Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 9/15/14 1:27pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source. Mathews could miss four to five weeks, although he's hoping to return before that.
Huddle Up: Donald Brown will replace Mathews and he should see roughly 15 touches a game. Brown is a high-priority waiver wire addition this week.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 9/15/14 3:20pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown is likely to fill the void as the team's every-down running back with RB Ryan Mathews (knee) sidelined.
Huddle Up: Brown will see 15-20 carries a game, depending on the flow. When the Chargers are behind and have to pass, Woodhead will be on the field more, just as he is when Mathews is healthy. Either way, Brown is going to have a big role while Mathews is out and deserves to be added in all leagues.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 9/14/14 8:14pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is scheduled to undergo an MRI for his injured knee, according to a source. There is concern he might have a sprained medial collateral ligament.
Huddle Up: Mathews was carted off in the third quarter and the injury didn't look good. Donald Brown would see an expanded role if Mathews is out long-term. Brown will be a top waiver wire pickup this week.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 9/10/14 9:18am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd finished with four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 in his first game since suffering a career-threatening neck injury last September.
Huddle Up: Floyd capitalized on being the alternative to the Patrick Peterson-covered Keenan Allen; so long as he can stay healthy, there's fantasy value in that role going forward.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/9/14 2:35pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates had a game-high six receptions with a team-high 81 yards in the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals, while fellow TE Ladarius Green managed just two grabs for 24 yards.
Huddle Up: After all these years, fantasy GMs should know better than to sell the 34-year-old Gates short, and if he's playing he'll usually be as involved as anyone in the Bolts' pass-catching mix.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/8/14 10:02pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Gates will play if you need him, but meanwhile, it's not the best of news for Ladarius Green owners who will now see their man share the TE targets tonight.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/6/14 9:10pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) was limited in practice Saturday, Sept. 6.
Huddle Up: Gates is listed as questionable but should play against Arizona. The Cardinals struggled to defend tight ends last year but Gates is still no more than a TE2 for Week 1.
Jeromey Clary - OGPosted 9/2/14 3:09pm ET
San Diego Chargers OG Jeromey Clary (shoulder, hip) underwent hip surgery around a week ago, and his status for the 2014 season is uncertain, according to sources. Clary has undergone two hip surgeries in the past three months.
Huddle Up: A big part of San Diego's offensive success last season was improved and consistent play along the offensive line. Johnnie Troutman will step in for Clary--not ideal, but at least he's a familiar face for the Chargers.
Vincent Brown - WRPosted 9/2/14 3:09pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Sunday, Aug. 31, after he was waived/injured Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Stunning development for a wideout with tons of potential and an equally impressive injury history. Looks like those waiting for Brown to finally live up to the hype can now circle 2015 on their calendar.
Vincent Brown - WRPosted 8/30/14 10:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: A former third-round pick, Brown was never the same after an ankle injury cost him the 2012 season. Last year Brown caught 41 passes for 472 yards and one score. Brown is off the fantasy radar regardless of where he ends up.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 8/8/14 12:31am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver had seven carries for 64 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown run, in the first half of the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 7. Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune believes Oliver's strong performance could put RB Marion Grice in jeopardy of missing the roster.
Huddle Up: The undrafted rookie out of Buffalo certainly looked impressive -- even considering the woeful Dallas D -- but he's faces a long road to meaningful playing time with Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown stacked atop the Chargers' RB depth chart.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 8/2/14 12:06am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen has shown more speed during training camp, which should help him get past defenders faster, according to CB Shareece Wright. 'It just makes him a more powerful threat when he's that good at the line and has speed behind it,' Wright said. 'A lot of times, he will win at the line, but when you've got recovery speed, you can make up for that. Now that he's faster, it's not going to be as easy to make up once you lose at the line. He's going to be open on more of his routes.'
Huddle Up: Allen caught 71 passes as a rookie but only two were beyond 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. Some of that was because of the offensive scheme but the added speed only makes Allen a more dangerous offensive weapon. He's on the cusp of being a WR1 heading into the 2014 season depending on your scoring system.
Vincent Brown - WRPosted 7/31/14 8:53pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) wore a protective boot Thursday, July 31, after sitting out the team's last five practices.
Huddle Up: Brown needs to find a way past this injury and get back on the field as he's fighting for a spot in the Bolts' regular WR rotation after his ho-hum 41-472-1 season a year ago.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 7/31/14 11:47pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown returned kicks in practice Thursday, July 31.
Huddle Up: You wouldn't think Brown received the big free-agent $$$ to serve as a kickoff-return specialist, particularly since he's only had one career kick return (for 21 yards) in his 5 seasons in Indy. See if it continues as the preseason progresses.
Larry English - LBPosted 7/22/14 6:56pm ET
The San Diego Chargers released LB Larry English on Tuesday, July 22.
Huddle Up: Maybe the only surprise here is that the 2009 first-round pick lasted this long, totaling only 11 sacks and 82 tackles in 5 seasons.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 7/22/14 7:02pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Take it as a definite sign Woodhead still figures heavily in the Bolts' RB plans after logging career highs in both rushes (106) and receptions (76) last season. And with the Chargers signing free agent Donald Brown to a 3-year, $10.5 million deal this offseason, you have to really wonder about the S.D. future of Ryan Mathews, whose 4-year contract is up after this season.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 7/16/14 7:19pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said it was good that he was able to work with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts and is looking forward to the start of training camp. 'I think it's good for Philip, good for me to get that trust back,' he said. 'It's good for us to go through these plays right now so in training camp it'll be fluid and then you can run the plays without thinking,' Floyd said. He said he is not concerned about the neck injury he suffered last season and considered it a fluke event. Floyd was considered one of the top performers during the workouts.
