Ks Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo remain in a battle for the starting job with the Chargers. Sturgis made a 45-yarder but missed from 41 yards out in the preseason opener, while Aguayo hit both his XPs. “I’d love to make the decision sooner than later,” HC Anthony Lynn said. “I really would. But it’s so close right now.” Avoid this situation in fantasy drafts until we get a winner.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told ESPN's Dan Graziano that he'd like to get RB Melvin Gordon more work in the passing game this year. That's following a year that saw Gordon rack up 57 catches for 470 yards and 4 scores -- all top-9 marks among RBs. Lynn's comments are particularly noteworthy considering Gordon's target volume took a hit when RB Austin Ekeler emerged last season. He averaged 3.7 targets during Ekeler's busiest 7-game stretch vs. 6.3 in the other outings. It's tough to expect Gordon's receiving production to grow significantly from last year's 57-470-4 line. But even if he can match that, he'll safely finish inside fantasy's top 12 RBs.
Chargers WR Mike Williams has been the star of training camp so far, according to the team's official website. He had a pair of TDs in Saturday's scrimmage, plus a big play downfield in a contested-catch situation. "He's just continuing to get better and better,” QB Philip Rivers said of Williams. “Shoot, we know what Mike is capable of. It's just a matter of being out here each and every day, as he has been. He continues to make plays every day, and with those plays comes more confidence. He will be a big part of our offense." HC Anthony Lynn noted that Williams is more comfortable in the scheme with a healthy offseason under his belt. Set to play a significant role in a strong passing game, the 7th overall pick of last year's draft has some breakout potential this year. Williams is a strong value at his 14th-round ADP.
The Chargers believe CB Jason Verrett tore his right Achilles tendon during a Friday conditioning run, according to multiple reports. That would end his 3rd straight season early. Verrett tore his left ACL early in 2016 and then needed another surgery on the knee in September 2017 when the ligament failed to fully heal. Assuming the 27-year-old's status gets confirmed, his departure from the lineup would return the Chargers' secondary to last year's top 3 at CB: Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams and Desmond King. The 2017 Chargers defense delivered top-8 fantasy numbers and ranked 12th in overall team-D efficiency without Verrett.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Did it during a drill, running downfield, untouched," Schefter tweeted. Freed from Antonio Gates' shadow, Henry was a prime breakout candidate entering his 3rd NFL season. He'll now miss the entire 2018 campaign. With Virgil Green now sitting atop the depth chart, the Chargers might consider bringing Gates back. The loss of Henry dings QB Philip Rivers' fantasy outlook and frees up targets for WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.
The Chargers spent a 7th-round pick on RB Justin Jackson. The Northwestern alum spent 4 years as a workhorse, averaging 285.5 carries, 1,360 yards and 10.5 total TDs per season. Jackson added 122 receptions for 858 yards for his career, including 35 and 44 catches the past 2 years. He joins a backfield that saw Austin Ekeler flash as Melvin Gordon's #2 last season, but there's room for Jackson to battle for touches. The diminutive back ran a decent 4.52-second 40 at the Scouting Combine but crushed the explosion and agility tests: 89th percentile vert, 78th percentile broad, 85th percentile 3-cone, 93rd percentile short shuttle. Jackson will be worth watching this summer and beyond and belongs on the dynasty radar late in rookie drafts.
The Chargers picked up USC EDGE player Uchenna Nwosu in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Nwosu delivered 9.5 sacks among 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He also defensed a whopping 13 passes. Pro Football Focus credited him with the class' most QB hits and batted passes. We'll see whether the Chargers view Nwosu as an OLB in their 4-3 base front or a DE.
The Chargers grabbed Florida State S Derwin James with the 17th pick of the NFL Draft, a player most throught would leave the board inside the top 10. James finished both of his full healthy seasons as Pro Football Focus' top-graded safety. He should see an immediate starting role in an already-strong D.
QB Geno Smith has agreed to terms with the Chargers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Smith infamously got 1 start in place of Eli Manning in his lone season with the Giants, when then-HC Ben McAdoo controversially benched the veteran. Smith did little, just as he did across 4 years with the Jets. He’ll now join his 3rd NFL team, a move that likely won’t alter any QB plans the Chargers might have for the upcoming NFL Draft
Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is active for today’s game against the Raiders. The hamstring issue adds risk, but there’s also significant tackle upside. Weigh both in considering your IDP options
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is active for today's must-win game against the Raiders. He’s gutting it out at less than 100%, making him a risk/reward Week 17 fantasy play.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) will play against the Raiders today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon was optimistic about his status all along and got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. But Rapoport confirms that Gordon is dealing with a "mild" high-ankle sprain and says there was "doubt" early in the week whether he'd be able to play. So it's safe to say that he won't be at 100% today and is at risk of an in-game aggravation. It makes Gordon more of a risk/reward RB2 than his usual RB1.
Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He'll carry upside into that one if active, but the hammy makes him tough to use in IDP lineups even if Perryman starts. The Chargers have also ruled out S Adrian Phillips (ankle).
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Raiders after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He’s been optimistic about his availability all along. We’ll look for an update on Gordon Sunday morning. Chargers-Raiders doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.
The Chargers listed RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) as limited in Thursday's practice. The media didn't see him doing much during the open portion of practice. But it looks like he's serious about playing through his ankle injury this weekend. We'll get another update on Gordon's progress tomorrow.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. The team's plan has been to test that injured ankle on Friday. Gordon has remained optimistic that he'll play against the Raiders this weekend, but we'd consider him no better than 50/50 at this point.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon vowed Wednesday, "I'll be ready to play" against the Raiders on Sunday, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. His coach isn't quite so sure yet. “He’s day-to-day,” HC Anthony Lynn said. “If it’s something he can play with, then he’ll play. But right now we won’t know until the end of the week.” Gordon is dealing with a sprained left ankle. We'll track his progress throughout the week.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is "optimistic" that he'll be able to play against the Raiders this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon is believed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but swelling has reportedly been minimal. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status throughout the week. If he ends up active on Sunday, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy play. If not, Branden Oliver will be a RB2 option as the Chargers' lead back.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his ankle late in Sunday's win over the Jets. HC Anthony Lynn didn't have an update afterward, saying that they'll need to monitor Gordon throughout the week. That suggests at least some question about his availability for the regular-season finale vs. Oakland. With RB Austin Ekeler's broken hand, Branden Oliver would be left as the Chargers' lead back if Gordon can't go.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will play through his broken hand today vs. the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. But he'll only play on special teams. Branden Oliver will assume #2 RB duties, but Melvin Gordon will dominate backfield touches.
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