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  Chargers | Forrest Lamp has been limited    Thu Aug 16, 05:39 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Forrest Lamp (knee) has been limited to mostly individual drills since returning to practice this week.

Footballguys view: The Chargers always have offensive line drama. They really need Lamp to come back as their other options behind him aren't great and Philip Rivers deserves a good offensive line.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers to play in preseason game    Thu Aug 16, 03:58 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers will play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16. Rivers did not play in the first preseason game.

Footballguys view: Rivers is a criminally underrated quarterback and by the looks of his ADP - 16th quarterback off the board -- he will be in fantasy as well. We think he is a nice value at that price point, and with Keenan Allen healthy plus Tyrell and Mike Williams available, he has plenty of weapons even without Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.

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  Chargers | Three Chargers to sit out     Thu Aug 16, 03:08 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot), CB Trevor Williams (ankle) and OG Forrest Lamp (knee) will not play in Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Trevor Williams player page


  Chargers | Justin Jackson back at practice    Thu Aug 16, 02:32 AM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (hamstring) return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Footballguys view: In his Rookie Scouting Portfolio, Footballguys' own Matt Waldman wrote that Jackson could be a "high-upside contributor among the riches of 2018's running back class." Despite his 5-11, 190lb size Jackson is physical, and has shown good vision and quickness. If he can stay off the training table and on the field, he could push for the No. 2 spot before the season starts.

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  Chargers | Bolts could carry two PKs initially    Thu Aug 16, 02:11 AM

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said it's a 'possibility' that PKs Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo could both be on the team's 53-man roster in Week 1.

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  Chargers | Two rookies should play in preseason game    Wed Aug 15, 08:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LBs Uchenna Nwosu (knee) and Kyzir White (knee) missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 14, because of sore knees but should be able to play in the second preseason game, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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  Chargers | Je'Ron Hamm claimed by Chargers    Mon Aug 13, 06:18 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers claimed TE Je'Ron Hamm off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Aug. 13.

Footballguys view: Hamm came out of Louisiana-Monroe undrafted in 2014 and signed with the Saints. A wide receiver in college, the Saints moved him to tight end and that's where he's lined up as he's bounced around to a few teams over the last few years. The Chargers are looking for pass-catching help at the tight end position ever since Hunter Henry went down with a season ending knee injury earlier this year.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa not ready to return    Mon Aug 13, 03:36 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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  Chargers | Two players ready to practice    Mon Aug 13, 01:20 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Forrest Lamp (knee) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 13, and will participate in practice Monday. OT Brett Boyko (hamstring) was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list and will also practice.

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  Chargers | Cardale Jones in line for backup role    Sun Aug 12, 11:40 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Cardale Jones has an edge on QB Geno Smith for the backup quarterback job, according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

Footballguys view: It's not a great group behind starter Philip Rivers. Fantasy GMs in dynasty formats may have been holding onto Jones (in super deep leagues), so continue to monitor his progress.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers among those sitting    Sat Aug 11, 11:18 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers, WR Keenan Allen, DE Joey Bosa, CB Trevor Williams and CB Casey Hayward will not play in the preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 11.

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  Chargers | Isaac Rochell works with starters    Thu Aug 9, 04:36 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Isaac Rochell worked with the first-team defense during practice Thursday, Aug. 9, because of DE Joey Bosa's (foot) injury.

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  Chargers | Justin Jones in walking boot    Thu Aug 9, 04:33 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DT Justin Jones (ankle) was seen in a walking boot during practice Thursday, Aug. 9, because of the ankle injury he suffered earlier in the week.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa on the sidelines    Thu Aug 9, 04:09 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 9. He was walking with a slight limp during practice.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams a red-zone threat    Thu Aug 9, 12:34 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams said he's been given a sizable red-zone role this offseason.

Footballguys view: After losing most of his rookie year to injury, it's good to see the Chargers are giving Williams a chance to prove himself the weapon they drafted him to be. It doesn't hurt that the team lost a red zone option when Hunter Henry went down for the season. We think Williams could be better than his ADP of 53rd receiver off the board, but he has to stay healthy and show us something in preseason action before the needle moves.

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  Chargers | More catches for Melvin Gordon?    Thu Aug 9, 12:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to be used more as a pass-catcher this season. Head coach Anthony Lynn admitted one of his regrets last year was not using Gordon more in the passing game. Gordon said his goal is to achieve more explosive plays going into his fourth year.

