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  Chargers | Philip Rivers checks out    Sat Aug 29, 11:54 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers' (finger) X-rays on his finger were negative following a preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, and he said he would have continued to play if it had been the regular season.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers injures hand    Sat Aug 29, 10:33 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (hand) went to the locker room with a trainer before halftime after hitting his hand against a defender's hand in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: No word on the severity. This is a common injury for quarterbacks when throwing in tight quarters. Stay tuned.

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  Chargers | Orlando Franklin to sit Saturday    Fri Aug 28, 08:11 PM

San Diego Chargers OG Orlando Franklin (ankle, foot) will not play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, because of an apparent ankle or foot injury.

Footballguys view: Franklin is an excellent addition to this offensive line which is much better than it was in years past. That should be a big help to head coach Mike McCoy and quarterback Philip Rivers. We have Rivers as a borderline QB1/QB2, and he's a decent bargain in the ninth round where his ADP currently is.

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  Chargers | Eric Weddle likely will be held out    Fri Aug 28, 08:11 PM

San Diego Chargers SS Eric Weddle (neck) is not expected to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, because of neck soreness. Weddle should be fine for the start of the regular season.

Footballguys view: Weddle is a key cog in this defense and the Chargers are smart to protect him. We don't expect him to appear in the final preseason game either. The overall defense is a bit shaky, so it's no more than a fantasy defense to use in tandem with another middle-of-the-road team.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon's protection not big issue?    Fri Aug 28, 12:15 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's struggles with pass protection have been overblown, according to running backs coach Ollie Wilson. 'He's a big-bodied guy, and he's long, so he keeps people off of him,' Wilson said. 'I don't see what people say, that he won't pass protect. I've had no problem with it.'

Footballguys view: Well, his college film definitely says otherwise, but that's not to say he can't improve over an offseason. His willingness to pass protect wasn't the issue anyway--his ability was. Regardless we really like him as a high-end RB2.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon at practice    Tue Aug 25, 03:07 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) participated in full gear during warmups Tuesday, Aug. 25. He did not play over the weekend against the Arizona Cardinals.

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  Chargers | SD counting on more from Ladarius Green    Mon Aug 24, 07:41 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green will be asked to do more in 2015, especially with TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games of the season. Green impressed in the team's preseason game over the weekend, moving the chains on third down and even looking like Gates during one play in which he used his size against a backup safety. He also had a key block later in the game to spring RB Branden Oliver for an 11-yard gain. Green will receive more snaps this year if he can continue to improve on his blocking, something that was a weakness last season.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners have been waiting for Green to emerge, and now is the time. It's not only the four-game suspension for Gates. The Chargers were hinting at a smaller role for Gates before word came in about his suspension. Green has to prove himself this year, or the team could move on in 2016.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon expected to play    Mon Aug 24, 07:31 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is expected to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: We're excited to see what the rookie first-round pick can do this year. He's their version of Jamaal Charles, and he could be a fine RB2 with RB1 upside for fantasy owners. We'll see if Gordon can improve his pass-protection ability and make an immediate impact for the Chargers in 2015.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett likely to sit out    Fri Aug 21, 07:59 PM

San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (hamstring) likely will not play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22, because of a minor hamstring injury.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon expected to sit Saturday    Fri Aug 21, 04:31 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is not expected to participate in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22, even though he participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 19, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Gordon was unimpressive in Week 1 of the preseason and won't the bad taste out of the minds of fantasy owners this weekend. His stock is falling.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen having best camp?    Thu Aug 20, 04:34 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen has had the best training camp of his short career so far, according to QB Philip Rivers.

Footballguys view: Allen regressed in 2014, going from 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season to 783 yards and four touchdowns last year. He missed time during both seasons, but hopefully this year will be different. With Philip Rivers at the helm again, plus a healthy Malcom Floyd, he should see another 70-plus catch season. Antonio Gates' suspension may also help him as well. Right now we see him as a low-end WR2.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon back at practice    Thu Aug 20, 12:42 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 20.

Footballguys view: Gordon's injury is not an issue, but his hesitation at the line in the first preseason game is. If he continues to look less sharp than Branden Oliver, he might not even be worth drafting as an RB2 this year.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon might sit    Wed Aug 19, 09:56 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) might miss the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22, against the Arizona Cardinals due to a minor ankle injury, a source said Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Logan Stokes claimed    Wed Aug 19, 05:51 PM

Free-agent TE Logan Stokes (Patriots) was claimed by the San Diego Chargers Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Eric Frohnapfel cut    Wed Aug 19, 05:45 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Eric Frohnapfel was released Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen talks Philip Rivers     Wed Aug 19, 04:54 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen thinks he has developed a better chemistry with QB Philip Rivers this offseason. 'You can look at the coverage, and you kind of know what Phil likes to throw in the play call we have and the coverage they're giving us,' Allen said. 'Just knowing that helps a lot.'

