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  Chargers | Hunter Henry injury confirmed    Thu May 24, 02:43 AM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) did suffer a torn ACL GM Tom Telesco confirmed on Wednesday, May 23. Telesco said Henry sustained the injury while running a route during practice. Henry's surgery has not yet been scheduled.

Footballguys view: Brutal news and likely finishes his season. We were looking forward to seeing what Henry could do without Antonio Gates and now the team might have to bring Gates back, unless they think Virgil Green is the answer.

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  Chargers | LA to bring back Antonio Gates?    Wed May 23, 02:43 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers are likely to consider re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Footballguys view: That would make the most sense for the Chargers, even though Gates is no longer the player he used to be. Gates had previously been told he would not be brought back, but TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered what's believed to be a season-ending knee injury Tuesday, May 22.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry tears ACL    Tue May 22, 09:47 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered a torn ACL during a drill in OTAs on Tuesday, May 22. While he is scheduled to get a second opinion Wednesday, May 23, he is expected to miss the 2018 season.

Footballguys view: Such a disappointing injury for the Chargers as Henry was their top tight end...and fantasy owners are disappointed as well because Henry has TE1 potential. Expect the team to explore the trade market, and there's a chance they could bring back Antonio Gates even though he's not the player he used to be. At this time, free agent addition Virgil Green is the top tight end on the Chargers depth chart.

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  Chargers | Rayshawn Jenkins working at FS    Sat May 19, 12:34 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins has been lining up at free safety during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick out of Miami in 2017, Jenkins is big, fast and physical. He can play in the box, but he's got the ball instincts to work as a two-deep safety as well.

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  Chargers | Forrest Lamp had minor procedure    Tue May 15, 03:18 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Forrest Lamp (knee) underwent minor surgery on his knee this offseason that has kept him from being fully cleared for football activities.

Footballguys view: Lamp, a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, missed all of his rookie season due to an ACL injury. Head coach Anthony Lynn said Lamp has been participating in some drills and should be cleared in the near future. We could see the second-year player get cleared to participate in training camp for the Chargers.

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  Chargers | Nelson Spruce signed by LAC    Mon May 14, 06:55 PM

Free-agent WR Nelson Spruce (Chiefs) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, May 14.

Footballguys view: Spruce has bounced around the league a bit since entering as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado in 2016. He has good quickness on underneath routes and can work the sidelines. He's a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

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  Chargers | Justice Liggins signs with Chargers    Mon May 14, 11:21 AM

Free-agent WR Justice Liggins (Colts) signed an undisclosed deal with the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, May 14.

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  Chargers | Justin Jones signs deal    Sat May 12, 05:42 PM

Los Angeles Chargers third-round draft choice DT Justin Jones signed a four-year deal with the Chargers Saturday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jones looks long and lean at 6'3" 309 pounds. He's not too bulky, but Jones is strong at the point of attack and can stuff the run. Jones won't offer much as a pass rusher but can work in a rotation to plug up the middle.

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  Chargers | Derwin James to move around    Fri May 11, 11:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James is an 'alpha dog,' according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said the defensive staff will be creative with how James is used.

Footballguys view: James is an 'alpha' and can step on the field and immediately be one of the most intimidating players in the league. He played linebacker (both MIKE and SAM), plus outside corner, plus nickel corner and oh yeah - both safety positions during his time in college with the Seminoles. We can't wait to see him fly around the field and help set the tone for a fierce Chargers defense in 2018.

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  Chargers | Five Chargers picks signed    Fri May 11, 08:04 PM

