Player News - Chargers

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Philip Rivers said one goal of the 2016 season is to get Antonio Gates at least eight touchdowns to break Tony Gonzalez's tight end touchdowns record.

With 104 career touchdowns, Gates needs eight to pass Gonzalez's mark of 111 for sixth all time and first among tight ends. Considering Gates was still able to score five times last season despite missing the first four games and limping through the second half of the calendar with a sprained MCL, we'd consider it likely he passes Gonzalez. Even at 36, Gates remains a TE1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 12:42 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he is not sure if No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa will report to training camp on time.

"I don’t know," Telesco said. "We’re still working on it. Hopefully we’ll get something done, but I don’t know." Bosa and the Chargers are quibbling over offset language and the structure of the bonus money in his rookie contract. One of just three first-rounders who remain unsigned, this situation should be resolved early in camp at the latest. Bosa is expected to hold down the end spot opposite Corey Liuget as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 8:47 AM

Danny Woodhead (ankle) said he is back to 100 percent.

Woodhead suffered a scare when he sprained his ankle during minicamp, but he is fully healthy heading into camp. "It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time," he said. "I feel great going into the season." A factor in both the pass game and red zone, Woodhead is a solid RB2 in PPR formats.
Jul 25 - 12:45 PM

The Chargers could start CB Casey Hayward opposite Jason Verrett.

Brandon Flowers is the incumbent, but he is coming off a career-worst 2015. Hayward has never been a full-time corner, playing 65 percent of his snaps in the slot with the Packers. His three-year, $15.3M deal suggests he’s the favorite to start.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 12:12 PM

Melvin Gordon worked with Adrian Peterson this offseason to fix his fumbling issue.

Peterson has had fumbling problems on and off throughout his career, and his late fumble contributed to the Vikings' playoff loss to the Seahawks last season. Gordon had fumbling problems of his own as a rookie, putting the ball on the ground six times in 217 touches. Gordon's main focus should be on improving his per-touch efficiency and actually finding the end zone, but keeping the ball off the turf would not hurt.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 10:06 AM

ESPN’s Eric D. Williams reports the Chargers believe LT King Dunlap will rebound this season.

A concussion and an ankle injury limited Dunlap to just seven games last season, but OC Ken Whisenhunt thought he played well when healthy. "I look at the tape -- and I know he missed some games last year -- but I see a lot of what I saw from him in 2013," Whisenhunt said. "I see energy from King and staying upbeat, which I like." The Chargers did not do much to address their offensive line this offseason, instead hoping better health and continuity will lead to improvement. Dunlap staying on the field would go a long way to making that hope a reality.
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 11:55 AM

The San Diego Union Tribune expects the Chargers to use NT Sean Lissemore at multiple spots.

The Chargers attacked their defensive line this offseason, signing Brandon Mebane to start at nose tackle and drafting Joey Bosa at No. 3 overall. Lissemore will be the top reserve behind Mebane, Bosa, and RE Corey Liuget.
Jul 16 - 7:42 PM

Chargers signed third-round C Max Tuerk to a four-year contract.

Coming off a torn ACL, Tuerk is expected to be ready for camp, but will be brought along slowly. If all goes according to plan, he will back up Matt Slauson as a rookie, but things rarely go according to plan with the Chargers' offensive line.
Jul 7 - 3:02 PM

Branden Oliver expects to be fully healthy for training camp.

Oliver missed the final eight weeks on I.R. with turf toe. He’s been cleared since OTAs and hasn’t had setbacks. With Melvin Gordon (knee) on track for Week 1, Oliver doesn’t project for more than a backup role.
Jul 2 - 3:21 PM

Chargers DE Darius Philon is expected to see an increased role this season.

A 2015 sixth-rounder, Philon played only 150 rookie-year snaps. He got most of the first-team reps this offseason with Joey Bosa unsigned. Philon should be a regular part of San Diego’s rotation.
Source: ESPN
Jul 2 - 3:07 PM

Danny Woodhead suffered an ankle injury in minicamp, but will be ready for training camp.

It's only notable because Woodhead missed the majority of 2014 with a severe ankle/foot issue. It's unclear if the injury is to the same leg. Provided he stays healthy, Woodhead will be an RB2 in PPR leagues.
Jun 30 - 5:47 PM

Melvin Gordon (microfracture surgery) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

For as serious as his operation was, Gordon's recovery appears to have gone as smoothly as possible. Speaking earlier this month, coach Mike McCoy said "you would have never known he was injured." Gordon struggled mightily as a rookie, but the Chargers will give him every opportunity to rebound.
Jun 30 - 2:13 PM

Joey Bosa's agent said contract language and structure is holding up the No. 3 overall pick's deal.

Bosa skipped minicamp last week because of the dispute. The rookie is likely looking for more money up front and fewer offset provisions. It would be surprising if the two sides did not work something out before training camp.
Jun 20 - 11:57 AM

Chargers G/C Chris Watt is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

A 2014 third-rounder, Watt is coming off an injury-ruined sophomore campaign. He's a candidate to begin camp on the active/PUP list, though "there is hope" he avoids it. If healthy, Watt will be a swing man on the interior.
Jun 16 - 9:58 PM

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Melvin Gordon (knee) looked fully healthy at minicamp.

"Melvin has worked extremely hard this offseason. If you had seen him do the conditioning part of the program, you would have never known he was injured," said McCoy. "Very pleased with where he’s at. I’m really looking forward to him having an outstanding year." Gordon has durability flags coming off microfracture surgery, but there’s post-hype appeal with his ADP in free fall.
Jun 15 - 7:25 PM


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