Footballguys view: Allen had a slow start--and an injury-riddled finish to the 2014 season. With better weapons around Rivers, the Chargers offense should be quite explosive--and Allen will be a big part of what they do in the passing game. We think Allen could catch 85-95 passes this year. This makes him a WR2 with WR1 upside for fantasy owners.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon wants to improve    Wed Aug 19, 04:08 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon wants to be a more decisive runner. Gordon said he needs to work on calming himself down and let the game come to him, acknowledging that success is a process and doesn't happen right away.

Footballguys view: Gordon needs to improve his pass-protection ability. If he does that, the role for him should be large this season. Gordon is a RB2 with RB1 upside for fantasy owners.

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  Chargers | SD will use shotgun less    Wed Aug 19, 03:27 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the rest of the San Diego offense will not be lined up in the shotgun as much in 2015. Rivers will line up under center more this season in an attempt to create a more balanced offense, according to head coach Mike McCoy. McCoy added that the Chargers' opponent will influence how often they use shotgun.

Footballguys view: The Chargers want to feature rookie RB Melvin Gordon as much as possible. Gordon has the speed to get by defenders in a flash. We like him as a RB2 with RB1 upside this season.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon ready for more game action    Tue Aug 18, 08:51 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has been working on his pass-protection technique in practice, and he's eager for the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22, against the Arizona Cardinals.

Footballguys view: Gordon's pass-protection ability has been an issue up to this point in Chargers camp. If he improves, then the rookie back should have a large workload this season. We like him as a RB2 with RB1 upside for fantasy owners.

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  Chargers | Malcom Floyd intent on retirement    Mon Aug 17, 09:24 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd reiterated his intent to retire at the end of the 2015 season Monday, Aug. 17. 'What I've said is already in stone,' said Floyd.

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  Chargers | Phillip Rivers contract update    Mon Aug 17, 02:25 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers' four-year contract extension comes with a no-trade clause, according to sources.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers extended    Sat Aug 15, 11:32 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has agreed to a four-year extension, the team announced Saturday, Aug. 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Remember when he was going to be traded for Marcus Mariota? Good times.

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  Chargers | Johnnie Troutman injury update    Fri Aug 14, 03:07 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman (arm) suffered a broken arm during the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Troutman was just relegated to being a backup right guard after DJ Fluker moved inside and Joe Barksdale took his spot at right tackle.

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  Chargers | Johnnie Troutman injured    Fri Aug 14, 09:06 AM

San Diego Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman (arm) left the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13, with a right arm injury.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon debuts    Fri Aug 14, 08:48 AM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed six times for 11 yards in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13.

Footballguys view: Gordon was hesitant and did nothing to instill confidence as third/fourth round redraft pick or a top 3-4 dynasty pick. It's very early and almost insignificant as the first preseason game, but it matches the lukewarm tone around Gordon in camp.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead sees end zone    Fri Aug 14, 08:48 AM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead scored an on 8-yard run in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13.

Footballguys view: This on top rookie Melvin Gordon not looking very good throws cold water on his stock and reminds us that Woodhead was a strong fantasy RB2 in PPR leagues in 2013. He might end up being one of the best values of drafts again this year.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon receives high praise    Thu Aug 13, 06:50 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon received praise from LaDainian Tomlinson of the NFL Network Thursday, Aug. 13. 'He has all the skill sets that you want in a running back. He can be a 3-down RB,' Tomlinson said.

Footballguys view: Gordon is one of the most explosive rookie backs in this class. If he improves his pass-protection ability, then the Chargers are going to use him early and often. Fantasy owners should consider him a RB2 with upside.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon a project in areas    Thu Aug 13, 10:58 AM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is still adjusting to route running. 'He's still having to adjust to protections and to the route running,' quarterback Philip Rivers said, 'but the good thing is he catches it well, catches it naturally. And protections, shoot, it's like not that I've had to sell it to him, but I said, hey, you pick up the right guy on third down and pick up the protection, and there's two reasons you've got to love that. One, is it helps us win. And another is you get another carry. Now it's first down, and you get another carry. We don't get it, and we punt, and you look up and we start getting behind, you're going to be standing over there watching us in two-minute stuff.'

Footballguys view: Everything is pointing to Gordon being a two-down back this year. His upside is limited, but if the supersized Chargers line clicks, he might deliver strong RB2 value on his third round cost.

