AM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (core) underwent core muscle surgery Friday, May 19, in Philadelphia.

Footballguys view: Inman had a career high 58 catches in 2016, but additions to the WR corps will likely keep his numbers down. This surgery should keep him sidelined for six weeks. We should see Inman back on the field sometime around training camp.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen already up to speed    Thu May 18, 11:21 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is already running routes at full speed in practice, and he said Tuesday, May 16, that he surprised himself with how well he is able to compete.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Chargers here. We all know Allen is incredibly talented when healthy...but it's the staying healthy part that is a problem for him. He's only played in nine games over the last two years combined. When healthy, Allen can be a fantasy factor and the favorite target of QB Philip Rivers. Expect the team to ease him along during OTAs with the idea that he could fully participate when training camp starts.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams dealing with back issue    Thu May 18, 11:20 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is dealing with some soreness in his lower back and won't be rushed back to practice, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

Footballguys view: Williams was a top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and he reminds some in the scouting community of Plaxico Burress. He's big, has a large wingspan and can win at the catch point regularly. Expect the team to take it easy on him as he deals with this back injury.

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  Chargers | Rayshawn Jenkins signs contract    Wed May 17, 08:02 PM

Los Angeles Chargers fourth-round draft choice S Rayshawn Jenkins signed his four-year deal with the Chargers Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Los Angeles signs Mitchell Paige    Wed May 17, 03:00 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers signed WR Mitchell Paige Tuesday, May 17. Paige took part in the team's rookie mini camp as a tryout player over the previous weekend.

Footballguys view: The team that cut Wes Welker now picks up a player who reminded many in the scouting community of Welker during his time in college at Indiana. Paige is not big, but he can get open and has strong hands out of the slot. In addition to working as a receiving weapon, Paige can be dangerous as a return man. He also can get in on some trick plays and throw a touchdown here or there (see Michigan State game). We love the story and will be monitoring him in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Chargers | Tre Boston contract update    Mon May 15, 08:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers SS Tre Boston signed a one-year deal with the Chargers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Orlando Franklin released    Mon May 15, 10:52 AM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Orlando Franklin was cut Monday, May 15. The move saves the team $3 million against the salary cap.

Footballguys view: The Chargers drafted two guards in the 2017 NFL draft, and they didn't need to see Franklin on the bench with such a larger paycheck. Injuries prevented Franklin from playing well during his two seasons with the Chargers. We should see him find a job (maybe starting) before the start of training camp.

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  Chargers | Tre Boston agreed to terms with Bolts    Fri May 12, 05:31 PM

Free-agent SS Tre Boston (Panthers) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers Friday, May 12. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Tre Boston plans to join Chargers    Fri May 12, 05:30 PM

Free-agent SS Tre Boston (Panthers) said he plans to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers.

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  Chargers | Chargers sign four other rookies to deals    Thu May 11, 07:53 PM

Los Angeles Chargers second-round OG Forrest Lamp, fifth-round CB Desmond King, sixth-round OT Sam Tevi and seventh-round DL Isaac Rochell agreed to terms with the club Thursday, May 11.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams signs rookie contract    Thu May 11, 05:00 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 11. Financial details were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: At 6'4" 218 pounds, Williams has the prototypical size that scouts look for. He's not an explosive or quick-twitch player, but his size, wingspan and leaping ability make him tough to cover. Williams can make difficult catches seem routine, and he should at least be a good red zone target as a rookie.

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  Chargers | Anthony Lynn believes in Philip Rivers    Thu May 4, 01:22 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers has started 176 consecutive games, and head coach Anthony Lynn believes he has another three or four productive years ahead of him. The Chargers did not a draft a quarterback because Lynn still has high expectations for his veteran quarterback. 'We definitely think Philip can still play,' Lynn said. 'Whoever we drafted was going to have to come in and sit for a while because I think Philip is going to continue to play at a high level.'

Footballguys view: Rivers has been up and down over the latter half of his career and last season was one of the worst he's had in some time, with the highest interception total (21), and third lowest completion percentage (60.4) of his career. It's good the Chargers believe in him, but how many times can he reboot his career? We'll see if an upgraded O-Line and added weapons helps Rivers play better.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers RBs could be third down back    Wed May 3, 02:49 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RBs Branden Oliver and Kenjon Barner appear to be the leading candidates for the third down back role this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Either one could work as a change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon. Fantasy owners are looking at Gordon as RB6 (1.10) in 12-team PPR leagues right now. Oliver and/or Barner are going to replace Danny Woodhead (Ravens) this year, and there's a bit of fantasy value there...especially in PPR leagues. We'll watch this battle unfold in training camp.

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  Chargers | Andre Williams could be main RB backup    Wed May 3, 02:45 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Andre Williams is expected to be given the opportunity to earn the role as the main backup to RB Melvin Gordon on first and second downs in 2017.

Footballguys view: Williams is big but not as physical as his size (6'0" 230 pounds) would indicate. He was on the Chargers practice squad for most of last year, but he did get to see the field in Week 17. In that game, Williams had 87 rushing yards on 18 carries. In deep fantasy leagues where you can handcuff your top RBs, Williams is the name to target if you're invested in Melvin Gordon.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers to work at OG    Wed May 3, 08:19 AM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Forrest Lamp and OG Dan Feeney are expected to work solely at guard in their rookie years, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

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  Chargers | Jake McGee waived by Chargers    Mon May 1, 10:41 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Jake McGee was waived Monday, May 1.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett's option exercised    Mon May 1, 03:08 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett's fifth-year option was exercised Monday, May 1.

Footballguys view: When healthy, Verrett is one of the best young corners in the game today. He missed most of 2016 with a torn ACL, but all signs point to him being ready for this season. The Chargers are spending around $8.5 million here with this option that is guaranteed for injury.

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