Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/22/15 2:40pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers are optimistic about a long-term extension. Rivers had been the subject of trade rumors prior to the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With the L.A. rumors still very much in play, the Bolts have a number of big decisions on their plate, and their post-2015 QB situation is certainly one of them. Rivers will turn 34 in December, but with a number of his contemporaries still producing at a high level in their late 30s, Philip is far from done.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 5/19/15 10:57pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's four-year rookie deal has $10.669 million guaranteed and includes a $6.019 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Even without a contract, Gordon still was able to get in some camp work in with the Bolts and is primed to be one of the first rookies off fantasy draft boards this summer.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 5/16/15 12:42am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon impressed in his first day of rookie minicamp Friday, May 15, making quick decisions at the line of scrimmage and showing good burst when he reached the second level.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick took to the field Friday after arriving and signing a four-year contract with a fifth-year option the night before. With the starting job -- and the lion's share of the carries -- all his, the former Wisconsin stud is among the early top two or three front-runners to be fantasy's highest-scoring rookie in 2015.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/3/15 4:01pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was never targeted by the Tennessee Titans, as the Chargers made clear they weren't dealing Rivers from the start.
Huddle Up: Rivers, who finished as the ninth-ranked QB with 349 fantasy points last season, enters his 10th season as the Bolts' starter but there is some dynasty and keeper league intrigue as this will be the final year of his current San Diego contract. Let's see what develops.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/30/15 12:11am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers' representatives met with the Chargers last week to discuss a possible contract extension.
Huddle Up: Plenty of posturing on both sides, with the Chargers reportedly trying to trade up to take Marcus Mariota and Rivers indicating he may be a short-timer with the franchise as he doesn't want to move his family to Los Angeles. With that dance complete, the two sides can now get down to the business of hammering out a contract extension that will keep Rivers with the Bolts for the remainder of his NFL career.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 4/30/15 10:45pm ET
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon was selected 15th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: With 2010 first-round selection Ryan Mathews bolting for Philly, the Chargers needed a RB and once Todd Gurley was drafted 10th by the Rams, they knew they needed to be aggressive to land the other top RB talent and they were, trading up two spots. S.D. ranked 31st in the league with 3.4 yards per carry, and Gordon might be able to help after averaging an NCAA-record 7.79 during his his four seasons with Wisconsin.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/28/15 4:09pm ET
According to reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers hadn't been the topic of conversations between the Chargers and other NFL teams as of Monday, April 27. There have been plenty of trade rumors surrounding Rivers this offseason, but a trade is unlikely prior to the start of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: The rumors involving the veteran QB certainly have stoked the offseason fires, but the Chargers know their best chance to win over the next few seasons hinges around retaining Rivers, who is heading into the final year of his current contract.
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.
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