Hunter Henry - TEPosted 4/29/16 8:21pm ET
The San Diego Chargers selected Arkansas TE Hunter Henry with the No. 35 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29.
Huddle Up: The Razorbacks' standout is the near-unanimous choice as the draft's top tight end, and to the surprise of few, he was swooped up by the Bolts, who were in need the position with Ladarius Green leaving in free agency and Antonio Gates turning 36 in June.
Tom Telesco - GMPosted 4/25/16 10:47am ET
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said the coaching staff has been talking about how to improve the run game, and they are going to 'strip it down and start over,' possibly with a new scheme.
Huddle Up: Whether it was the line or the scheme or Melvin Gordon or some combination of all of the above, the San Diego ground game didn't work last season. Perhaps a rebuild is a good thing.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 4/21/16 5:14pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he was terrible in his rookie season, and he has something to prove in 2016. In addition to having a full season under his belt, Gordon says being able to train in the offseason is a major advantage. He knows the system. He knows his teammates. Perhaps most importantly, he's on hand for day one of the offseason program.
Huddle Up: Gordon, the 15th overall pick a year ago, was a big bust, accumulating 833 total yards in 14 games and, shockingly. failing to score a touchdown. The Bolts, though, are definitely going to keep giving him every chance to succeed, and he'll come at a much cheaper draft price so take a flyer if you're feeling lucky and see what develops.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 4/19/16 1:21pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (kidney) completed his first day of voluntary workouts Monday, April 18. He is looking to cut weight this offseason and add speed.
Huddle Up: Allen was well on his way toward making his third NFL season his best NFL season before a lacerated kidney cut things short after eight games. Keep him firmly in mind as a low-end WR1 candidate in drafts this summer.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 3/24/16 10:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green will give the team a vertical threat at the position that retired TE Heath Miller didn't give them. 'He'll bring us a dimension at tight end that we really haven't had,' general manager Kevin Colbert said. 'Heath was a great receiver, a great blocker. He wasn't really a stretch the field guy. Ladarius gives you that added dimension of speed, he'll have to work on his blocking to get caught up to where we need him to be. But the speed and vertical threat at tight end is really something we haven't had.'
Huddle Up: Green should do well simply getting out of Antonio Gates' sizable shadow, and a vertical threat down the middle of the field would really help ease the loss of suspended wideout Martavis Bryant. He'll be popular TE sleeper this summer.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 3/18/16 3:20pm ET
Free-agent RB Donald Brown (Chargers) has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Friday, March 18.
Huddle Up: With free-agents LeGarrette Blount and Steven Jackson unsigned for now, Brown joins a N.E. RB corps headed by James White, Brandon Bolden and Dion Lewis, who is recovering from an ACL tear. Brown brings some valuable pass-blocking and ball-security skills, but the Patriots' backfield appears destined to enter the season as a fantasy quagmire/mystery once again.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
Free-agent RB Donald Brown (Chargers) agreed to terms with the New England Patriots Wednesday, March 16. Details of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Brown is likely competition for Dion Lewis, or perhaps insurance should Lewis not return quickly from the injury that prematurely ended his 2015 campaign. If Lewis is slow to return, Brown makes a sneaky fantasy investment.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 3/10/16 8:52am ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Ladarius Green (Chargers) agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 9. The deal is for four years and has $4.75 million in guaranteed money, with a max value of $20 million. The cap hit for the 2016 is just $2.44 million.
Huddle Up: With Heath Miller retiring the Steelers had an opening for a security blanket tight end, and Green should capably fill that role. He likely tired of waiting for an opening in San Diego, especially with Antonio Gates already re-upping for yet another season. Miller was an occasional fantasy contributor in his role in Pittsburgh; Green should provide something similar, though his upside is limited in an offense that also needs to feature Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 3/6/16 10:52pm ET
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent TE Ladarius Green could draw interest from the New York Jets in free agency, according to Brian Costello of The New York Post.
Huddle Up: Green had a career-high 37 catches for 419 yards and four TDs last season sharing time with Antonio Gates, and those numbers could see a bump if he becomes the unquestioned No. 1 TE with a team like the Jets.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 2/21/16 2:04pm ET
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent TE Antonio Gates will begin contract talks with the team at the NFL Scouting Combine late this week.
Huddle Up: Gates will turn 36 this offseason and is clearly trending downward -- going from 872 to 821 to 630 yards over the last three seasons -- but still has some definite veteran value at a reduced salary.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 2/14/16 7:08pm ET
San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon and the Chargers' running game will be the top priority for offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt next season. Whisenhunt said the one thing that stands out based on last season is that the Chargers need to run the football better, adding that an improved running game will help open up play-action passes and the rest of the offense as a whole.
Huddle Up: Hand in hand with Gordon's disappointing rookie season, the Chargers finished 30th in the league with 84.9 yards per game and ranked dead last with 3.5 yards per carry, so there's definitely nowhere to go but up.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 2/12/16 1:07am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's pass-catching ability impressed offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt this past season.
Huddle Up: Amid a disappointing rookie season, Gordon did latch on to 33 of his 37 targets which resulted in 11 more receptions than he had in four years at Wisconsin.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 2/2/16 6:00pm ET
San Diego Chargers TEs Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green, David B. Johnson and John Phillips will all become free agents if they are not re-signed by March 9. Gates is expected to return, however.