Footballguys view: The injury to Hunter Henry and the departure of Antonio Gates has left Philip Rivers with a few less weapons than what was expected, so adding another receiving option makes sense. He averaged 3.4 receptions and 30.1 yards per game last season, so we know he has the chops to excel. That combination could make him a very nice lats first round/early second round option in redraft -- right about where his 12th overall/9th running back ADP puts him.

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  Chargers | Virgil Green finding comfort zone    Wed Aug 8, 05:42 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Virgil Green is starting to find his groove with new QB Philip Rivers in the team's passing game. '(Our connection) is growing,' Rivers said Wednesday, Aug. 8. 'We're working through how I like things, what I'm expecting on certain routes. He's getting a feel for this offense.'

Footballguys view: Green is the lead tight end for the Chargers this year with the injury to Hunter Henry. He caught only 14 passes for the Broncos last year and his career high came in 2016 with just 22 receptions. Green has mostly been a blocker during his pro career and Fantasy GMs are not expecting much from him this year with his new team.

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  Chargers | Austin Ekeler listed as the No. 2    Wed Aug 8, 03:47 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is listed as the team's top backup running back on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

Footballguys view: Rookie Justin Jackson (Northwestern) is an exciting player to monitor in dynasty formats but things are shaping up for Ekeler to once again be the primary backup and change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon. Fantasy GMs in 12-team PPR leagues are taking him off the board near the end of the draft, currently with an ADP of RB58 (14.03).

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  Chargers | Two battling for backup QB    Wed Aug 8, 03:40 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QBs Cardale Jones and Geno Smith are each listed as the team's No. 2 quarterback on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp with QB Nic Shimonek listed No. 4.

Footballguys view: Good thing Philip Rivers is one of the most durable players in the league. The Chargers would be in trouble if either one of these guys had to take over. Smith has plenty of starting experience from his time with the Jets while Jones has the big arm and athleticism. The Chargers are a favorite by many analysts to win the AFC West...so long as Rivers stays upright.

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  Chargers | Justin Jackson battling hamstring injury    Wed Aug 8, 02:44 AM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (hamstring) has been hampered by a hamstring injury the past few days, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Jackson is expected to return during the preseason.

Footballguys view: Jackson is better than the typical last round draft pick and was expected to push Austin Ekeler for snaps behind Melvin Gordon, but missing camp time is more damaging for a rookie than a veteran. Jackson could remain third on the depth chart if he doesn't get back on the field soon.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams a second-teamer for now    Tue Aug 7, 09:35 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams was listed with the second-team offense on the team's initial depth chart release Tuesday, Aug. 7. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams are listed as the first-team receivers.

Footballguys view: The 2017 seventh overall pick has been the subject of a lot of positive reports and he could be the primary replacement for Hunter Henry in the red zone pecking order. He's on the rise as a bench pick with upside. Tyrell Williams should still be at least a good bye/injury/matchup wide receiver in deep leagues.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa should be fine    Tue Aug 7, 05:49 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) should be fine after suffering a foot injury during practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Footballguys view: Chargers fans and Fantasy GMs can breathe a sigh of relief here. Bosa should be considered day-to-day at this point and we don't think he'll play (or should play) in the preseason opener.

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  Chargers | Ankle injury for Justin Jones    Tue Aug 7, 05:09 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DT Justin Jones (ankle) left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 7, and will be re-evaluated.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa suffers injury    Tue Aug 7, 05:01 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) suffered a foot injury during practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, and will be re-evaluated.

Footballguys view: Early reports indicate this injury is minor. Don't expect Bosa to play in the preseason opener.

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  Chargers | Artavis Scott making his mark    Tue Aug 7, 01:34 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Artavis Scott 'continues to have a strong camp,' according to ESPN's Eric D. Williams.

Footballguys view: Rookie Dylan Cantrell went down with a knee injury, so Scott's path to a roster spot got a bit clearer. His run after catch ability adds an element to a talented Chargers wide receiver group.

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  Chargers | Dylan Cantrell out indefinitely    Sun Aug 5, 08:24 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Dylan Cantrell (knee) is dealing with a knee injury and will be sidelined indefinitely.

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  Chargers | Several options for FS job    Fri Aug 3, 08:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins, SS Jahleel Addae, FS Desmond King and S Jaylen Watkins have all worked as the starting free safety during training camp, and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said the starting job is up for grabs.