Los Angeles Chargers second-round draft choice LB Uchenna Nwosu, fourth-round draft choice LB/S Kyzir White, fifth-round draft choice OG Scott Quessenberry, sixth-round draft choice WR Dylan Cantrell and seventh-round draft choice RB Justin Jackson signed four-year contracts Friday, May 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jackson is one of only six players in FBS history to have four straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards rushing. He had over 1,100 carries for Northwestern yet never missed a game due to injury. Jackson is not the biggest (199 pounds) or the fastest (4.50 40-yard dash), but he's tough and willing to grind inside. His 122 catches show that he can be quite successful as a receiver out of the backfield. The Chargers are looking for an upgrade or at least more competition from Austin Ekeler behind starter Melvin Gordon.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers confident in teammates    Sat May 5, 11:34 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers believes they have the 'pieces to do something special' in 2018.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are the team to beat in the AFC West. They have great players on both sides of the ball, and so long as they stay healthy we should see them make a run at the playoffs...perhaps (and likely) as division champs. Rivers can still perform like a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2018.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry recovered from injury    Tue May 1, 03:49 AM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (abdomen) is healthy now from the lacerated kidney he sustained last year in Week 14, which cost him the remainder of the season. 'It's something where I can't push my rehab to try and get back on the field and something I can't play through because I kind of look at myself like, if it's an injury, I feel like I can play through it,' he said. 'I just kind of have that tough factor about me. But with something internal, it's hard. You can't play around with that.'

Footballguys view: Great news for the Chargers here. Henry is the clear TE1 for the Chargers, and he should put up plenty of points for fantasy owners as a TE1. He was present during the second phase of the club's offseason program Monday, April 30, running routes on the field with the first-string offense.

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  Chargers | Kyzir White changing positions    Sun Apr 29, 08:41 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Kyzir White was a safety during his college career but will be used as a linebacker for the Chargers. White said he expects it to be a smooth transition.

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  Chargers | LA Chargers sign five UDFAs    Sun Apr 29, 01:08 PM

Undrafted free-agents TE Cole Hunt (Texas Christian), WR J.J. Jones (West Georgia), FB Anthony Manzo-Lewis (Albany), RB Detrez Newson (Western Carolina) and WR Kent Shelby (McNeese State) reportedly agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, April 29.

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  Chargers | Nic Shimonek joins the Bolts    Sat Apr 28, 09:52 PM

Undrafted free-agent QB Nic Shimonek (Texas Tech) reportedly agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers Saturday, April 28. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Justin Jackson goes to Bolts    Sat Apr 28, 06:43 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers selected Northwestern RB Justin Jackson with the 251st overall selection (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Jackson is a durable runner, though his slight frame probably hurt his stock with most teams. His footspeed and agility allow him to make tacklers miss but lacks the strength to break arm tackles and doesn't finish runs hard. He's got a really odd running style as well, which hurts his overall game.

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  Chargers | Uchenna Nwosu to fill OTTO role    Fri Apr 27, 09:37 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Uchenna Nwosu will likely play the OTTO role, according to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

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  Chargers | Uchenna Nwosu added by Chargers    Fri Apr 27, 08:20 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers selected Southern California LB Uchenna Nwosu with the 48th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Nwosu played a lot of edge pressure at USC, but may have to come off the ball and play more coverage and less "pin your ears back and go." He bats a lot of balls down, so he could be a real pain for the rest of the AFC West's quarterbacks.

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  Chargers | Antonio Gates likely to re-sign    Fri Apr 27, 05:06 PM

Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) wants to continue his playing career but has been told that the Los Angeles Chargers do not plan to re-sign him, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Doing the reverse Jason Witten, we see. Gates is fading, but still has productive moments, even if they are fewer and further between. The Chargers have a few aging pieces -- Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers in particular -- who they need to make some decisions on in the next few years. Hunter Henry is ready, the Chargers are ready -- maybe they can talk the Cowboys into a deal for Gates?

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  Chargers | Mason Rudolph of interest to Chargers?    Fri Apr 27, 12:53 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly very interested in finding a way to land Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Rivers has been an iron man, almost never hurt, and seems to have plenty left in the tank, but Los Angeles is smart to start thinking about the long term. But with the 48th pick overall (16th pick in the second round) there's a chance Rudolph won't be there. How far they need to move up is a hard thing to gauge, but the Colts have back to back picks at 36 and 37 overall so that could be a target.

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  Chargers | Derwin James joins Chargers    Thu Apr 26, 09:57 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers selected Florida State S Derwin James with the 17th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.

