Player News - Chargers

Date: Team: Pos:

Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) is hoping to be ready for training camp.

Verrett was held out of OTAs and minicamp. There haven't been any setbacks in his ACL recovery, but the Chargers will likely continue to move him slowly. Verrett will be 11 months removed from surgery for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 6:06 PM

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said "the hope" is first-round WR Mike Williams (back) will be ready for training camp.

Williams only got in mental reps at OTAs. His return date remains a moving target. The missed time is a concern for his early-season role. Williams will be two months removed from his back injury for the start of camp.
Source: ESPN
Jun 17 - 4:29 PM

Antonio Gates said he's completely fine playing a secondary role at 37 years old.

He knows the deal. "I've already said this to Keenan [Allen], because he’s going to have to take us to the promised land in the passing game," Gates said. "He's the guy. I have no problem with saying that. Hopefully, I can get situations and matchups I can take advantage of." Allen isn't the only guy Gates is behind; sophomore Hunter Henry is expected to take over as the every-down tight end this season, while Gates focuses more on third downs and touchdowns. Gates may have a couple TE1 weeks, but he's more of a mid-range TE2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 8:26 PM

The Orange County Register confirms Melvin Ingram will move to defensive end in new Chargers DC Gus Bradley's 4-3 scheme.

The switch had been rumored, but not visualized on the field yet because Ingram skipped OTAs during contract negotiations. He signed a four-year, $66 million pact on Sunday. Moving to defensive end, Ingram's IDP value will experience a sizable boost. His value was hurt by his old linebacker designation.
Jun 12 - 4:30 PM

Chargers signed franchise player DE/OLB Melvin Ingram to a four-year, $66 million contract with $42 million guaranteed.

It's nearly the exact same deal Chandler Jones got from the Cardinals in March. The Chargers now have DEs Joey Bosa and Ingram under control through 2020. Ingram, 28, will transition from 3-4 outside linebacker to weak-side "Leo" pass rusher in new DC Gus Bradley's 4-3 scheme. His IDP value will increase with the move. Ingram has collected 18.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles the past two seasons while earning strong run-defense grades from Pro Football Focus. The Bolts have the makings of an imposing pass defense with Ingram and Bosa up front, and Casey Hayward bookending a healthy Jason Verrett at corner.
Jun 11 - 5:26 PM

Coach Anthony Lynn acknowledged first-round pick Mike Williams is "getting behind" due to missing so much time with a back injury.

The severity of the "mild disc herniation" in Williams' back sounds increasingly ominous, as the L.A. Times now reports Williams won't resume practicing "until training camp at the earliest." Over the past two seasons, fellow first-round WRs Breshad Perriman (PCL), Josh Doctson (Achilles), and Kevin White (leg) missed extensive offseason time due to injuries. None enjoyed productive rookie years. Odell Beckham (hamstring) was an exception in 2014.
Jun 7 - 7:51 PM

Chargers first-round WR Mike Williams (back) will be sidelined until training camp.

The Chargers aren't going to take any chances with the "mild disc herniation in (Williams') lower back." Williams has been sidelined since the first practice of rookie minicamp. Back injuries are clearly tricky, meaning Williams' camp status can't be taken for granted. It's the last news the perennially-injured Chargers needed.
Jun 6 - 4:08 PM

First-round WR Mike Williams is suffering from a "mild disc herniation in his lower back."

Williams has been out since suffering the injury during the first practice of rookie minicamp. The Chargers announced Williams will miss the rest of the offseason program, and it is not a given he will be ready for training camp. Already looking at a crowded depth chart, this injury puts a large dent in Williams' redraft value. He will need to get back on the field early in camp to earn an early-season role.
Jun 6 - 12:54 PM

Chargers signed third-round OG Dan Feeney to a four-year contract.

Following the release of starting LG Orlando Franklin, Feeney is expected to compete for the vacant job along with second-rounder Forrest Lamp. Odds are strong both players will be holding down starting guard jobs.
Jun 2 - 12:58 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports franchise-tagged OLB Melvin Ingram is expected to skip minicamp and potentially part of training camp.

Ingram is already sitting out OTAs. The Chargers haven't made any progress on an extension for him and reportedly have concerns over his injury history and fit in DC Gus Bradley's scheme. Ingram is targeting Chandler Jones money (five years, $82.5 million). The sides have until July 15 to work out a deal.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 5:37 PM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects sophomore Hunter Henry to be the Chargers' "main tight end" this season.

Henry took over the role in spurts last season, but he still played slightly fewer snaps than Antonio Gates. Williams expects that to change this year with Gates "being saved" for third downs and the red zone. After posting a 36/478/8 line last season, Henry should better his catch and yardage totals as a sophomore, but touchdowns could be a different story if Gates is able to stay on the field.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 11:05 AM

Philip Rivers indicated Branden Oliver (Achilles') has looked as good as new at Chargers OTAs.

Oliver is coming off a brutal injury, but he suffered it last August and will be over a full year removed for Week 1. "It’s been great (having him back)," Rivers. "Gosh, we had really such high expectations for him going into last year. ... He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon). Their styles are different, but similar. (We) have two backs who can run all the same plays." Oliver is a handcuff to remember entering the 2017 fantasy season.
May 24 - 9:20 PM

Chargers first-round WR Mike Williams is not participating in OTAs after injuring his back in the first practice of rookie minicamp.

Coach Anthony Lynn is "hopeful" Williams will return next week, but it's not a given he'll be ready before June minicamp. Williams has been sidelined for a couple weeks now due to what the team is calling "tightness" in his back. In a deep receiver depth chart, Williams is missing crucial developmental time. He's no lock to open the year as a starter.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Eric Williams reports the Chargers will look to use Travis Benjamin as a punt returner.

Benjamin returned nine punts last year with limited success, but he was slowed by a knee injury which ultimately required surgery after the season. He has been a successful returner in the past, and the Chargers need to find new ways to utilize him considering their suddenly crowded receiver corps. Even with the added return value, Benjamin does not project as a usable fantasy option in standard leagues at this point.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 10:21 AM

Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman recently underwent core muscle surgery.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Inman will be out six weeks, a timeline which will keep him from participating during the rest of the offseason program but have him ready for training camp. Inman caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns last season, but he projects as no better than No. 5 on the depth chart this year if everyone stays healthy.
May 20 - 9:02 AM


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