Branden Oliver - RBPosted 4/26/15 1:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver said he wants to break more tackles in 2015 and has spent the offseason working on his power and strength.
Huddle Up: The 5-7, 208-pound Oliver was a pleasant surprise with 853 yards from scrimmage and four TDs last season but averaged only 3.6 yards per rush. Oliver, though, figures to serve as a change-of-pace option this coming season with the Bolts expected to pick up a lead back in the draft.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/22/15 3:20pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is the team's starting quarterback, and the team intends to keep it that way for a while, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: So much for the drama of a three-way trade involving the second overall pick in the upcoming draft. Now we'll just have to wait for the Browns to start making their move.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/21/15 5:15pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been present for the start of off-season workouts this week, as expected. It is business as usual for Rivers.
Huddle Up: Rivers played through a nagging rib issue and finished ninth among all QBs with 349 fantasy points a season ago, but the trade rumors linking the 33-year-old QB with the Titans aren't going away so see where Rivers and the Bolts stand after we get through the draft.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/16/15 4:14pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he doesn't want to play as many snaps in 2015 as he did last year. 'With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,' Gates said. 'I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway.'
Huddle Up: With 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 TDs at age 34, the veteran TE enjoyed one of the best fantasy campaigns of his Hall-of-Fame career last season, but beware of some almost inevitable stat regression --particularly in the TD-catch Dept. -- as Gates averaged 7.3 scores per season over the previous six campaigns.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/15/15 9:24am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is under contract for one more season, and he has expressed a desire to play out his deal. However, the Chargers might be interested in trading up to draft University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick currently held by the TennesseeTitans. Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Chargers offensive coordinator in 2013, and offensive coordinator Jason Michael was on the San Diego staff, too.
Huddle Up: The Chargers worked out Mariota Tuesday, adding fuel to the fire. It would be an intriguing move that would immediate give Titans receivers additional fantasy value, but there are plenty of hurdles for the Chargers, who currently pick 17th, to overcome before we start speculating on Rivers-to-Justin Hunter.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 3/22/15 4:12pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver is penciled in as the starting running back at this point.
Huddle Up: The undrafted rookie impressed with 582 rushing yards, 271 receiving yards and four total TDs in 14 games -- including seven starts -- last season and he, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown currently top the depth chart. Definitely, however, expect the Bolts to add another RB or two through the draft and free agency before training camp rolls around.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/19/15 12:26am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers isn't currently thinking about a contract extension with the team, but he believes he'll play out his current contract that ends after the 2015 season. 'What I can control and all I know as of today, I am signed up for one more year,' Rivers said. 'I guess things could change, but with all the uncertainty in many aspects, I don't see it changing before camp gets here, and when camp gets here I'm even more certain to play it out.' He won't rule out playing in Los Angeles if the team moves there, but there are more appealing cities for he and his family. The Chargers could put the franchise tag on Rivers for 2016, and there is speculation brewing that San Diego is prepared for a future without Rivers.
Huddle Up: Word on the street is that the Chargers might also be considering making a run at Marcus Mariota. Whether that would require including Rivers in the trade remains to be seen, but it would certainly ease the transition for both team and player if Mariota had a year to understudy behind Rivers before taking over the team next year. It's a process similar to when the Bolts let Drew Brees leave and handed the job to Rivers.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/19/15 11:21pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers likely will not be traded even though he plans to play out his current contract, according to sources. The team wants to sign Rivers to a long-term contract and could use the franchise tag on him next offseason.
Huddle Up: In either case, expect Rivers to remain the S.D. QB for at least a couple more seasons after finishing ninth among quarterbacks with 349 fantasy points last season.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/18/15 12:04am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) has been working out nearly every day at Chargers Park, although not to the level he normally would be at this time of year. Still, he declared Tuesday, March 17, that he will be ready for the team's offseason program. There are also rumors the team could be interested in Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, and the team could be preparing for a future without Rivers. There have been no talks between the team and Rivers, and the team could conceivably place a franchise tag on him next offseason.