Footballguys view: Has all the physical traits and tools you want, and is a tone setter in games. He still needs to improve his run defense and could improve in coverage.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams signs RFA tender    Tue Apr 24, 12:55 PM

Restricted free-agent WR Tyrell Williams signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday, April 24.

Footballguys view: With a second-round tender on him, Williams did not get signed away. He'll earn $2.9 million in 2018 while facing competition from second-year pro (and 2017 first-round pick) Mike Williams for time/targets opposite Keenan Allen.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams pronounces himself fit    Tue Apr 24, 12:16 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams told the team's website he feels '100 percent' after dealing with a back issue for the majority of his rookie season in 2017.

Footballguys view: In 10 games as a rookie, Williams started one game, ran 133 routes, caught only 11 passes for 95 yards and zero touchdowns (with two drops). Clearly a disappointment for a player selected in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL draft. When healthy, Williams plays a lot like Plaxico Burress used to back in the day for the Steelers and the Giants. Like Burress, Williams can play above the rim and is difficult to cover in jump-ball situations.

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  Chargers | No talks with Antonio Gates and Chargers    Tue Apr 24, 08:24 AM

Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) hasn't had any recent contact with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

Footballguys view: It's likely the end of an era with the Chargers. Undrafted out of Kent State in 2003, Gates has been part of the revolution at the tight end position. He never played college football but was a college basketball star. Gates used that basketball skill set to dominate during his heyday on the football field. It will be sad to see him in another uniform, but it sounds like Gates is not quite ready to hang up his cleats.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon's option picked up    Mon Apr 23, 06:58 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option is being picked up Monday, April 23, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

Footballguys view: Gordon played for a full 16-game season for the first time last year, and it came as no surprise that he was able to rush for over 1,000 yards by staying healthy. Add in his near-60 receptions and you can see how Gordon is basically the centerpiece of what the Chargers want to do on offense. They may add a back in the draft because it's a deep and talented class, but Gordon should continue to carry the main load for the Chargers in 2018.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams signs tender    Mon Apr 23, 04:01 PM

Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent WR Tyrell Williams signed his tender Monday, April 23, according to a source.

Footballguys view: With a second-round tender on him, Williams did not get signed away. He'll earn $2.9 million in 2018 while facing competition from second-year pro (and 2017 first-round pick) Mike Williams for time/targets opposite Keenan Allen.

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  Chargers | Malik Jefferson visiting Chargers    Tue Apr 17, 11:47 AM

Texas LB Malik Jefferson is visiting the Los Angeles Chargers Tuesday, April 17.

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  Chargers | Chris McCain becomes UFA    Mon Apr 16, 12:27 PM

Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent DE Chris McCain's tender offer has been rescinded by the Chargers, according to a source. McCain is now an unrestricted free agent.

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  Chargers | Corey Liuget restructures    Mon Apr 16, 08:17 AM

Los Angeles Chargers DT Corey Liuget restructured his contract Monday, April 16. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers could compete for starting job    Sat Apr 14, 04:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Adrian Phillips and S Rayshawn Jenkins could compete for one of the starting safety jobs next season if the team does not re-sign free-agent SS Tre Boston.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers waived    Fri Apr 13, 04:11 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow and PK Nick Rose were waived Friday, April 13.

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  Chargers | Rasheem Green works out for LAC    Thu Apr 12, 07:31 PM

Southern California DE Rasheem Green worked out during the Los Angeles Chargers' local Pro Day Thursday, April 12.

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  Chargers | Elijah Nkansah met with Chargers    Wed Apr 11, 12:51 PM

Toledo OT Elijah Nkansah met with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a league source.

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  Chargers | More on Geno Smith's deal    Thu Apr 5, 06:05 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers QB Geno Smith's one-year deal is worth $1 million.

Footballguys view: Geno Smith looked bad in his role as starter for the Giants for one game and Philip Rivers never gets hurt. There's no upside here.

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  Chargers | Jaylen Watkins may start in 2018    Wed Apr 4, 07:33 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Jaylen Watkins is expected to compete for the starting free safety job next season.

Footballguys view: The team isn't retaining Tre Boston in free agency, so Watkins could start, but will provide versatility and depth for the team in any event.

