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Chargers could surprise with massive OT at #6by Michael Peterson on February 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images The Chargers are likely going in one of two direction at #6: quarterback of the future or cornerstone left tackle. In a recent article by Maurice Moton over at Bleacher Report where he matches one “surprise, he has the Chargers going with the cornerstone tackle, but it’s not one of the two we are used to seeing paired with the Chargers. Moton has Louisville left tackle Mehki Becton as the Bolts’ surprise pick in the first round and, to be honest, it’s not all that surprising. At this point, I have seen at least four different tackles going off the board first. It’s either Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, or Becton. Multiple teams are going to get a really good offensive tackle in the first round and I really hope the Chargers are one of them. Becton is a monolithic 6-foot-7 and weighed-in at the combine at 364 pounds. He’s understandably got one of the largest wingspans and has some of the biggest hands you’ll ever see. Consider every single box checked on scouts’ clipboards in Indy. #NFLCombine key measurements thread…109. #Louisville OT Mekhi BectonHeight: 6-7 3/8Weight: 364Hand: 10 6/8Arm: 35 5/8Wingspan: 83 2/8— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 25, 2020 In his article, Moton expands on the struggles the Chargers’ tackles faced in 2019, specifically those of Sam Tevi and Trent Scott, who combined to allow 10.5 sacks in 2019. In his past two years of starting, Tevi has allowed 11.5 just by himself. Becton moves extremely well for some of his mass and absolutely provides the raw strength and power you would from someone that insanely massive. Take a look at the video below for a teaser of Becton’s intangibles. EYES ON LT:Mekhi Becton of @UofLFootball is a long, massive, powerful and nasty JYD. Very good hand usage #EyesOnOLine#StrikeLeverageDriveFinish pic.twitter.com/cYZZ763Y4x— Duke Manyweather (@BigDuke50) October 1, 2019 If the murmurings about Russell Okung’s unhappiness are true, picking Becton would likely mean he plays on the left side. Could he slide to the right side? Probably. But if the Chargers were looking for a right tackle of the future, Iowa’s Wirfs or Alabama’s Wills would both be better selections.
Colts seriously interested in Philip Riversby Michael Peterson on February 27, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports A connection between the Indianapolis Colts and Philip Rivers has been well-recorded over the last few weeks and things are only heating up with the entire NFL community spending the week in Indianapolis. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that he’s hearing more and more buzz from NFL personnel that the majority of the league believes Rivers will end up wearing blue and white in 2020, especially after Colts GM Chris Ballard publicly said in January that “the jury’s still out” on 2019 starter Jacoby Brissett. On Tuesday, Ballard repeated some of his earlier feelings about Brissett but seemed a little more defensive this time around about his young signal-caller. “This thing has taken a life of its own. We did a two-year deal with Jacoby to find out, kind of — we like Jacoby Brissett.” Ballard went on to say he “loves what (Brissett) stands for” and “it was a tale of two seasons”, referring to the team being 5-2 start before Brissett sustained an injury that he feels played a role in the team’s late-season slide. The Colts also dealt with a number of other injuries, including to top wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess. Like I wrote about earlier this month, I believe the Colts are the closest thing to a perfectly-built team for Rivers at this stage of his career. He is almost immobile in the pocket, which means the Colts must be able to protect him without any help in return from the veteran. Luckily for them, they’ve got one of the best offensive lines in football with a great run game to take some pressure off of Rivers. The Chargers were consistently behind the chains in 2019 due to their insistence on running the football on early downs and gaining little to no yardage the majority of the time. While Rivers is only a season removed from one of the best campaigns of his career, the last two years showed how important a healthy offensive line is to his success and that’s exactly why the Colts would be wise to jump at the chance to sign the former Charger.
Chargers Daily Links: Lynn would welcome Gordon back to Chargersby Michael Peterson on February 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Television coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine starts today around 4pm EST with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends taking the field for testing. Tune-in to see Justin Herbert, Jordan Love, and many top draft prospects run and jump their way up (or down) team’s draft boards. Happy Thursday! Tom Telesco Press Conference at the 2020 Scouting Combine https://www.chargers.com/video/tom-telesco-press-conference-at-the-2020-scouting-combine Mamba Mentality: Like father, like daughter. https://www.chargers.com/news/mamba-mentality-like-father-like-daughter LA Chargers: Five players to watch at the scouting combine https://boltbeat.com/2020/02/25/five-players-to-watch-at-the-nfl-combine/ After a strong Senior Bowl week, which resulted in being named the Senior Bowl MVP, Herbert will look to continue to improve his draft stock with his performance at the combine. One thing that I want to see with Herbert is how he performs with better wide receivers. Chargers’ Anthony Lynn on RB Melvin Gordon: ‘We’d like to have him back’ https://chargerswire.usatoday.com/2020/02/26/chargers-anthony-lynn-on-rb-melvin-gordon-wed-like-to-have-him-back/ “We love Melvin. He’s outstanding,” Lynn said on PFT Live. “He held out last year, that hurt us a little bit, but when he came back his attitude and the way he fit right back into the locker room was typical Melvin. We’d like to have him back, but it’s free agency and you never know what’s going to happen.” 