Shark Bites

Joe Lombardi has been named Chargers OC. The 49-year-old and grandson of Vince Lombardi has had 2 stints with the Saints under Sean Payton, including the past 5 seasons as QB coach. In between, Lombardi spent 2 seasons as Lions OC in 2014 and 2015. Those teams both ranked in the bottom half of the league in total yards and points. The running games were anemic, headed by Ameer Abdullah, Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. But QB Matthew Stafford topped 4,200 yards both years with 54 total TDs. This seems like a solid hire for QB Justin Herbert and the Chargers passing game.

The Chargers have named Brandon Staley their new HC. The 38-year-old has been a fast riser, going from a LBs coach in Chicago and Denver to Rams defensive coordinator to Chargers HC in just 5 years. Staley's 2020 Rams defense was better than Wade Phillips' 2019 unit in points allowed, total yards allowed, yards per play allowed and Football Outsiders' DVOA. This at least looks like a good hire for the Chargers defense. We'll see who joins Staley to run the offense.

The Chargers have fired HC Anthony Lynn. He cost his team multiple chances to win this season with poor in-game management. Lynn finishes his 4-year run with the Chargers with a 33-31 record but went just 12-20 over the past 2 seasons. Whoever takes over this team will be working with a strong core in QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler and WR Keenan Allen -- plus a talented defense.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler sustained a concussion near the end of the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. This shouldn't impact Ekeler's offseason, but it's worth filing away in case he suffers another head injury.

Chargers S Jahleel Addae (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Chiefs. He would have been the fill-in for Rayshawn Jenkins, who is also inactive.

The Chargers have ruled DE Joey Bosa (concussion), S Rayshawn Jenkins (ankle) and CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. S Jahleel Addae -- Jenkins' replacement -- is also questionable for the game after missing practice all week. We'll check his status when inactives come out Sunday.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen has been placed on the COVID list. He was already expected to miss Sunday's finale with his hamstring injury, but now he's definitely out for that one. Allen finishes the 2020 campaign with a 100-992-8 line. It snaps his 3-year streak of 1,100+ yards but marks his 3rd 100+ catch season among the last 4. Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson will close out the season as the Chargers' top 3 WRs.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn says there's a "good chance" DE Joey Bosa (concussion) misses Sunday's game in Kansas City, according to The Orange County Register. With no Bosa last week, fellow starter Melvin Ingram already on IR and backup Uchenna Nwosu landing on IR, the Chargers started Isaac Rochell and Jerry Tillery on the edges against Denver. Looks like they'll be doing the same in Week 17 against the Chiefs' JV team. There's upside to each with K.C.'s OTs potentially sitting out.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is not expected to play vs. the Chiefs this weekend, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. Allen has been battling this hamstring for a few weeks and has no reason to rush back for a meaningless finale. Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson will close out the season as the Chargers' top 3 WRs.

Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Broncos, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. HC Anthony Lynn conceded Monday that it'll be a "challenge" for Jenkins and several other injured starters to make it back for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Bet on Jahleel Addae starting in Jenkins' place against a Chiefs offense that will feature Chad Henne and some replacement wideouts. There's some upside for Addae, who managed 8 tackles, a pass breakup and a half-sack against Denver last week. Don't expect to find him high in our Week 17 DB rankings, though, for basically an unknown matchup.

2:12pm EST 12/27/20

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. That leaves Mike Williams, Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton as QB Justin Herbert’s top 3 WRs today. L.A. is also without TE Hunter Henry.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport adds that Allen is in a "similar situation" to last week, when he ended up playing just 36% of the offensive snaps and drawing 3 targets. He's a risky Week 16 fantasy play at seemingly far less than 100%.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Allen is not expected to play today. We'll continue to look for updates on the situation, but we won't get the Chargers' inactives until around 2:30 pm ET.

9:12pm EST 12/25/20

The Chargers have ruled DE Joey Bosa (shin, concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. With Melvin Ingram already on IR and Uchenna Nwosu also ruled out, the Chargers will miss their top 3 DEs. That can only help Denver's matchup.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Broncos. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. HC Anthony Lynn labeled Allen a game-time decision earlier in the week. We’ll continue to look for updates ahead of this 4:05 pm ET kickoff, but it’s safe to assume that Allen will be at less than 100% if he suits up. That makes him a risky fantasy play after he saw just 3 targets on a 36% snap share last week.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on Thursday labeled WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) a game-time decision for this weekend's tilt vs. the Broncos. Allen still has a few days to rest up -- but the takeaway here is that he's unlikely to be at 100% by Sunday. That makes him a risky fantasy play after drawing just 3 targets on a 36% snap share last week. With Allen banged up and TE Hunter Henry out, WR Mike Williams is looking like a better and better Week 16 start.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) isn't listed on the Week 16 injury report. He was limited to a 42% snap rate last Thursday night but looks set to return to his regular role vs. the Broncos on Sunday. That puts Williams back in the WR3 mix, especially with WR Keenan Allen still dealing with a bum hamstring.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. He tried to battle through this injury last Thursday night but was limited to 36% of the snaps and 3 targets. Allen will be tough to trust in Week 16 fantasy lineups if he doesn't do more in practice over the next 2 days.

7:12pm EST 12/23/20

The Chargers have placed LB Kyzir White on IR with a yet-to-be-announced injury. That clears the way for Nick Vigil to join Kenneth Murray as the team's top 2 LBs for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Chargers DE Joey Bosa is in the concussion protocol after suffering his injury in last Thursday's win over the Raiders. He played just 22% of the snaps in that one yet still collected 4 tackles. We'll see if Bosa can make it back for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Chargers WRs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are active for tonight's game against the Raiders. Williams is a surprise after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today that he wasn't expected to play. We'd still try not to use him in fantasy lineups. Allen was reportedly a game-time decision and figures to be operating at less than 100% tonight. Consider him more of a risk/reward WR2 than his usual WR1 status. Allen and Williams' presence does make QB Justin Herbert a more attractive fantasy play.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Allen and Williams will both be on a "rep count" tonight.

 
 
 

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