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  Chargers | Geno Smith to join LAC    Sun Apr 1, 09:22 PM

Free-agent QB Geno Smith (Giants) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, April 1, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Smith could become the backup to Philip Rivers after starting once for the Giants last year in a memorable chain of events that saw Eli Manning get as much respect from football fans as he has gotten in years. Rivers is one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league, so we probably won't see much of Smith this year in any event.

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  Chargers | LA Chargers nab Jaylen Watkins    Fri Mar 30, 01:20 PM

Free-agent DB Jaylen Watkins (Eagles) agreed to a one-year undisclosed contract with the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday, March 30.

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  Chargers | Lamar Jackson meets with Chargers    Thu Mar 29, 04:46 PM

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson met with the Los Angeles Chargers after his Pro Day Thursday, March 29.

Footballguys view: Jackson seems to be depending on individual visits to make an impression. He didn't do any non-quarterback drills during the Combine and Pro Day, so if he is going to run a 40 or anything like that, he'll do it in person and in private.

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  Chargers | Geno Smith visiting Chargers    Wed Mar 28, 12:43 PM

Free-agent QB Geno Smith (Giants) is visiting the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday, March 28.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have unproven Cardale Jones behind Philip Rivers at this time. Perhaps they'd like more experience and veteran depth behind Rivers in the form of Smith. We've also heard the Chargers may consider selecting a quarterback with a premium pick (2nd round?) of the 2018 NFL draft.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey signs with Chargers    Mon Mar 19, 05:11 PM

Free-agent C Mike Pouncey (Dolphins) signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, March 19. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Pouncey's play declined a bit in 2017 as he battled through a hip injury. He should be healthy now and makes for an incredible starter in the middle for the Chargers. Their line, if healthy, should be one of the best in the league.

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  Chargers | Caleb Sturgis contract update    Mon Mar 19, 12:16 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers PK Caleb Sturgis signed a two-year deal with the Chargers worth $4.45 million.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey meeting with LA Chargers    Sun Mar 18, 01:17 PM

Free-agent C Mike Pouncey (Dolphins) is visiting with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, March 18.

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  Chargers | Adrian Phillips re-signed    Sat Mar 17, 10:27 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed free-agent S Adrian Phillips to a one-year deal Wednesday, March 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Phillips give the Chargers depth in their strong secondary. He played over 500 snaps in 2017.

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  Chargers | Michael Schofield re-signed    Sat Mar 17, 10:22 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed free-agent OG Michael Schofield to a two-year deal Wednesday, March 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Schofield started a few games at right tackle for the Chargers last year. He's not a great starting option, but he provided strong depth on four of the five positions on the offensive line.

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  Chargers | Caleb Sturgis to the Bolts    Fri Mar 16, 10:27 PM

Free-agent PK Caleb Sturgis has signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced Friday, March 16.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey to visit Bolts    Fri Mar 16, 05:40 PM

Free-agent C Mike Pouncey (Dolphins) is expected to visit with the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday, March 17.

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  Chargers | Bolts expected to add Caleb Sturgis    Fri Mar 16, 05:33 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to sign free-agent PK Caleb Sturgis (Eagles), a source said Friday, March 16. They chose Sturgis over free-agent PK Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders).

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  Chargers | Matt Slauson to meet with Detroit on Friday    Thu Mar 15, 04:29 PM

Free-agent OG Matt Slauson (Chargers) is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions on Friday, March 16.

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  Chargers | More on Virgil Green's deal    Wed Mar 14, 08:32 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers TE Virgil Green agreed to a three-year deal with the Chargers Wednesday, March 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Green is a big-bodied blocker and an underused receiving option. Hunter Henry will be the Chargers lead tight end, limiting Green's potential for production.

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  Chargers | Virgil Green joins Chargers    Wed Mar 14, 04:11 PM

Free-agent TE Virgil Green (Broncos) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Green is a better receiver than some think but he never really got a chance. He's become a strong blocking tight end and that's what he should be used as behind Hunter Henry with the Chargers.

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