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  Chargers | Jacoby Jones ready to make an impact    Wed Aug 12, 08:01 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Jacoby Jones isn't relying on his previous success with the Baltimore Ravens as he gets set for his first preseason game with the Chargers Thursday, Aug. 13. 'I just want to get out there and play my role. Whatever I've got to bring to the table, I'm going to bring it. Whenever they call my name to make a play, I'll make it. And I've got my first celebration planned. I always have them ready. I've been thinking about them from the day I signed,' said Jones.

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  Chargers | Blocking still issue for Melvin Gordon    Wed Aug 12, 03:23 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's pass blocking is still a work in progress. He has big adjustments to make, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Gordon is super talented, but he needs to protect the quarterback if he wants a featured role. We could see the team ease him into action at the beginning of the year if he's not quite ready to be a three-down player. Fantasy owners should consider Gordon a RB2, but he's got RB1 upside and opportunity.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson working well with QB    Wed Aug 12, 02:19 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson has shown a good chemistry with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts and training camp. 'Even in OTAs and especially in the first 10 days of camp we've had a lot of things come that are trust-building plays and things that happen where he made a great catch and I threw it in a spot where it's got to be you or nobody, or something where we both felt it in the red zone and felt a void and knew I would do that,' Rivers said. 'Those kinds of things give you confidence, and he's been really good.'

Footballguys view: Message! Johnson is finally playing with a decent quarterback, and we should see that connection pay off in many ways this year. He should easily be able to outperform his current ADP of WR52 (11.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers working on extension    Wed Aug 12, 02:04 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has made progress in contract extension talks with the team, but there still appears to be one or two issues to be worked out.

Footballguys view: We have a feeling something will get done. If not, the Chargers have ways to keep Rivers around. The Chargers could use the franchise tag on Rivers in the next two offseason if they're not able to reach an agreement.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson resting    Tue Aug 11, 05:17 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (rest) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, due to rest.

Footballguys view: Veterans get rest around the league. Nothing to see here.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen taking day off    Tue Aug 11, 01:17 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen is not taking part in any drills at practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, and it's likely a maintenance day for him after a strong practice Monday, Aug. 10.

Footballguys view: Not a big deal here. Fantasy owners should be excited by what could be a career year for Allen. Allen is going off the board at WR21 (4.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen playing well, feeling well    Thu Aug 6, 11:32 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen lined up all over the field in training camp Wednesday, Aug. 5, catching a fade route over CB Jason Verrett in the end zone and adding two long catches, both with considerable yards after the catch. 'I didn't feel tired at all today or yesterday or when we did the conditioning test,' Allen said last week. 'Just being able to run and not be fatigued, I don't have to think about anything but run and catch the ball.'

Footballguys view: It's wise for the Chargers to use Allen in as many ways as possible. If healthy, Allen can be the leading receiver for the team and he's a WR2 to target in the fourth round.

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  Chargers | Two roster moves made    Tue Aug 4, 05:43 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Demetrius Wilson was released Tuesday, Aug. 4. Free-agent CB Jordan Mabin (Falcons) was subsequently signed.

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  Chargers | Two roster moves made    Mon Aug 3, 04:02 PM

San Diego Chargers DT Tenny Palepoi (foot) was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, Aug. 3, and the Chargers will subsequently sign DE Luther Robinson.

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  Chargers | Tenny Palepoi out for season    Mon Aug 3, 03:19 PM

San Diego Chargers DT Tenny Palepoi (foot) is out for the year with a fractured foot.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon struggling with protection    Sat Aug 1, 02:08 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has struggled with pass protection through the first three days of training camp.

Footballguys view: The rookie has fantastic talent as a runner, and he often draws comparisons to Jamaal Charles because of his speed and agility. Gordon can make plays in space as a receiver too. The rookie has to protect the quarterback or he's not going to see the field much. We should see improvements from him as training camp goes on.

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  Chargers | Antonio Gates talks suspension    Fri Jul 31, 08:15 AM

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates spoke publicly Thursday, July 30, the first time since being suspended for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Gates said he was shocked to learn the news and that he didn't know how the substance entered his body. Gates said he tested positive for a substance that produced elevated testosterone levels. 'As you get older, you have to find a way to take care of yourself in terms of recovery,' Gates said. 'Unfortunately, certain things that you take in light of trying to do the right thing, in trying to make sure that when you're done playing that you can walk, talk and enjoy your family, is just not NFL approved.'

Footballguys view: While Gates is out, the Chargers are going to turn to Ladarius Green. Gates will miss the first four games of the 2015 season. Green has great speed and can stretch the seam of a defense. If he excels, then perhaps Gates will return to the field as a backup. The team has already publicly discussed given Gates more of a part-time role.

