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Philip Rivers said at Chargers OTAs that he believes Keenan Allen "figured out last year what it took to be a No. 1 receiver in this league."

Allen was on pace for 134 catches through Week 8 last season, before suffering a lacerated kidney on a touchdown catch against the Ravens. Allen's 2014 campaign disappointed as he struggled with conditioning, but he got his work habits in order last season and is now entering a contract year at age 24.
May 23 - 4:17 PM

Philip Rivers confirmed Matt Slauson will be the Chargers' starting center.

A guard with the Bears and Jets, Slauson has apparently picked up his pivot duties quickly. "You'd think he was playing center for all of his career," said Rivers, comparing Slauson's demeanor to ex-Chargers OL studs Kris Dielman and Nick Hardwick. With D.J. Fluker, Orlando Franklin, and King Dunlap healthy, San Diego's offensive line should take a big step forward this year.
May 23 - 4:11 PM

Melvin Gordon (microfracture) is participating in individual drills at OTAs.

Per reporter Michael Gehlken, Gordon's rehab has "gone well." He's unlikely to take part in team drills before training camp, but all reports on his rehab have been positive. He has a good shot at avoiding the active/PUP list.
May 23 - 2:39 PM

Chargers CB Brandon Flowers said he's 10-12 pounds lighter than he was at this point last year.

Flowers got complacent after signing a four-year, $36-million deal last offseason, showing up to OTAs overweight and struggling through a career-worst season. "I had a dad bod coming in last year," said Flowers. "I started off bad last year, and it just kept on going downhill." Impressed by teammate Melvin Ingram's physical transformation, Flowers got serious about his conditioning by working with Miami-based trainer David Alexander. "Last year was unacceptable," said Flowers. "I knew what kind of place I was in last year, and I just can’t go back to where I was." Flowers earned PFF's third-worst cornerback grade out of 111 qualifiers in 2015.
May 22 - 12:25 PM

The Giants and Bengals also put in waiver claims on QB Zach Mettenberger.

The Chargers were awarded Mettenberger due to their worse 2015 record. The Bengals' claim is a bit surprising since they appear set with Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. The Giants have Ryan Nassib backing up Eli Manning. Both McCarron and Nassib have been involved in trade rumors, but nothing substantial.
May 18 - 11:08 AM

Chargers claimed QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers from the Titans.

"Mett Show" will be reuniting with Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, who was the Titans' coach the first 1.5 years of Mettenberger's career. Aside from Whiz, the Chargers are a sensible destination, as they lack anything resembling depth behind aging (but durable) starter Philip Rivers. Mettenberger should have a good shot at cracking the 53-man roster, likely as Rivers' backup. Kellen Clemens will be his primary competition.
May 17 - 4:05 PM

Free agent Zach Mettenberger's 16.5 "total QBR" is the worst by any quarterback with at least 10 starts since the invention of the statistic in 2006.

QBR is a labyrinth, impersonal, exclusive and confusing statistic, but it's noteworthy any time someone is the worst in something. Naturally, the man replacing Mettenberger, Matt Cassel, has the second worst QBR over the past two years. The point is, Mett's supposed "potential" is largely a myth. Mett might get claimed on waivers, but he's not going to be handed anyone's No. 2 job.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 1:58 PM

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said he will not "hesitate" to play second-round TE Hunter Henry this season.

"He’s going to be one of those guys that will get in there early and start playing," McCoy said. "He’s going to make some mistakes ... but as you saw in practice, he’s a very talented player." Rookie tight ends rarely make an impact, but the Chargers will give Henry every chance to carve out a role behind Antonio Gates, who turns 36 in June. Even so, it is unlikely Henry becomes a consistent fantasy contributor without an injury to Gates.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 1:26 PM

Titans waived QB Zach Mettenberger.

Tennessee almost certainly attempted to trade the 2014 sixth-rounder during the draft, but they understandably found no takers. Despite the Titans losing all six of his rookie starts, Mettenberger flashed big-play ability and looked like he could develop into a quality backup. He was disastrous in four starts last season, however, and his fate was all but sealed when Tennessee brought in veteran backup Matt Cassel. Mettenberger will get another look somewhere, but his lack of pocket awareness and inability to evade pressure look like fatal flaws.
May 16 - 9:38 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes WR Dom Williams is the most likely undrafted free agent to make the team's 53-man roster.

He also mentioned Adrian McDonald and Chris Swain as UDFAs to watch at Chargers camp. Williams enjoyed a prolific career at Washington State, leaving with the second-most receiving yards in school history (2,889). Williams stood out at rookie minicamp with a number of nice plays and impressed by running a 4.38 forty with a 40.5-inch vertical at his Pro Day.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 11:14 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes Jahleel Addae and Dwight Lowery would be the team's starting safeties if the season started today.

Addae would be the strong safety in that scenario with Lowery at free safety, though those roles are mostly interchangeable in DC John Pagano's scheme. Dexter McCoil, Adrian Phillips and Darrell Stuckey will challenge for backup roles. Lowery has particularly big shoes to fill at free safety. He'll be tasked with replacing perennial Pro Bowler Eric Weddle.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 11:03 AM

Third-round C Max Tuerk was limited in drills at Friday's rookie minicamp.

He's working his way back from a torn ACL. The hope is that Tuerk will be ready to go full speed by training camp. After signing Matt Slauson to start at center, the Chargers will be able to ease in Tuerk during his rookie season.
May 13 - 3:37 PM

Chargers signed West Virginia CB Terrell Chestnut.

A sleeper prospect whose shine was copped by circumstance (overshadowed by sharing a defensive backfield with Karl Joseph, Daryl Worley and KJ Dillon), misfortune (two torn labrums) and speed (4.61), Chestnut (5'11/198) has the talent to make San Diego's roster. He surrendered only 41.8 percent completions and an NFL passer rating of 46.9 last year, per PFF, and had a much better coverage grade than Worley, taken in Rd. 3. Chestnut was famous in Morgantown for frequent visits to the WVU Children’s Hospital and area schools and for buying food for homeless people. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen called him "the best coach on the field" for star WR Shelton Gibson and "a good guy, a good teammate" who "tries to do the right thing all the time."
May 13 - 12:38 PM

Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt said Keenan Allen is going to be a "focal point" on offense.

As the Chargers' clear-cut No. 1 receiver, it's obvious Allen is going to be heavily involved on offense, but it's worth noting nonetheless after Allen missed half of last season with a lacerated kidney. "He is at the point now where this is an important year because he's going to be a focal point," Whisenhunt said. "He is going to have to win one-on-one matchups." Allen has made it a point to redistribute weight this offseason in an effort to play faster. The addition of Travis Benjamin as a lethal deep threat should help open the middle of the field for Allen and Antonio Gates.
Source: NFL.com
May 13 - 12:36 PM

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman considers the Chargers a viable backup plan if the Raiders opt not to move to Nevada.

"To me, yes," Goodman said when asked if the Chargers were a possibility. "I know they're absolutely looking to move." It's not exactly a concrete declaration. Goodman seems to be reading the tea leaves more than relaying information based on actual talks. Aside from Goodman, there's been nothing connecting the Bolts to Sin City.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 7:01 PM


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