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  • Daily Links: Can Chargers’ depth carry them through long season?
    by Richard Wade on May 24, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Your daily dose of Los Angeles Chargers news & notes from around the web. Reliable depth is key for the Chargers season - Tyler GallagherOf course, when it comes down to it, the team needs to play whoever will put W’s in the win column. As we found out last year, every single win matters, especially when you are in the same division as the Kansas City Chiefs. Salvaging a win against the Denver Broncos could have changed the course of the season. Top 10 NFL players over 35 years old entering the 2019 season - Austin GayleDavis turned in three consecutive seasons with 88.8 coverage grades in the prime of his career (2013-15), and though the now 36-year-old veteran hasn’t earned a single-season coverage grade above 75.0 since, he’s still a capable starter with much-needed skills in today’s NFL. He may have lost a step or two since his hay day, but his play recognition and above-average athleticism should still pay dividends, specifically in coverage, for the 2005 first-rounder with the Bolts in 2019. Do the Chargers have a two-year roster plan? - Tyler SchoonThe Chargers will not be forced to re-sign many of their star players following the 2019 season, either. Other than Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon, the Chargers don’t have much pressure to retain their free agents next year. Mike Pouncey is also a candidate to be re-signed, but the team will likely wait to see how his second year with the team goes as he approaches age 31. Hunter Henry will have to show he is worth retaining (he is) following a lost 2018 campaign. Los Angeles Chargers: A look at team's defensive line depth chart - Travis WakemanTom Telesco went into free agency with a specific approach, deciding to re-sign the most experienced defensive lineman he had in Brandon Mebane. Meanwhile, Damion Square, Darius Philon and Corey Liuget were left to look for work elsewhere, though Square was recently brought back. Chargers OTA Report: Anthony Lynn Passes Power to the Players - Chris Hayre“Our players – like I said today – they were doing an outstanding job of pulling guys aside and just coaching them up on how we practice and how we do things,” Lynn said. “That’s where I like to see it come from because at the end of the day, we’re going to go as far as they take us.” Social Media Information: BFTB Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BFTB Twitter: Follow @BFTB_Chargers The Lightning Round Twitter: Follow @Lightning_Round The Lightning Round Facebook: Click here to like our page BFTB Manager: Richard Wade: Follow @RichardWad […]

  • Daily Links: Should Melvin Gordon remain a bell cow back?
    by Richard Wade on May 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Your daily dose of Los Angeles Chargers news & notes from around the web. The bell cow report: The running backs with the highest fantasy stock based on workload - Scott BarrettGordon has ranked fifth, sixth, and fifth among running backs in fantasy points per game over the past three seasons. However, he wasn’t as much of a bell cow last year as he was in 2017. Austin Ekeler saw a more robust workload last year, and given Ekeler’s efficiency (he was PFF’s sixth-highest-graded running back last year) and Gordon’s injury history, I do expect that trend to continue. I’d bet Gordon still finishes as a fantasy RB1 and as a bell cow, but a tier below most of the other bell cows we’ve already discussed. Chargers' Bosa switching to family jersey No. 97 - Eric D Williams"They told me it would be $500,000 if I wanted to do it last year," Bosa said. "So I was like, 'Eh, I think I can wait one more year.' The free change was much better than that." NFL offseason agendas: Barnwell's to-do lists for all 16 AFC teams - Bill BarnwellI laid out the argument in February for moving on from Gordon after this season, and while Le'Veon Bell didn't end up breaking the running back bank in free agency, Gordon is still likely to attract a David Johnson-sized deal. That's not good value for the Chargers. If Gordon has a career year, the Chargers can happily franchise their former first-round pick and work on an extension next offseason. Right now, they're probably better served exploring an early deal with Joey Bosa. Chargers’ eight best 2019 offseason decisions thus far - Tyler Schoon (slide show)The Chargers have not been the busiest team this offseason, but have been active enough to improve their previously 12-4 roster. Whether through free agency or the draft, additions or departures, or just a great non-football move, the Chargers have made a number of good decisions. Here are their eight best thus far… 15 rookies from the 2019 NFL draft who landed with the perfect teams - Matt Bowen (insider)Adderley to L.A. is one of my favorite picks of the draft given coordinator Gus Bradley's defensive scheme and how often his defense runs dime personnel. The Chargers had six defensive backs on the field for a league-high 584 snaps last season, a whopping 199 more snaps than the No. 2 team (Green Bay). That means Adderley has a chance to make an immediate impact. Social Media Information: BFTB Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BFTB Twitter: Follow @BFTB_Chargers The Lightning Round Twitter: Follow @Lightning_Round The Lightning Round Facebook: Click here to like our page BFTB Manager: Richard Wade: Follow @RichardWad […]

