Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram will play DE in the team's new 4-3 base, according to the Orange County Register. Many IDP leaguers have anticipated the move, which will at least change Ingram's position for MyFantasyLeague.com leagues this year. The DL tag adds value for a player who has overcome early-career injury struggles to play in every game the past 2 years. Ingram's 19 sacks and 39 total QB hits over that span earned him a large 4-year contract earlier this month.
The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams will miss the final 2 weeks of the offseason program with "a mild disc herniation in his lower back." He suffered the injury on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. It's unclear whether Williams is in danger of missing the start of training camp next month. Either way, it's not an ideal start for the rookie, especially considering San Diego's deep pass-catching corps.
Chargers RB Branden Oliver has been on the field for OTAs this week -- about 9 months after tearing his Achilles in a preseason game. "I feel great right now," he said. "I’m taking nothing for granted. I’m coming out and taking it one day at a time." QB Philip Rivers has liked what he's seen. "He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon)," Rivers said. Gordon is locked in as the Chargers' feature back. But Oliver has a good shot to capture the #2 spot on the depth chart. His competition is underwhelming: Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams and Kenjon Barner.
Chargers WR Mike Williams has been sidelined for nearly 2 weeks with a back injury. He went down on the 1st day of rookie minicamp with what ESPN's Eric Williams describes as "tightness." There's no indication that the issue is at all related to the fractured vertebrae that ended Williams' 2015 season. Still, the missed practice time is a concern. "I'd like to see him out there next week because he's getting behind right now, and we've got to get him back out on the field," HC Anthony Lynn said. "If he wasn't a rookie it would be different. But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field." We'll see when Williams is able to get back out there.
Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman recently had core muscle surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 6 weeks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. That timeline would cost him the rest of offseason workouts but have him back on the field for the start of OTAs. Inman turned in a career-best 58-810-4 line for an injury-ravaged Chargers offense last year. If the WR group is healthy this year, though, he figures to be 5th on the depth chart behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) has been cleared to participate in OTAs this week. He's ahead of his own schedule in his recovery from last September's torn ACL. “I actually didn’t think I’d be out here competing like this this early,” Allen said. “It is what it is. I’m feeling good." He's working now on regaining trust in the surgically repaired knee. "Anytime I can run a route without thinking about my knee it definitely (gives me) confidence," he said. Allen figures to be handled with care this spring but should be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around. Durability remains a concern, though, for a guy who's played in just 9 games over the past 2 years. And Allen will be returning to a much more crowded WR depth chart than the one he left early last season. He's going off the board as WR17 in early MFL10 drafts.
The Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the 7th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He joins a loaded offense that also includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. A scary neck injury cost Williams almost the entire 2015 campaign. But he turned in a strong 57-1,030-6 line as a sophomore and then exploded for 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 TDs this past year. Williams is a mediocre athlete who doesn’t create much separation at the top of his routes, but strong body control and hands make him dominant in contested situations. The question is whether those skills will translate to the next level against stronger DBs. Los Angeles isn’t an ideal landing spot, with loads of target competition in the short term and a QB question long term (Philip Rivers is 35).
Chargers WR Keenan Allen provided an update on his return from right ACL surgery. Recall that Allen suffered the season-ending injury back in September. “I feel amazing,” he said. “No pain, no aches. Rehab is going good. I’m just trying to keep it going.” The 25-year-old added that he’s currently about “85 percent.” The goal is for Allen to be a full-go by training camp, but the team will surely take it easy on their top WR. He’s already missed 25 total games through 4 NFL seasons.
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.
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