Footballguys view: The team surprisingly did not try to retain Tre Boston after a very solid season in 2017. First-round pick Derwin James should end up at strong safety and be the IDP prize in this secondary.

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  Chargers | Trevor Williams will play in preseason    Thu Aug 2, 03:39 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Trevor Williams (ankle) avoided a high-ankle sprain and will be able to play at some point in the preseason. The Chargers will not rush him back, however.

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  Chargers | Derwin James activated from NFI    Thu Aug 2, 01:03 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (hamstring) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list and will practice Thursday, Aug. 2.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett goes to IR    Thu Aug 2, 12:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Aug. 2. TE Austin Roberts (knee) was also sent to IR. In corresponding moves, free-agents WR Marcus Peterson (IFL) and CB Channing Stribling (Colts) were signed.

Footballguys view: The football gods just don't like the Chargers, who are once again dealing with significant injuries before preseason has kicked off. Losing Verrett is a big blow to this defense and is going to put more pressure on the offense. That could mean some improved offensive numbers as Philip Rivers and company try to keep their team in the game.

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  Chargers | Trevor Williams has ankle sprain    Tue Jul 31, 06:57 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Trevor Williams (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in practice Tuesday, July 31, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Williams left the locker room with a walking boot on the injured ankle.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin hurts shoulder Monday    Mon Jul 30, 08:40 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) sustained a shoulder injury during practice Monday, July 30. Head coach Anthony Lynn didn't seem overly concerned about the seriousness of the injury but told reporters Benjamin 'may be in a red jersey' if he practices Tuesday, July 31.

Footballguys view: The Chargers already have lost a few players due to injury, and they don't need another one. It sounds like this one is minor and Benjamin should be out there soon enough. Benjamin provides a speed element to the Chargers passing attack behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

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  Chargers | Bolts in on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie    Mon Jul 30, 11:32 AM

Free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants) is being pursued by the San Diego Chargers.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are obviously looking to help their secondary after losing Jason Verrett again, but Trevor Williams and Desmond King played well enough last year to make the need not urgent for the team.

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  Chargers | Three TEs working with starters    Sun Jul 29, 08:45 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TEs Virgil Green, Sean Culkin and Braedon Bowman have all received snaps with the first-team offense during training camp. The team has also been running a lot of three-receiver sets during practice.

Footballguys view: The Chargers will likely employ a committee at tight end with no clear fantasy play if they don't sign Antonio Gates. If they do, Gates will have some late round appeal. Either way, more three-wide sets is in store for this offense, which is good news for the value of Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams, and it gives Travis Benjamin a potential path to value, especially in best ball leagues.

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  Chargers | Austin Roberts diagnosed with torn ACL    Sun Jul 29, 03:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Austin Roberts (knee) suffered a torn ACL in practice Saturday, July 28, and will miss the rest of the season.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers have hamstring injuries    Sat Jul 28, 03:05 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (hamstring) and OT Brett Boyko (hamstring) were placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list because of hamstring injuries, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett will not play in 2018    Fri Jul 27, 04:54 PM

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (Achilles') will miss the entire 2018 season after tests confirmed that he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon, according to a source.

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  Chargers | Several Chargers not ready for camp    Fri Jul 27, 04:15 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee), OG Forrest Lamp (knee) and CB Jason Verrett (Achilles') were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 27. S Derwin James (undisclosed) and OT Brett Boyko (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Footballguys view: Lamp could be part of a revitalized interior line with fellow 2017 second-day pick Dan Feeney and free agent addition Mike Pouncey, but needs to get back to full speed. James' absence didn't any explanatory details, but with the loss of Jason Verrett, the defense needs him more than ever, so we'll be monitoring it closely.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett may have torn Achillies'    Fri Jul 27, 02:28 PM

Updating an earlier report, Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (Achillies') likely suffered a torn Achilles' during a conditioning test Friday, July 27, although he is still undergoing tests to confirm the seriousness of the injury.

Footballguys view: This is a terrible development for a player that will have played 25 games in the first five years of his career. Verrett is a legit CB1, but just can't stay healthy. The Chargers have Trevor Williams and Desmond King so it's not crippling for their secondary, but it makes the jump to the elite less likely. No team seems to have more bad injury luck than the Chargers.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett likely done for the season    Fri Jul 27, 01:55 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury during a conditioning test Friday, July 27, that likely will cost him the season, according to sources.