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  Chargers | Donald Butler has high expectations    Wed Jul 29, 09:05 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Donald Butler said 2014 fell far short of his expectations, Wednesday, July 29. 'It wasn't good enough,' Butler said. 'I'm my own worst critic, so it wasn't good enough hands down. But I'm looking forward to this year. I'm back healthy and ready to go,' said Butler. The veteran linebacker was found to be in great shape when Chargers players reported to training camp.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are likely to make a playoff run this year. They could push the Broncos for the AFC West title, and they're certainly a team to watch in that conference.

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  Chargers | San Diego hopes Melvin Gordon can produce    Wed Jul 29, 01:28 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will use the preseason to determine what role he will be able to handle in the offense this season. Gordon will help the team if he is involved in some packages and can establish himself as a downhill runner.

Footballguys view: All reports have been positive about Gordon coming out of Chargers OTAs and minicamp. The rookie from Wisconsin draws comparisons to Jamaal Charles all the time. We're not going to make that exact comparison, but Gordon does has speed and the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. If the rookie can show improved patience as a runner, he'll be a dangerous asset for the Chargers offense.

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  Chargers | Denzel Perryman missed time    Mon Jul 27, 10:46 AM

San Diego Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) missed practices this offseason due to a hamstring strain.

Footballguys view: The rookie linebacker can be an impact player at the pro level. Perryman does a good job of sniffing out plays as they unfold in front of him, and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. The Chargers will monitor him closely during training camp to prevent any aggravation of the earlier strain.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead involved in passing game    Thu Jul 23, 12:39 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead will remain involved in the passing game and on third downs.

Footballguys view: Don't forget about Woodhead when you're considering rookie RB Melvin Gordon in fantasy drafts. Gordon is a capable receiver out of the backfield, and he'll be the lead back for the Chargers this year. However, Woodhead is too valuable as a change-of-pace back--so the Chargers aren't going to keep him off the field in certain situations. Woodhead has more value in PPR leagues because there's a chance he could catch 50-plus passes for the Chargers this season.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson to play outside, in slot    Mon Jul 20, 03:08 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson will be used on the outside as well as in the slot this season.

Footballguys view: Johnson is a sleeper for fantasy owners to pick up late in their drafts. He failed to impress during his time with the 49ers, but we think that has more to do with QB Colin Kaepernick. With Eddie Royal moving on to the Bears, Johnson will take over as the Chargers second-best wide receiver behind Keenan Allen. Johnson has a current ADP of WR59 (13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers strengthened core    Mon Jul 20, 08:31 AM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers focused on core strengthening in his offseason training program after he played through back and rib injuries last season. 'Troy Aikman is a guy who really told me this years ago,' Rivers said. 'He said as he got older, doing more and more core stuff for your back, for everything, to him was of utmost importance. I've done that maybe a little more so, just the stability there with the core. Other than that, I've done a similar routine. No drastic changes.'

Footballguys view: Rivers is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the game today, and he's capable of playing through nagging injuries. Working on strengthening his core will only help him avoid those type of injuries that can happen more frequently with age.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers not rushing a deal    Mon Jul 20, 08:31 AM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has shown little urgency in signing an extension with the team.

Footballguys view: We have a feeling something will get done with Rivers when the time is right. The Chargers didn't add a quarterback in the draft, and Rivers should still have a few years left at a high level. After some pre-draft rumblings about Rivers getting dealt, it seems like there's more optimism around San Diego. Stay tuned.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen overlooked in red zone    Fri Jul 10, 09:53 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen's red zone targets fell from 19 in 2013 to 12 last year, and he caught just 18 passes that went at least 10 yards through the air a year ago compared to 29 in 2013.

Footballguys view: Allen was banged up for most of 2014, which hasn't really been priced into his 2015 draft stock. Most saw Allen as an ascendant player on the verge of WR1 status heading into last year, which got him into the third round of drafts. Now with Antonio Gates out for the first four games, Allen could easily lead the team in targets for that stretch and re-establish himself as the primary option, including in the red zone. Allen becomes a decent value if he falls to the sixth round of your draft, and a solid pick in the fifth.

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  Chargers | Ladarius Green ready to play    Thu Jul 9, 12:10 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green said he is ready to fill in for TE Antonio Gates while he serves his four-game suspension. 'I'm always ready to make plays because you never know when it's your time to go out and make them for the team,' Green said.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers talks Ladarius Green    Wed Jul 8, 06:28 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green is expected to take on an increased role in 2015, especially with the four-game suspension of fellow TE Antonio Gates. '[Green has] looked really good and he needs to be a bigger part [of the offense],' Rivers said. 'We need to have him be a weapon for us because he could be a heck of a matchup for us against some defenses.'

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