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Chargers placed DT Tenny Palepoi on injured reserve with a broken foot, ending his season.

A 2014 undrafted free agent out of Utah, Palepoi ended up appearing in all 16 games as a rookie, playing 282 snaps on defense. His loss significantly weakens the Bolts' depth at defensive tackle.
Aug 3 - 3:00 PM

The Union-Tribune singled out Stevie Johnson as a player building rapport with Philip Rivers early in camp.

Johnson's herky-jerky route running can be an issue for some quarterbacks, but shouldn't be a problem for the savvy Rivers. With Eddie Royal gone, Antonio Gates suspended and Malcom Floyd on the verge of retirement, there's plenty of opportunity here. Johnson's current ADP is around the 12th round.
Aug 3 - 7:52 AM

Philip Rivers and the Chargers aren't expected to negotiate once the preseason starts on Aug. 13.

If a deal isn't done by that preseason opener against the Cowboys, extension talks will be tabled until after the season. It's an artificial deadline, but one that was effective in getting the Russell Wilson deal done in Seattle. Rivers, 33, is heading into the final year of the $98 million contract he signed in August of 2009.
Aug 3 - 7:50 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee says rookie RB Melvin Gordon is struggling with pass protection in Chargers camp.

Most rookies struggle in pass pro, but Gordon's issues are compounded by his lack of experience as a receiver. With Danny Woodhead on the roster, there is little reason for the Chargers to put Gordon in passing situations in which he is unlikely to succeed. Gordon will get all of the early-down work for San Diego, but he is unlikely to be heavily involved in the passing game this season.
Aug 1 - 1:10 PM

Contract-year FS Eric Weddle believes he's headed into his final season with the Chargers.

Due $7.5 million in the final year of his contract, Weddle is unhappy the Bolts haven't played ball on an extension. A 2007 second-rounder, Weddle turned 30 in January. He's spent his entire career in San Diego, and been a playmaker throughout. He remained one of the league's top safeties in 2014.
Jul 30 - 6:40 PM

Suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates maintains he doesn't know how a banned substance got into his system.

"I was in shock," Gates said, adding he believed he'd win his appeal. As it is, Gates said the failed test was a "blip on the radar." Contract-year TE Ladarius Green gets a four-game audition to replace Gates during his ban. Now 35, Gates is also in a contract year.
Jul 30 - 2:51 PM

Chargers OC Frank Reich says he would be "shocked" if TE Ladarius Green "didn't have his most productive year."

Green will get every opportunity to earn an increased role in training camp and the first four games of the season, when Antonio Gates will be serving a month-long suspension. It's worth noting Reich made this statement before Gates' ban was announced. Still only 25 years old, Green should be on the TE1 radar in the first four games. His role thereafter is up in the air.
Jul 29 - 8:58 PM

Chargers OC Frank Reich says his early impressions of first-round pick Melvin Gordon are "incredibly, incredibly positive."

"You can see he has great vision. You can see he has great patience," Reich observed. "And he's just got great physical ability. ... I don't want to say too much because he's got to do it. But I'm just very excited about him, like off-the-charts excited." The 15th pick in the draft, Gordon offers double-digit TD upside as the lead runner in a proficient offense and is priced reasonably at a third-round ADP.
Jul 29 - 8:55 PM

Jahleel Addae and Jimmy Wilson are competing for the Chargers' starting strong safety job.

Addae is a big hitter who made five starts last season, piling up 48 tackles, an interception, and two forced fumbles. Ex-Dolphin Wilson has experience at slot corner as well as safety, and figures to settle into a versatile role if he can't beat out Addae. Addae is seen as having the "apparent edge" to open camp.
Jul 29 - 8:53 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Michael Gehlken expects Danny Woodhead to remain "a cog" for the Chargers "on third down and in the passing game."

Woodhead missed most of last season with a severe ankle/fibula fracture, but was healthy at OTAs and by all accounts looked sharp. Although the Chargers invested a top-15 pick into Melvin Gordon, the rookie is expected to focus on early downs while Woodhead fills his usual "Sproles Role" for Philip Rivers. Woodhead caught 76 balls in 2013, finishing as a top-13 PPR back.
Jul 23 - 11:11 AM

The Chargers' official website confirms Stevie Johnson will play both in the slot and outside.

The stars are aligning for Johnson, who was a misfit in San Francisco but is set for a major role in San Diego. He'll fill the inside Eddie Royal role while also threatening to take outside snaps from a guy on the brink of retirement (Malcom Floyd). The four-game Antonio Gates suspension only opens up more opportunity for Johnson, one of our favorite late-round wideout targets.
Jul 20 - 7:15 AM

Philip Rivers' camp has continued to show "little urgency" in extension talks with the Chargers.

Amid trade rumors, the Chargers held tightly to Rivers through the draft. Now, they want to lock him up long term, ensuring Rivers stays a Charger for life. Rivers seems less intent on making a deal happen, and is instead content playing out the final year of his contract. He may wait to see whether the Chargers move to L.A. before entering serious negotiations. If Rivers hits 2016 free agency, he would break the bank in an increasingly quarterback-starved league, even at age 34.
Jul 19 - 3:27 PM

The Chargers' defense forced just seven interceptions last season.

Only the Chiefs, Jets and Jaguars had fewer picks. San Diego only has two defensive backs taller than six-feet, which can spell trouble against taller wideouts like Demaryius Thomas in the division. The Chargers' secondary also needs to stay healthy. Starting CBs Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers missed a combined 12 games last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 9:57 AM

Philip Rivers says Ladarius Green is playing faster this offseason.

"He seems faster than he’s ever been," Rivers said of Green, who ran 4.56 at 6-foot-6, 238 coming out of college. "He certainly seems that way with the way he’s moving. Some of that comes with (having) more and more confidence." TEs coach Pete Metzelaars hinted Green's reduced 2014 playing time may have resulted from "a number of different injuries at different times," but believes Green maintains "huge upside and possibilities." Added Rivers, "He’s looked really good and he needs to be a bigger part. We need to have him be a weapon for us because he could be a heck of a matchup for us against some defenses."
Jul 9 - 2:33 PM

Antonio Gates' suspension could open up snaps for Stevie Johnson in the slot.

The Chargers' two biggest slot threats last season were Eddie Royal and Gates. Royal signed with the Bears this offseason and Gates is serving a four-game PED suspension. Johnson had a tough time carving a role for himself behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in San Francisco, but volume shouldn't be an issue in San Diego. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green will also see work in the slot. Raymond Summerlin covered this subject in greater detail in his article, Fantasy Fallout: Gates Banned, which you can find on the Rotoworld NFL page.
Jul 5 - 9:25 AM


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