Huddle Up: Rivers, who will turn 34 in December, threw for 4,286 yards and 31 TDs last season but also tied for the league lead with 18 interceptions and has thrown 64 picks over the last four seasons. The Bolts also have had only two playoff berths and one postseason win over the last six seasons so they may indeed be mapping out the road ahead.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 3/12/15 11:42am ET
Free-agent WR Eddie Royal (Chargers) is going to sign with the Chicago Bears, a source said. He has familiarity with QB Jay Cutler from their time in Denver, and he also is familiar with members of the coaching staff.
Huddle Up: Royal, the perennial mid-season fantasy tease, is switching addresses and would be a good complement to Alshon Jeffery after coming off the second-best season (62-778-7) of his career this past year in S.D.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 3/12/15 8:08pm ET
Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) signed a three-year, $11.5 million deal Thursday, March 12 with the Philadelphia Eagles despite the team also agreeing on a deal with fellow FA DeMarco Murray.
Huddle Up: After five up-and-down seasons in San Diego, Mathews was all set to become the new lead back in Chip Kelly's offense until the team ponied up to add the 2014 NFL rushing leader. That knocks Mathews down to backup value, but he's a solid handcuff given Murray's own injury track record -- particularly coming off a 449-touch season.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 3/11/15 10:02am ET
Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) will visit the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, March 11.
Huddle Up: An intriguing development, as Chip Kelly's offense does require a talented back. Mathews' receiving numbers would drop with Darren Sproles as the pass-catching back, and he does have durability issues, but if he were to stay healthy in LeSean McCoy's former role he'd be a fantasy rock star.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 3/11/15 3:34pm ET
Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year, $11.5 million deal Wednesday, March 11, according to a source. The deal includes $5 million in guarantees.
Huddle Up: If the notoriously fragile Mathews is able to stay healthy in Philly he has tremendous fantasy upside. However, Philly is still reportedly pursuing DeMarco Murray so Mathews' fantasy value remains unsettled.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 2/22/15 5:33pm ET
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent RB Ryan Mathews' reps are scheduled to meet with the Chargers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Mathews is facing a tough market after rushing for a career-low 330 yards in eight games due to injuries -- and that's on top of the glut of free-agent backs and the well-stocked 2015 RB draft class.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 2/20/15 4:55pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the team will have discussions on a contract extension at an appropriate time, but no discussions are scheduled for this week according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: Rivers' current 6-year deal runs through this season, and an extension would essentially tie the 33-year-old QB to the Bolts for the rest of his career.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 2/11/15 12:05am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) said he doesn't need surgery to repair the bulging disk in his back. 'At this point, the back injury is not requiring surgery,' Rivers said. 'We'll kind of revisit it in a month or so. But everything is improving. I'm back to my regular workouts and running around. Me and my wife played a little tennis the other day. I've hit the golf ball a few times, so I'm actually on the up and up. So I'm pretty excited.'
Huddle Up: No postseason berth and a month-and-a-half away from the weekly NFL grind can do wonders, and it looks like the 33-year-old Rivers could enter his 12th pro season in 2015 without having to go under the knife. Stay tuned ...
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 1/18/15 11:45pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers will not play in the 2015 Pro Bowl, even though a roster spot has opened up.
Huddle Up: Yeah, don't think anybody thought Rivers was Pro Bowl-bound after he gutted out the back issues, namely a bulging disc, that plagued him the latter part of the season.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 1/13/15 11:32pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates put up a very strong year in 2014 despite being written off as being too old just several seasons earlier. 'I don't even understand,' offensive coordinator Frank Reich said last month. 'I don't understand how there's no physical drop-off in his game. None. I mean, I never saw him when he was 25, but what he does off the line of scrimmage, how crafty he is and the physical skill to execute how smoothly he runs -- maybe he slowed down, but I just don't see it. I don't see any dent in the armor.' Gates' contract runs through next season, and he plans to honor it. Gates passed Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards in franchise history this year, and he also became just the fourth tight end in history to move past 10,000 career receiving yards.