Huddle Up: Gates, who will turn 36 this season, isn't the force he used to be, but he's still a talented and trusted weapon for Philip Rivers so look for him to sign a cap-friendly deal that will close out his NFL career.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 1/26/16 10:17pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers considered retirement after the 2014 season when he dealt with rib and back injuries. He eventually signed a four-year contract extension last August, and Rivers now says he feels far better this offseason than last. 'This year, physically, I'm great. Emotionally, it's been rough, but I'm excited -- I really am excited about who the new core is going to be. I'm excited to be part of that group. I'm waiting for it, kind of letting them take it. ... It's not going to be the buddies I came with; they're going to be gone,' Rivers said.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old QB hit career highs in attempts (661), completions (437) and yards (4,792) while throwing for 29 TDs and 13 interceptions, and certainly sounds no worse from wear.
Mike McCoy - HCPosted 1/8/16 11:29pm ET
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy received a contract extension through the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: There were some serious questions about McCoy's future following the team's worst finish (4-12) since 2003, but McCoy will return for at least a fourth season to work with Philip Rivers and Co.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 1/5/16 9:12am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is scheduled to have surgery on his torn knee cartilage. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Huddle Up: The Chargers shut down Gordon early, though you may not have noticed because he wasn't doing much in his rookie season anyway. He may miss some minicamps but this should not prevent him from being ready for the start of the 2016 season.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 1/5/16 11:30pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers led the league with 661 pass attempts this season -- the most since Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw an all-time record 727 times in 2012. His 661 attempts were also the sixth most all time in one season.
Huddle Up: With the Bolts' ground game a non-factor all season, Rivers finished with career highs in attempts, completions (437) and yards (4,792) while tossing 29 TD passes and 13 interceptions to finish 10th among fantasy QBs. Having just turned 34, Rivers should have a year or two of big numbers left in him.
Dontrelle Inman - WRPosted 12/25/15 1:23am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman finished with eight catches on 13 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in a 23-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Inman stepped up to pace the Bolts' depleted WR corps, which was missing Stevie Johnson again, to post his best fantasy numbers of the season. Definitely a player to consider if you're desperate for WR help in Week 17.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 12/24/15 7:42pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is officially active for the Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Green is getting a green light, but he's only managed a combined eight receptions for 88 yards and no scores over his last five games.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 12/24/15 7:42pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (groin) has been declared inactive for the Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders along with OT Jeff Linkenbach, OT King Dunlap, LB Kyle Emanuel, DL Sean Lissemore, CB Steve Williams and WR Vincent Brown.
Huddle Up: As expected, Johnson will miss a second straight game after getting injured in Week 13.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 12/23/15 4:46pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (groin) and TE Ladarius Green (ankle) are listed as questionable for Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Both players will be game-time calls Christmas Eve, and Johnson remains the bigger question mark of the two having essentially missed the last three games.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/21/15 9:23am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) left the Week 15 game against the Miami Dolphins due to a knee injury and he was unable to return.
Huddle Up: Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead was scoring four touchdowns and doing everything the Chargers had hoped their first-round pick would be doing--and then some. Depending on the severity of the injury, Gordon is in serious danger of making it through his entire rookie season without having seen the end zone.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/21/15 4:53pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is out for the year with a knee injury he suffered in Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Gordon ends a disappointing season on injured reserve. He'll try to bounce back next year but Gordon will need to show more than he did as a rookie. The Chargers' offensive line didn't help but Gordon needs to take some of the blame too. Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will take over the running back duties for the rest of the year. Woodhead has the most fantasy value going forward.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 12/17/15 10:43pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: If Johnson is unable to get on the practice field Friday, count on him missing a third straight game Sunday.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 12/16/15 6:25pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 16. WR Dontrelle Inman (neck) is ahead of Johnson in his recovery and is doing position drills.
Huddle Up: Unless Johnson can get on the practice field the next few days, count on him missing a third straight game.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/12/15 5:33pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (illness, foot) is battling a flu bug, but one team official said it would take more than that to keep him out Sunday, Dec. 13.
Huddle Up: Rivers is as tough as they come. Expect him to be in the starting lineup but with a lack of weapons, he's just a QB2 this week against a tough Chiefs' defense.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 12/11/15 4:35pm ET
San Diego Chargers WRs Stevie Johnson (groin) and Dontrelle Inman (neck) have both been ruled out for Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: And the M.A.S.H. theme continues to blare in San Diego as TEs Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green and WRs Malcom Floyd and Javontee Herndon will be the primary pass-catchers for Philip Rivers this Sunday in K.C.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 12/10/15 5:02pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (groin) and WR Dontrelle Inman (neck) are out of practice Thursday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: Both wideouts left Sunday's Week 13 contest early, and if neither can get off the sideline Friday, count on being without them Sunday against the Chiefs.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 11/27/15 5:27pm ET
San Diego Chargers TEs Antonio Gates (hip) and Ladarius Green (ankle) and WR Malcom Floyd (shoulder) are listed as probable for Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Gate will play in his fourth straight game, but with Green getting healthier, the targets will be diluted between the two tight ends. Floyd, meanwhile, looks like he'll suit up for the first time in three weeks and will resume his fantasy-boom-or-bust deep-threat role.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 11/25/15 7:25pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hip) and WR Malcom Floyd (shoulder) were limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Huddle Up: Gates is dealing with a hip issues and won't see much practice time this week but he'll be in the starting lineup against Jacksonville. Expect him to be Philip Rivers' favorite target with all the injuries San Diego has at receiver.
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