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  Chargers | Donavon Clark cut    Wed Jul 25, 05:45 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Donavon Clark was waived Wednesday, July 25.

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  Chargers | LAC close to re-signing Antonio Gates?    Wed Jul 25, 02:33 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers are actively negotiating with free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers), according to Gates' agent Tom Condon.

Footballguys view: Another day and another Gates-to-the-Chargers report. He's not what he used to be but if Gates does sign with a team in 2018 it will be with the Chargers. They need to do something with blocking TE Virgil Green sitting atop their depth chart at the position.

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  Chargers | Hope for Antonio Gates back in Los Angeles?    Mon Jul 23, 10:33 PM

Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) is reportedly very much in the picture to rejoin the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source, who added it would 'their preference' for a deal to get worked out before the start of training camp, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Footballguys view: It seems like Gates is going to be back with the Chargers in the near future. His name was the first most brought up when Hunter Henry went down with a knee injury in the spring. Gates is no longer the player he used to be but the Chargers don't have much talent at the position without Henry. Right now, free agent addition Virgil Green is their top tight end.

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  Chargers | Several could be PUP candidates    Sat Jul 21, 01:40 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OG Forrest Lamp (knee), DT Corey Liuget (foot), CB Jason Verrett (knee), LB Kyle Emanuel (undisclosed) and CB Casey Hayward (hip) are candidates to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Chargers | LAC open to re-signing Antonio Gates    Sat Jul 21, 10:55 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers have continued to express interest in re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

Footballguys view: This has always seemed like a possibility since Hunter Henry went down with a knee injury earlier this offseason. Gates has a great connection with QB Philip Rivers but he's certainly not the same player he used to be. The Chargers currently have blocking TE Virgil Green atop their depth chart at the position.

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  Chargers | Derek Watt draws high praise    Tue Jul 17, 02:40 AM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Derek Watt has earned high praise from running backs coach Alfredo Roberts, who called him 'one of the top fullbacks in the NFL.' Watt is not only considered a 'capable blocker,' but also someone who can be an effective runner in short-yardage situations, as well as be a factor in the passing game that defenses have to take account for.

Footballguys view: Watt will be tasked with blasting open holes for starting RB Melvin Gordon. He's not producing much as a runner or receiver (14 offensive touches in his career) and only plays a handful of snaps. Watt logged 143 snaps in 2017 and should be in for a similar workload this year.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon difficult to bring down    Mon Jul 16, 10:36 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has 116 forced missed tackles over the last three seasons according to Pro Football Focus, the second-highest total of any running back over that span.

Footballguys view: That's fantastic to note, but he still hasn't averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in any of his three seasons in the pros. He got close last year (3.9 YPC) and Gordon has a career average of only 3.8 yards per carry. Even with those less-than-stellar numbers, Gordon can produce for fantasy owners...especially in PPR leagues. He's a virtual lock for 300 touches due to the work he can do as a runner or receiver out of the backfield and a top-10 finish in 2018 is fair to project. Gordon has a current ADP of RB7 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Justin Jackson on track to make team    Mon Jul 16, 12:17 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 running back job entering training camp.

Footballguys view: Versatility and consistency are the hallmarks for Jackson's game from his days in college at Northwestern. Jackson rushed for over 1,000 yards in four years of college ball, and he caught 122 passes during that time. Measuring in at 5'11" 190 pounds, Jackson runs larger than his size and has great vision for finding lanes others don't see. He'll compete for a roster spot behind starter Melvin Gordon and change-of-pace back Austin Ekeler. We love Jackson in dynasty leagues.

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  Chargers | Desmond King may be used in different ways    Mon Jul 9, 12:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Desmond King could receive playing time at nickel back and safety this season, in the opinion of Chargers.com's Ricky Henne. King could also see a dip in his playing time if CB Jason Verrett is able to stay healthy in 2018.

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  Chargers | Busy season for Keenan Allen?    Thu Jul 5, 10:11 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen will be relied on more heavily in the red zone and on third down this season because of the injury to TE Hunter Henry (knee), according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Last year we saw what Allen can do when healthy. Now he just has to stay that way, and it's even more critical due to the injury to Hunter Henry. That makes his ADP as No. 7 receiver off the board and 17th player off the board overall. It's possible given the situation that he could be even more productive than his ADP in point per reception leagues where all those extra catches will really add up.

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