The Chargers have signed WR Dontrelle Inman, who was released by the Patriots over the weekend. Inman spent the first 3+ seasons of his career with the Chargers, including a 58-810-4 2016 campaign. With nothing behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin on Los Angeles' WR depth chart, Inman could quickly emerge as the #4. Even then, though, he'd need an injury to 1 of the guys in front of him to have a shot at fantasy value.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Chargers S Derwin James will have surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss "around 3 months." That timeline would return him in mid-to-late November. The Chargers play Kansas City in Mexico on Nov. 18 and then have their bye in Week 12. At this point, the Week 13 (Dec. 1) game at Denver looks like a hopeful return date for the star defender. All of this means that James doesn't belong in redraft fantasy football plans for this year. We'll see if he's a late-season waiver option. Adrian Phillips stepped in for James at Friday's practice and figures to hold down the starting job. Phillips cracked the top 30 fantasy DBs last year without a clear full-time role. He now carries top-12 upside into this season.
Chargers S Derwin James sustained a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal of his right foot, the team announced Friday. James will "continue to be evaluated and the course of treatment is still to be determined," ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. This is the Jones fracture that we've seen strike down several WRs and Greg Olsen in recent seasons. We'll see about the specific return timeline for James, but we have to expect him to miss some regular-season games at this point. Players regularly suffer setbacks when trying to return from the injury, too. This basically takes the top fantasy DB off most IDP draft boards for now. Adrian Phillips filled in for James in Friday's practice, according to Williams. Phillips immediately becomes an intriguing fantasy sleeper. He finished among the top 30 fantasy DBs last year as a S-LB hybrid.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered an ankle injury at practice this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Allen isn't expected to play in the 3 remaining preseason games but is expected to be ready for Week 1, per Schefter. We're not moving Allen in our WR rankings right now but will keep a close eye on him as we move toward the start of the season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout "is now expected to be prolonged" and "threatens" to run into the regular season. The 2 sides exchanged offers this week, but "talks are not in a good spot," per Schefter. It always seemed like Gordon's holdout would last a while. We'd still bet on him reporting before Week 1, but there's certainly a chance he misses games. And even if he shows up before the start of the season, the missed time in August would make him an increased injury risk early in the season. We just dropped Gordon down the RB rankings again.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will not report for the start of training camp today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "This should be lengthy, as talks are expected to halt and LAC will focus on the backs who are there," Rapoport tweets. Insider Tom Pelissero adds that the Chargers want to get Gordon a new deal -- but the 2 sides are obviously far apart when it comes to how much the back is worth. Gordon, who's under contract for about $5.6 million this season, will be fined for every day of camp he misses. We'll see how long this holdouts lasts. Gordon's ADP is sitting at 13th overall in Draft.com best balls over the last week.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told NFL Network's Michael Silver that he's "looking for big things" from Justin Jackson. Jackson has become a much bigger fantasy story with RB Melvin Gordon's holdout threat. As a 7th-round rookie last year, Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 50 attempts and 9.0 yards per catch on 15 grabs. In the 3 games Gordon missed and Austin Ekeler played in, Ekeler out-touched Jackson 52 to 21. But that split could shrink this season if Jackson takes a step forward. It'll be a situation to monitor, especially if Gordon's holdout extends deep into August.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has informed the team that he won't report to training camp and will demand a trade if he doesn't receive a new contract, his agent told ESPN. Gordon is set to make $5.6 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal. The Chargers currently have a little less than $11 million in available salary cap space, according to OverTheCap.com, so they could make a new deal with Gordon work. We'll see how much they're willing to give up to get him back in the building. If Gordon holds out into the regular season or is traded, the Chargers would be left with RBs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.
