Shark Bites

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) expects to be ready in plenty of time for training camp. That's been the expectation considering his torn ACL came in early September. He'll be nearly 11 months removed when camp opens. Allen has already resumed running and cutting. Turning just 25 in April, he's a strong bet to bounce back from the knee injury. The bigger concern for Allen is volume in what's become a loaded Chargers passing attack.

The Chargers have agreed to terms with RB Kenjon Barner. He's now bounced around to 3 different teams in 5 NFL seasons and has totaled just 331 yards on 77 touches. If this is all the Chargers plan on adding to the backfield, RB Melvin Gordon is in for huge volume in 2017.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is excited about RB Melvin Gordon's potential. “I’ve watched some tape on him,” Lynn said. “Man, he has some upside. He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We’re going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him.” Lynn has no head-coaching experience. But he played 6 seasons of RB in the NFL and has spent the last 17 years coaching. He helped the Bills to back-to-back #1 finishes in rushing yards the past 2 seasons. Prior to that, he was with the Jets, who ranked top 6 in rushing in 4 of Lynn's 6 seasons. There's certainly room for Gordon to build on his breakout 2016 campaign under Lynn's tutelage.

Chargers WR Travis Benjamin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the season, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. It was presumably to address the sprained PCL Benjamin suffered in Week 6. He played in 8 of the final 10 games but topped 56 yards in just 1 of those. He did so in 3 of his first 6 games. A healthier Benjamin will be a boon to San Diego's offense in 2017, but he might have trouble besting this past year's 47-677-4 line. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams figure to sit ahead of Benjamin on the depth chart going forward.

The knee injury that ended Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's season in Week 14 was a sprained PCL, according to insider Michael Gehlken. Gordon also suffered a hip injury that we still don't know much about. He was in attendance for Pro Bowl practices this past week, though. He didn't play in the game, but the fact that he was on the practice field means he should be a full-go for the offseason program. Gordon enjoyed a breakout 2016 campaign, ranking 4th among RBs in PPR points through his 13 healthy weeks. He'll return as the Chargers' lead back in 2017, although his fantasy value will be impacted by whether free-agent RB Danny Woodhead is re-signed.

On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.

The Chargers have fired HC Mike McCoy. He went 28-38 in his 4-year tenure, including just 9 wins over the past 2 seasons. And a bunch of those were ugly, late-game meltdowns. Whoever takes over in San Diego will have an aging-but-still-effective QB in Philip Rivers and a young group of talented skill-position guys in Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry.

Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Chiefs. That doesn't alter the San Diego team defense outlook. Jatavis Brown is the best tackle bet.

Chargers WR Travis Benjamin is inactive for today's game vs. the Chiefs. He wasn't on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Benjamin finishes his 1st season in San Diego with a 47-677-4 line in 14 outings.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) is out for Sunday's finale against the Chiefs. He pushed to get back on the field -- needing 3 more rushing yards for 1,000 -- but the team is wisely holding him out. Gordon's absence leaves San Diego with RBs Ronnie Hillman and Andre Williams, 1 of the crappiest backfields in NFL history.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry will be "featured" in 2017, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, despite TE Antonio Gates' plan to return for another season. Henry played behind Gates this year but turned in an impressive campaign at a tough position for rookies. Henry hauled in 32 of 48 targets (66.7%) for 349 yards (13.7 YPC) and 7 TDs. He'll carry top-10 upside in 2017 fantasy drafts -- and Gates' return could keep his ADP down.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. It looks like he at least has a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend. Gordon is just 3 rushing yards away from 1,000.

Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow has been placed on IR with the shoulder injury he suffered in Saturday's loss to the Browns. The undrafted rookie averaged just 3.2 yards per carry on 60 totes. He'll need to battle for a roster spot this summer. RB Ronnie Hillman will operate as San Diego's feature back in the finale unless RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) returns.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Browns. We'll see if he can return for Week 17 to get the 3 more rushing yards he needs to hit 1,000. RB Kenneth Farrow is a good bet for 15+ touches vs. the 31st-ranked RB defense, making him a fine fantasy starter.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) missed another practice on Thursday. He's looking like a long shot to play against the Browns on Saturday. That'll again leave Kenneth Farrow as San Diego's lead back -- and a RB2 in fantasy vs. the league's 31st-ranked RB defense.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) did not practice on Tuesday. That's not a good start for his chances of returning for this weekend's game against the Browns. At this point, we're expecting Gordon to miss that one, again leaving the backfield to Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman.

Chargers HC Mike McCoy was non-committal Monday when asked whether RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) will return for this weekend's game against the Browns. "We'll see how it goes," McCoy said. "He's chomping at the bit to get out there ... We'll do what's best for Melvin, number one. Once he's ready to go and we get the clearance, we'll evaluate that." We don't consider Gordon any better than 50/50 to play in Sunday's meaningless game. We'll track his progress throughout the week.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates caught just 1 of 2 targets for 11 yards vs. Oakland. He out-snapped Hunter Henry 35-29, but the rookie garnered 4 targets and found the end zone. Now scoreless in 4 straight, Gates at least enters a great rebound spot this week at Cleveland.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. He’s reportedly hoping to get back on the field for the season’s final 2 weeks. Kenneth Farrow will operate as San Diego’s lead back, with Ronnie Hillman as the #2. We’re expecting 15+ touches for Farrow vs. Oakland’s 28th-ranked RB defense.

Chargers HC Mike McCoy admitted Wednesday that it's "highly unlikely" RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) plays against the Raiders this weekend. As expected. Kenneth Farrow figures to operate as San Diego's lead back after an encouraging Week 14 showing. He's a good bet for 15+ touches and is on the RB2 radar.

 
 
 

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