Huddle Up: Yeah, remember last summer when Ladarius Green was poised to take over as the Bolts' No. 1 TE? In the meantime, all the 34-year-old Gates did was rack up 69 receptions for 821 yards and 12 TDs -- the second-highest single-season total of his Hall of Fame career -- and finish second to Rob Gronkowski with 154 fantasy points.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 1/2/15 12:16am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the team will work on a long-term deal, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Rivers is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. Telesco noted he wants Rivers to retire as a Charger.
Huddle Up: Rivers, who will turn 34 next December, figures to land one final deal that will allow him to finish his career in San Diego. Playing with a bad back for much of the latter half of the season and tying for the league lead with 19 interceptions, Rivers still had one of his better campaigns with 4,286 yards and 31 TD tosses.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/26/14 6:54pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed practice again Friday, Dec. 26 and has been ruled out of the Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Mathews will miss a third straight game, leaving the Sunday RB chores to rookie Branden Oliver and Donald Brown -- likely in order of usage.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/24/14 1:13am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: The Chargers are hopeful of getting Mathews back after a two-game absence, but even if he does, he's going to be tough to trust as a championship-week fantasy starter.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/23/14 12:41am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back), who is playing with a bulging disc in his back, isn't dealing with a career-threatening injury if he continues to play, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers is expected to play in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he may sit out of practice Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, to rest.
Huddle Up: With a number of QB situations unsettled going into Week 17, Rivers is certainly a strong final-week fantasy option as he will be counted on heavily in another must-win game for the Chargers.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/22/14 5:12pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) will play Sunday, Dec. 28, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back.
Huddle Up: Rivers has been playing through pain but with the Chargers still in the playoff mix, he'll continue to gut it out. Rivers has a tough matchup against the Chiefs this week.
Ryan Mathews - WRPosted 12/22/14 8:00pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) could return to the lineup for Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Mathews has missed the last two games with a severe ankle sprain, and he hasn't practiced at all since his injury.
Huddle Up: Mathews would seem to be a much better bet to play than Allen and his broken collarbone but check the practice status of both players throughout the week.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/19/14 10:38am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) looked good throwing the ball in the practice Thursday, Dec. 18, according to head coach Mike McCoy. 'Philip had an outstanding day,' McCoy said. 'A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today. Philip was Philip, so he'll be ready to roll.'
Huddle Up: We've been hearing the "Rivers is hurt" talk for a couple weeks now, but for championship week it appears all systems are go for him to be in the lineup as per usual.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/19/14 6:35pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) have been ruled out for Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: As expected neither Mathews or Allen will play, but there is no one clear fantasy benefactor at either position.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/18/14 10:12am ET
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.
Huddle Up: Rivers has played through a torn ACL before, so playing through a back injury seems like par for the course for him. However, you have to think such an injury impacts Rivers' effectiveness; so does losing Keenan Allen to a busted collarbone.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/18/14 5:51pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Mathews is still unable to get on the field so expect a second straight inactive designation Saturday night when the Bolts visit the Niners.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/17/14 4:38pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Mathrews has missed both of the Bolts' practices so far this week, and it's very much starting to look like he'll miss a second straight game. With the Chargers playing on Saturday, though, Thursday's practice will be the most important of the week, so see if Mathews is able to get on the field.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/17/14 6:44pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) took part in a walkthrough Wednesday, Dec. 17, but didn't take part in practice, but he fully expects to play in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers. 'At this point in the week I think there's no doubt,' Rivers said. TE Antonio Gates said Rivers has been dealing with a 'very severe rib injury' in mid-November. Rivers has started 142 straight games, and he thinks sitting out practice this week will help him play this weekend.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Rivers will be out there Saturday night, but his stock is lowered this week given his recent slump and the the loss of top WR Keenan Allen to injury.
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