"He looks awesome. He feels really good. He looks to be in great shape." That's what Chargers DC Gus Bradley had to say this week at OTAs about DE Joey Bosa, according to Joe Reedy of The Associated Press. But then the player conceded that he's still dealing with pain in the left foot that cost him 9 games last season. "It's not causing a limp or anything," Bosa said. "It's just there. It's just something I notice. It's been getting better all offseason, so I could definitely see by camp or maybe even next year where it kind of starts fading away. Once you get into season, it gets pretty intense. So we'll see." We don't want to worry too much about the foot right now, especially if Bosa's taking part in OTAs. But we certainly can't ignore the situation either. We'll be watching this as closely as any other IDP situation. Bosa sits near the top of our 2019 DL rankings at the moment.
The Patriots have signed WR Dontrelle Inman to a 1-year deal. The 30-year-old caught 28 balls in 9 appearances with the Colts last year and has a 58-catch season on his resume back in 2016 with the Chargers. In New England, Inman will compete with Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas and Maurice Harris for snaps behind Julian Edelman and 1st-round rookie N'Keal Harry.
The Chargers nabbed North Dakota State QB Easton Stick in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Stick followed Carson Wentz as the Bisons' starter, completing 61% of his passes, averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and tossing 88 TDs vs. 28 INTs over the past 4 seasons. He ranked just 33rd in this year's QB class in adjusted completion rate last year, according to Pro Football Focus, but was 3rd best on throws of 20+ yards. Stick is also a plus athlete, totaling 2,523 yards and 41 TDs on the ground at North Dakota State. He recorded a 92nd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Stick will attempt to develop into QB Philip Rivers' success in Los Angeles.
The Chargers selected Delaware S Nasir Adderley in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. L.A. chose Derwin James in the middle of Round 1 last year and got a strong rookie year from him. But Jahleel Addae, the last season's other starter, is no longer on the roster. That presents opportunity for Adderley to start right away. Adderley grabbed 4 INTs and defensed 7 passes in 2018.
The Chargers grabbed Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery late in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Tillery put together some nice tape with the Irish, but he topped out at just 9 tackles for loss in 2017. Don't expect big fantasy numbers from Tillery, but there is upside.
QB Tyrod Taylor has inked a 2-year deal with the Chargers. He'll serve as a strong backup to QB Philip Rivers but obviously holds no value in 2019 fantasy football drafts. Taylor will be 31 when this contract expires.
The Chargers will be signing LB Thomas Davis, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Davis joins a crowded LB corps that will continue to start Denzel Perryman after re-signing him. Jatavis Brown figures to return to a backup role. We'll see how 2019 rookie Kyzir White fits in. Davis turns 36 on March 22 but remained a full-time player after returning from his season-opening PED suspension. We'll see how the Chargers sort out the corps. They haven't favored playing any LB at 100% in recent seasons. Davis' departure could allow LB Shaq Thompson to regain full playing time in Carolina. He's in the final year of his rookie contract.
LB Denzel Perryman has reached a new 2-year deal to remain with the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Perryman has lost 16 games to injury over the past 2 seasons. When on the field, he has generally been a less-than-full-time player. Last year, however, saw him grow to 75% to 87% in 5 of the 8 full games he played. Perryman carries LB3 potential for tackle-heavy IDP leagues.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is active for today's game against the Patriots. He was a full-go in practice all week but still figures to be on a strict snap count in his 1st action game action since May's torn ACL. That said, there's some upside here vs. a New England defense that finished the regular season 26th in Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed to TEs.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He put in a full week of practice and is seemingly on track to play after being activated from the PUP list on Monday. Assuming he's active, Henry will be on a snap count in his 1st action since May's torn ACL.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He was never missing this weekend's game against the Patriots but won't be anywhere close to 100%. Gordon has sprained both knees and twisted an ankle over the past month and a half. He's a risky DFS play this week. We prefer the cheaper Austin Ekeler.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes the injury Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered in Sunday's win over the Ravens as "a little knee sprain." Rapoport adds that it's similar to the right knee injury he suffered in Week 12. That cost him 3 games -- but Gordon returned to Sunday's contest in Baltimore and is expected to play against the Patriots this weekend. "Just may not exactly look like his old self," Rapoport cautions. Gordon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry vs. the Ravens and was out-snapped 39 to 32 by Austin Ekeler. Don't be surprised if Ekeler plays an expanded role again this weekend.
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