Player News - Chargers

Date: Team: Pos:

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said rookie RG Dan Feeney "remains in the battle" for a starting job.

Feeney has been mixing in first-team reps with Kenny Wiggins. Feeney's nondescript preseason and lack of mauling strength are concerns to his starting chances, but he's a better pass protector than Wiggins.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 8:29 PM

Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) has been cleared for team drills.

Verrett has been moved slowly after opening training camp on PUP. He sat out the preseason opener and isn't going to get many live reps. Coach Anthony Lynn expects Verrett to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 16 - 6:49 PM

Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman underwent surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament, and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are hoping for a "midseason" return. Perryman had to be carted off in Sunday's preseason opener. The No. 48 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Perryman has been mostly a run stopper, and bit by the injury bug.
Aug 15 - 2:06 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman (ankle) will miss the first four games of the season and may require surgery.

A strong run defender, Perryman will miss games against the Broncos, Dolphins, Chiefs, and Eagles, if this report proves true. And it sounds like Perryman could be sidelined even longer. The Chargers and Ravens continue to lose players at an alarming rate. Korey Toomer is Perryman's backup.
Aug 14 - 7:11 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are eyeing an October debut for first-round WR Mike Williams (back).

Per Rapsheet, Williams has been "sprinting on the treadmill and on the practice field." He's apparently making "solid progress," but not solid enough that the team will commit to him returning in the first month of the season. Rapsheet's timeline leaves the reserve/PUP list, which would cost six games, as a possibility.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 14 - 1:30 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman (ankle) will miss 4-6 weeks.

Perryman had to be carted off the field during the preseason opener Sunday night, so this may actually be a relief for all involved. The timeline suggests he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, however, and those have been known to linger. With the Chargers' Week 1 game exactly four weeks away, Perryman will be up against it to be ready.
Aug 14 - 8:48 AM

Travis Benjamin hauled in his only two targets in Sunday's preseason opener against the Chargers, posting two grabs for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Benjamin is the team's biggest downfield threat and he showed tremendous burst and speed on his 74-yard catch and score. There are plenty of mouths to feed with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams in the mix, but even if those three stay healthy there should be a decent role for Benjamin. However, he doesn't project as much of a fantasy option outside of the deepest of formats.
Aug 13 - 11:36 PM

Andre Williams carried a team-high eight times for just 18 yards in Sunday's preseason opener against the Seahawks.

Williams was given a long look, and we've seen this movie before. He cracked off one 13-yard scamper and then was bottled up the rest of the time. He'll have an uphill climb to garner meaningful touches behind Melvin Gordon, as Branden Oliver and Kenneth Farrow will be tough to leap on the depth chart.
Aug 13 - 11:31 PM

Cardale Jones completed just two of his nine pass attempts for 50 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Seahawks while adding a team-best 18 rushing yards.

It's been a whirlwind summer for Jones, who had to get used to a new coach and system in Buffalo before he was dealt to the Bolts in late July, learning yet another new system and town. He has some familiarity with Anthony Lynn, his offensive coordinator in Buffalo, so that will help. Jones did some good things in this one, especially with his feet, and it likely won't take much to unseat Kellen Clemens as the primary backup before too long.
Aug 13 - 11:25 PM

Chargers DE Jerry Attaochu was taken to the locker room during Sunday's preseason opener due to hamstring injury.

Attaochu was unable to return to the game. The good news is the injury has nothing to do with the broken right foot which prematurely ended his 2016 campaign. He is entering his fourth NFL season, and he will be counted on to take a big step forward after showing promise with six sacks in 2015.
Aug 13 - 9:27 PM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-2 targets for ten yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' preseason opener.

Philip Rivers got the crowd fired up with a first-drive five-yard touchdown connection to Gates, who played nine snaps with the first-team group compared to Hunter Henry's seven. Even if Gates plays fewer regular season snaps than Henry, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer will stay involved on obvious passing downs and especially in scoring position. A six- to eight-touchdown season remains well within Gates’ range of potential outcomes.
Aug 13 - 8:42 PM

Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman was carted off the field with a left ankle injury in Sunday night's preseason opener.

He could put no pressure on his leg following the first-drive injury. Perryman had been wearing the Chargers' defensive green dot and operating as an every-down inside 'backer. Jatavis Brown looks to be next in line for that role.
Aug 13 - 8:32 PM

First-rounder Mike Williams (back) was back running on Monday.

"He's back on the grass," coach Anthony Lynn said. "He's running. He's doing well." Williams is working his way back from a herniated disk and remains on the active/PUP list. According to @ProFootballDoc on Twitter, a player needs 4-6 weeks minimum from the start of running to play in games when coming back from a disk herniation. Williams remains a candidate to open the year on reserve/PUP.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 9 - 9:51 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes Branden Oliver has the "edge" for the backup running back job.

Oliver missed all of last season with an Achilles' tear suffered in the preseason, but he was already back to full health by OTAs. Williams believes Oliver's running style is a "nice contrast" to starter Melvin Gordon and notes Oliver has stood up well in pass protection early in camp. His role likely will not be fantasy worthy even if he beats out Andre Williams and Kenjon Barner for the backup job, but Oliver will be a name to know on the waiver wire if something happens to Gordon.
Source: ESPN
Aug 7 - 9:17 AM

Chargers activated CB Jason Verrett (knee) from the PUP list.

Verrett missed the first week of training camp, but was never expected to need a lengthy absence. He'll likely be moved slowly in practice. Verrett will be 11 months removed from surgery for Week 1.
Aug 4 - 8:49 PM


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