2020 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Chargers Can Win Now with Right Philip Rivers Replacement https://www.si.com/nfl/chargers/news/2020-nfl-scouting-combine-chargers-philip-rivers-replacement “Though 2019 didn’t go as expected, the Chargers remain committed to head coach Anthony Lynn, who received a one-year contract extension in January. Despite the new deal, Lynn and his coaching staff likely need to show marked improvement next season in order to avoid a regime change. And though the roster remains talented, playing in the same division as the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes doesn’t help matters.” 2020 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller’s Top Players at Start of Scouting Combine https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2877898-2020-nfl-draft-big-board-matt-millers-top-players-at-start-of-scouting-combine “Three-hundred thirty-seven players are in Indianapolis this week to be measured, run through the wringer in medical evaluations and tested to the fullest on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shakes up the rankings, here are my top-100 overall players and a look at superlatives for each position group.” 2020 NFL Scouting Combine weigh-ins and measurements: Defensive line and Linebackers https://www.milehighreport.com/2020/2/26/21155213/2020-nfl-scouting-combine-weigh-ins-measurements-defensive-line-linebackers “The Denver Broncos have depth concerns both along the defensive line and at the linebacker position, but maybe not enough to go with a first round pick on either. With the futures of Shelby Harris and Derek Wolfe in question, this is definitely an area us fans should be watching closely.” 2020 NFL mock draft round up 3.0: Pre-combine edition https://www.silverandblackpride.com/2020/2/26/21152897/2020-nfl-mock-draft-round-up-3-0-pre-combine-edition “There will be plenty of fluctuation between now and April’s draft as teams begin to stack their draft boards. Things that will also change as a result of combine performances are mock drafts. A solid performance can solidify your spot in round one and a mediocre effort can hurt your cause.” Evaluating the Chiefs’ strengths and weaknesses going into 2020 https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2020/2/26/21148693/evaluating-the-chiefs-strengths-and-weaknesses-going-into-2020 “It easy to say that since the team won the Super Bowl, everyone on the roster is championship-caliber. But with parity in the league the way it is, staying on top requires continuous investment and improvement. What was good enough for a first title might not be good enough for a second... or it might no longer be affordable.” Rush Hour: The 2020 NFL Combine Begins https://www.chargers.com/video/rush-hour-the-2020-nfl-combine-begins Hayley Elwood brings you the latest for your morning commute, including what Tom Telesco and Anthony Lynn are looking for in the 2020 NFL Combine.
Chargers prospect meetingsby Michael Peterson on February 26, 2020 at 7:34 pm
Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images (Instead of flooding the front page with numerous short articles about prospect meetings, Kenneth and I will simply update this post whenever a new prospect meeting as been confirmed.) And there it is. Our first juicy piece of “Chargers met with prospect x” news. The Senior Bowl is one of the first events of the offseason that allows media members to ask draft prospects which teams they’ve met with so we can all start connecting the dots and setting up our cork boards that have way too much red string draped over it. This bit of news is especially interesting because it pertains to one of the top players at a position the Chargers are vehemently interested in. According to The Athletic’s Daniel Popper, Utah State quarterback Jordan love has confirmed he has already met with the Chargers. I should probably tweet some actual news: Love said he talked to the #Chargers— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) February 25, 2020 Love is the consensus QB4 in this year’s draft class and could get taken anywhere from low to mid-first round. He’s drawn reviews as Mahome-esque in that he plays with a gunslingers mentality, but he is still far from a franchise quarterback. Update 2/26: St. Johns offensive tackle Ben Bartch has said he has a formal interview scheduled with the Chargers. St. Johns OL Ben Bartch says he has formal interviews with the #Chargers, #Buccaneers, #49ers, and #Titans tomorrow.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) February 26, 2020 Bartch may be from a Division III school but he was by-far one of the best offensive tackles while at the Senior Bowl in January. He’s raised his stick as much as anybody in this draft class and a solid performance on the field in Indy would surely raise it some more.
Former Chargers defenders enjoyed standout performances in XFLby Michael Peterson on February 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/XFL via Getty Images On Sunday, the St. Louis Battlehawks got to celebrate a victory over the New York Guardians as the state of Missouri welcomed professional football back for the first time since the Rams moved back to LA over four years ago. A stingy defense and opportunistic special team unit helped pave the way for a 26-9 victory as the Battlehawks capitalized on the XFL’s first kickoff return touchdown of the short season. Former Chargers safety Dexter McCoil tied for the team lead in tackles with nine as the defense helped shutdown the Guardians offense and forced New York to make a change at quarterback halfway through the ball game. Where things stand after 3 weeks of the #XFL regular season pic.twitter.com/JWIAjrcRFI— XFL (@xfl2020) February 24, 2020 In Sunday’s evening game, the Los Angeles Wildcats put a whooping on the formerly undefeated D.C. Defenders who are led by former Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones. Heading into the game, Jones was the XFL’s leader in passing yards but came crashing down to earth in a bad way. He was picked off four times by the Wildcats defense, including one from former LA DB Arrion Springs. Springs finished that game with three total tackles and another pass defended. Arrion Springs got the stickys pic.twitter.com/VZwxyMxT6P— XFLTalk (@XFLTALKPOD) February 23, 2020 Wide receiver Nelson Spruce caught another 3 passes for 75 yards which sounds like a good game for some but was actually his least productive outing of the season. He is currently second in the XFL with 256 receiving yards. Who are we? The XFLWhat do we love? Getting calls right pic.twitter.com/LRAeCBfVJs— XFL (@xfl2020) February 24, 2020