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  • Open Thread: Hard Knocks Episode One
    by Michael Peterson on August 12, 2020 at 1:40 am

    Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images This is where it starts. Tonight’s premiere of HBO’s Hard Knocks: Los Angeles is set to begin at the top of the hour. Finally, actual, real football content will be on our screens. All the players, coaches, sights, and sounds that we’ve missed so much will be there and I simply cannot wait. Feel free to use this thread as a place to talk about the show while we’re all watching. Have a blast and Go Chargers!

  • First Hard Knocks clip of 2020 features Casey Hayward
    by Kenneth Arthur on August 11, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Chargers make their 2020 Hard Knocks debut on Tuesday night Hard Knocks: Los Angeles debuts on HBO tonight but they released their first actual clip of the season on Tuesday morning. This is our first chance to see a player get a COVID-19 test, the same one that will be administered many thousands of times in the NFL this season, and the recipient was a wary Casey Hayward. He had gotten a nasal COVID test before and did not love it, so the Chargers cornerback was hesitant to receive the swab even though it will be a routine part of life in the league for at least one season. As to what else happens on Hard Knocks on Tuesday, we’ll have to wait and see. The Chargers and Rams are sharing the spotlight just as they will be sharing SoFi Stadium for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we will also get a long look at the football team, including the progress of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, the new pieces on the offensive line, and one of the NFL’s highest rated defenses going into the season.

  • Mask up so the Chargers can ball out
    by Michael Peterson on August 11, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Fanatics Fanatics just dropped some new masks in new colors. Fanatics just released a few more options for LA Chargers face masks and these are a bit more contemporary than the original one released in white earlier this year. I purchased that original and personally wished at the time that there were colors that didn’t make it seem so “hospital-like.” The two new colors, black and powder blue, are much more my style and the black is definitely the neutral color most people prefer. We’re on the right path to have NFL football this season. Be smart, mask up, and let’s do our part in stemming the tide of this virus so we can get back to normal, or as close to it, as soon as possible. These are New Era on-field face coverings are also products that the Chargers players themselves will be wearing when they take to the field, so if you can’t be at SoFi Stadium then at least you can rock the same protective gear. NOTE: This is a special event item. Orders containing this product will be shipped separately. This item will ship no later than Thursday, Oct. 8. Fanatics New Era Adult On-Field Face Covering for $20 Fanatics New Era Adult On-Field Face Covering for $20

  • Chargers Daily Links: How to watch ‘Hard Knocks’
    by Michael Peterson on August 11, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web. Tonight is the night you’ve all been waiting for. HBO debuts Hard Knocks: Los Angeles this evening and the show’s premiere brings with it a sense of rebirth. Both the Chargers and Rams unveiled new uniforms this offseason, combined with the fact they’ll both be entering their first seasons playing together in their new home, SoFi Stadium. Overall, it’s another opportunity to kick things off on the right foot in 2020. A preseason unlike any other...#HardKnocks premieres Tuesday at 10 pm ET/PT on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/ngH4ytpRKW— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 10, 2020 So while tonight might just seem like any other premiere, it’s actually a bit more than that. This series can go a long way in helping decide the future success of this team in terms of creating and nurturing a fan base. While the Rams had a head start after their move in 2016, the Chargers started with next to nothing in LA. So here’s to hoping the personalities and characters we’ve all come to love on this team get their rightful chance to shine in front of a national audience. How To Watch per Chargers.com: Date: Tuesday, Aug. 11 Times/Channels: 7 p.m. PT on HBO East & 10 p.m. PT on HBO West Additional episodes will air on subsequent Tuesdays at the same times on the respective channels through the season finale on Sept. 8. Hard Knocks Post Show Live Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 11 and subsequent Tuesdays through Sept. 8. at 8 p.m. PT Streaming Locations: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Chargers.com and the official Chargers mobile app. And here are today’s links. Chargers News: Here’s how to watch tonight’s premiere of Hard Knocks (Chargers.com) Check out photos from the start of week 2 of training camp (Chargers.com) Gavino Borquez reports on the early impressions of FB Gabe Nabers (Chargers Wire) Jason Reed doesn’t think Hunter Henry is as prone to injury as he seems (Bolt Beat) NFL News: Michael David Smith reports on the potential of the Big Ten canceling football this year (Pro Football Talk) Bill Barnwell discusses the NFL teams he feels will decline in 2020 (ESPN) Cody Benjamin makes three bold predictions for the Chiefs in 2020 (CBS Sports) R.J. White lists every NFL team’s home-field advantage (CBS Sports) Patriots signed former Texans RB Lamar Miller to a one-year deal (NFL.com) Washington owner Dan Snyder claims a former employee was paid to spread lies about him (Pro Football Talk)

  • Chargers land 2 on list of best players at each number
    by Michael Peterson on August 10, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images Can Mike Williams take the needed next step in his career? One of the most popular discussions among us football folk is the “greatest players at every jersey number.” This is usually discussed in terms of all-time greats, but CBS Sports and NFL analyst Cody Benjamin is shrinking the player pool to only include players currently playing. Among the 99 players included, the Chargers managed to land just two players on the list: Austin Ekeler for No. 30 and Mike Williams for No. 81. Benjamin on the selection of Ekeler: “Todd Gurley and James Conner are more complete when healthy, but Ekeler flat-out produces.” I think this pick is spot-on over Gurley and Conner. Coincidentally, Ekeler only needed to compete against two players at the same position and he’s fortunate that his 2019 season is handedly above the other two. Both Gurley and Connor struggled to maintain their 2018 form for back-to-back seasons. fantasy beast @JamesDKoh | @AustinEkeler pic.twitter.com/uShkMr4R0B— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 4, 2020 Benjamin on Williams: “Both Austin Hooper and Jonnu Smith could work, but Williams finally flashed star WR play-making abilities in 2019.” This one gets nailed on the head as well. If this was ten years ago, there would be many other worthy receivers like Anquan Boldin or Calvin Johnson. But in 2020, Williams is the guy after his first 1,000-yard season which came on the heels of a 11-touchdown campaign in 2018. For Williams, the goal for this year should be to combine the yards with some of the touchdowns to show everyone he’s taken that next big step in his career. #Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor on playing with Mike Williams: "When you are throwing up a 50-50 ball to Mike, it is more like 70-30 or 80-20."Yep.#WRU x @darealmike_dub pic.twitter.com/z5BxhuwVZy— #ClemsonNFL (@ClemsonPros) August 7, 2020

 

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