  • 2019 Chargers UDFA Profile: Pitt LB Elijah Zeise
    by Michael Peterson on May 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    When the linebacker group started shaping up as one of the weaker positions on the team, the Chargers went to work on increasing the depth and versatility of the players in that room once the offseason arrived. One of their few signings during the early parts of free agency was the addition of 15-year veteran Thomas Davis, who is also the lone defensive player left from the 2005 NFL Draft. During this year’s draft, the Chargers selected a pair of linebackers on Day 3 in Notre Dame’s Drue Tranquil and Houston’s Emeke Egbule. Then, when it came to the undrafted free agent frenzy, the Bolts jumped on another handful of defenders at the position. For this profile, we will be focusing on former Pitt Panther Elijah Zeise, who has an background for a multi-year starter on the Pitt defense. Elijah Zeise went undrafted in the 2019 draft class.Elijah Zeise posted a Okay #RAS with Okay size, Okay speed, Okay explosiveness, Okay agility at the LB position.#Chargers pic.twitter.com/H54J9JDqga— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) May 5, 2019 While in high-school, Zeise was a two-impact player as a wide receiver and cornerback. He was initially recruited to Pitt as a wideout and following his redshirt year in 2014, he was a reserve pass-catcher in 2015. Prior to the 2016 season, Zeise transitioned to the defensive side of the ball and wound up being the team’s starting “Star” linebacker for their very first game. The “Star” backer in the Panthers’ defense is usually aligned to the field side and has to have some serious pass coverage chops. Unfortunately for Zeise, that was his only game of the year as he sustained a serious lower-body injury that kept him out for the remainder of the year. Zeise worked feverishly to come back stronger and better than ever and it showed when he earned the starting job as the team’s “Money” linebacker prior to the 2017 campaign. The team’s “Money” backer is usually aligned to the boundary side of the field and must be one of the most physical players on the team. Zeise finished his first year as a full-time starter with 49 total tackles, five tackles-for-loss, and three pass breakups. In 14 games (12 starts), Zeise held it down at the “Money” linebacker spot once again and posted similar numbers from the year prior. He ended with 48 total tackles, four tackles-for-loss, one sack, two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Elijah Zeise Pittsburgh LB6'2" 240 lbs.▪️80.8 Run-Defense Grade in 2018 (9th among ACC LBs)▪️41 Career Defensive Stops▪️1 Sack pic.twitter.com/78PDpm6VAN— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) April 30, 2019 I think Zeise is going to have one of, if not, the most difficult paths to making the final 53-man roster. There’s just not much that stands out from his career production or athleticism that would give him a leg-up on any of the other players at his position. Besides some special teams value, I’m not sure there is much that Zeise can offer the team. At this moment, he’s likely nothing more than a camp body. […]

  • Daily Links: Philip Rivers contract extension will happen
    by Richard Wade on May 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Your daily dose of Los Angeles Chargers news & notes from around the web. Chargers Owner Dean Spanos: New Philip Rivers Contract 'Will Happen' - Paul Kasabian"We have an understanding, as long as [Rivers] wants to be here, we want him here," Spanos told reporters at the Chargers Invitational golf tournament. Los Angeles Chargers undrafted rookie spotlight: Koda Martin - Travis WakemanIf you figure that Russell Okung, Mike Pouncey, Michael Schofield, Sam Tevi, Dan Feeney, Forrest Lamp and Trey Pipkins have spots on the roster, Martin would have to take a roster spot from a player such as Spencer Drango, Scott Quessenberry or Trent Scott. Not impossible by any means. Contract Year RBs: Fantasy Appeal of the Walk Year Stars - Neil DuttonGordon is one of only three RBs with at least 400 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons too. As the numbers suggest, he has been one of the true workhorses at the RB spot, which was evident in 2018. According to PlayerProfiler, Gordon’s Opportunity Share last season was 63.9 percent, No. 11 at his position. Los Angeles Chargers: Where do team’s biggest weaknesses exist? - Travis WakemanThe Chargers are now in the evaluation process of exactly what they have on their 90-man roster. Training camp and preseason games will help determine the best 53 players to keep, but the team can always keep an eye out for players who could come in and serve as an upgrade. Most accurate NFL quarterbacks by separation in 2018 - Mark ChichesterThe Chargers’ signal-caller ended the 2018 regular season with a 95.1 passing grade from his throws to open targets – fifth among qualifying quarterbacks. He led the league with a 78.7% accuracy rate on these throws, while he also led the league with a 22.6% “accuracy plus” percentage. Social Media Information: BFTB Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BFTB Twitter: Follow @BFTB_Chargers The Lightning Round Twitter: Follow @Lightning_Round The Lightning Round Facebook: Click here to like our page BFTB Manager: Richard Wade: Follow @RichardWad […]

  • Chargers could be perfect fit for FA DT Gerald McCoy
    by Michael Peterson on May 21, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they planned on releasing long-time defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after nine seasons. Soon after the news broke, Adam Schefter tweeted out a list of teams that would be good to perfect fits for the coveted free agent, including the Chargers. Former Buccaneers' DT Gerald McCoy wants to sign with a playoff contender, and of course make money. But he wants to win. Spots that would make sense include the Browns, the Patriots, the Chargers, the Jaguars, and the Cowboys amongst others.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2019 Recently, the Chargers re-signed Damion Square to provide some more depth at the tackle spot which has widely been noted as one of the weaker positions on the Bolts. After that move was announced, the team released offensive tackle Zachary Crabtree, a former UDFA from last year. This opened up a single spot left on the roster, leaving the team with 89 total players as OTAs get rolling. Many have speculated that the Chargers have one more move to make this offseason. Could they have been playing the long game with McCoy this whole time? Time will tell, but adding McCoy to their defensive interior would vault the position group up to the likes of their secondary in terms of talent and experience. […]

 

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