Huddle Up: Floyd has developed into a reliable fantasy contributor and will offer Rivers an alternative should Keenan Allen be covered. He's not a go-to guy, but you can plug Floyd into a bye-week hole without embarrassment.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 7/15/14 7:30pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said he is confident he is healthy heading into 2014. "I'm confident right now," Floyd said. "I don't have any doubts in my mind right now. It was just a fluke event."
Huddle Up: Floyd has slipped to the fantasy back-burner due to the 2013 injury absence and advancing age (he'll be in 33 in Sept.), but the veteran could very easily re-gain his starting gig with the remainder of the Bolts' WR corps unproven and inconsistent outside of Keenan Allen.
Brandon Flowers - CBPosted 7/8/14 4:06pm ET
San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers said he believes he is the top cornerback in the NFL. 'First off, let me just say I'm the best corner in football,' Flowers said. 'Let's get that clear. Don't let my injuries last year fool you, or take my name from the top list.'
Huddle Up: Flowers is certainly better than your average CB, fresh off his first Pro Bowl season and having made at least 13 starts in each of his 6 NFL campaigns, but the "best corner in football" wouldn't just be let go in mid-June -- free to sign with a division rival -- by a team still looking to shore up pass-coverage issues after surrendering the eight-most passing yards (3,962) in the league last season.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 6/25/14 3:14pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. He will carry an estimated salary-cap charge of $8.262 million in 2015 and leave the Chargers on the hook for $2.362 million in dead money, should they choose to release Gates. Cutting him will save the team $5.9 million against their 2015 cap. Gates will be 35 years old entering the 2015 season, and the Chargers reportedly want to increase TE Ladarius Green's role in 2014.
Huddle Up: There's little question Gates is on the downslope of his outstanding NFL career, and that Green is San Diego's future at the position. However, the transition may not come as quickly as Green's fantasy backers are expecting as Gates still has a little something left in the tank.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 6/18/14 11:32am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews showed quick cuts and bursts while running at minicamp Tuesday, June 17. He also appears to have added muscle in the offseason, and he's weighing 222 pounds, which is up seven pounds from last August.
Huddle Up: Mathews was an underappreciated fantasy contributor last season after a couple years of disappointing his owners. Expectations haven't been raised too high, and if Mathews' additional bulk allows him to stay on the field he'll be a value fantasy contributor again this year.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 6/5/14 7:48pm ET
San Diego Chargers WRs Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Tevin Reese, Brelan Chancellor, Javontee Herndon and RB Marion Grice will compete to return kickoffs and punts.
Huddle Up: With Allen having solidified himself as the Bolts' No. 1 wideout, it's hard to envision the team risking his health by having him serve as any kind of regular kick returner.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 6/4/14 4:48pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen believes he is faster than last year and fully healthy after knee issues which made him sluggish in the offseason and starting off the year. Allen said his primary focus has been improving his speed.
Huddle Up: A speedier Allen is an enticing fantasy option, on the heels of his solid rookie effort last year.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 5/28/14 12:29am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not present at organized team activities Tuesday, May 27, so RBs Danny Woodhead, Donald Brown and Branden Oliver took handoffs and caught passes instead.
Huddle Up: Don't get too excited as this wasn't a mandatory practice. Chargers coach Mike McCoy certainly isn't, even though he refused to say why the starting RB didn't show.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 5/28/14 11:27am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said he has been fully cleared for contact by doctors.
Huddle Up: Floyd has been a fringe fantasy contributor in San Diego, and the Chargers would prefer he remain no better than a third receiver behind Keenan Allen and Vincent Brown. On the bright side, he's healthy... for now.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 5/20/14 12:17pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) is expecting to return to play in 2014, according to team and league sources. "The doc said "I'm at risk just like anybody else," Floyd said. "There's not really a worry. As far as going out there and performing, I'm really excited to make plays again. Hopefully, I can do more this year than I ever have. I'm feeling good. I think I feel like my old self."
Huddle Up: Floyd reeled in a career-high 56 passes for 814 yards and 5 scores in his last full season in 2012 and would be a good complement to 2013 rookie standout Keenan Allen, but Floyd is two years older now -- he'll be 33 when the season opens -- and is coming off a serious injury.
Lavelle Hawkins - WRPosted 4/6/14 3:36pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal with free-agent WR Lavelle Hawkins (Chargers). Some minor language in the contract is still being hashed out.
Huddle Up: Hawkins, who recorded 47 of his 71 career receptions in 2011, gives the Bucs some WR depth but look for the team to target a wideout high in the draft.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 3/20/14 7:47pm ET
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that RB Ryan Mathews remains the team's every-down back despite the signing of RB Donald Brown in free agency. "We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."
Huddle Up: Aside from receiving, Mathews is coming off a career season almost across the board, but Brown's presence figures to cut into his workload even if Mathews remains the starter and gets the majority of the carries.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 3/2/14 4:55pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd has been cleared by doctors for light weightlifting. Floyd, who is recovering from a neck injury suffered in September, resumed running about a month ago.
Huddle Up: Floyd, who will be 33 by the time the season rolls around in September, has come a long way on the comeback trail but obviously still has some work to do. His best year, though, came in his last full season (2012) when he caught 56 passes for 814 yards and 5 TDs so don't write him off just yet.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 2/22/14 9:06pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) is scheduled to meet with a spine specialist in the near future for a checkup. Floyd's status for next season is expected to become clearer in the next few weeks.
Huddle Up: Floyd has battled plenty of injuries, and at this point given the rapid ascent of Keenan Allen he'd be at best a WR2 in San Diego. Even if he's given a clean bill of health for the 2014 season, his fantasy upside is limited.
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