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  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Chargers' Chris Watt: Undergoes knee surgery

    Watt underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in June and could miss the start of the regular season, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    While the recovery timetable doesn't appear to be strenuous, it's yet another setback for the third-year pro, who has been stifled by a litany of injuries throughout much of his career. Considering theChargers added two centers, free agent Matt Slauson and 2016 third-round pick Max Tuerk, during the offseason, Watt could become a roster spot causality should he not take the field during training camp.
     
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    Chargers' Darius Philon: Poised for an increased role in 2016

    Philon operated as San Diego's starting defensive end while Joey Bosa sat out offseason activities over a contract dispute, per ESPN.com.

    The Chargers' sixth-round selection in 2015, Philon had been granted draft eligibility as an underclassmen, entering the league as a redshirt sophomore. He was appropriately deemed a very raw prospect, but after just one campaign in the pros, Philon has seemed to have worked himself into San Diego's rotation on the defensive line. Even with the addition of first-rounder Joey Bosa, Philon appears set to see an uptick in snaps during the upcoming 2016 season.
     
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    How the Chargers will use WR Stevie Johnson

    SAN DIEGO -- With the addition of tight end Hunter Henry and fullback Derek Watt from this year’s draft, the San Diego Chargers likely will use two-tight-end and two-running-back sets a bit more frequently in 2016.

    But that does not mean the Chargers will not lean on three-receiver sets again this season.

    When San Diego goes to its two-minute and hurry-up offense, it will use a three-receiver formation because of the ability for quarterback Philip Rivers to quickly read the defense and create favorable matchups with that personnel grouping.

    And one of the strong points for San Diego’s offense is the three-receiver personnel group of Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Stevie Johnson at receiver, Antonio Gates at tight end and Danny Woodhead at running back.


    @eric_d_williams: Through the first four games of last season, Stevie Johnson was targeted 21 times, totaling 18 receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson established a good rapport with Rivers during offseason work and was an important part of a San Diego offense that averaged 24 points a contest through the first four games.

    Then Antonio Gates returned to the field after a four-game suspension and Johnson missed the next three games with a hamstring injury.

    Johnson missed six games because of hamstring and groin injuries last season. He finished with 45 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson hasn’t played a full, 16-game season since 2012.

    And while Johnson had his best game statistically in Week 12 against theJacksonville Jaguars, finishing with seven receptions for 92 yards and a touchdowns, he never regained the consistency he showed earlier in the year.

    The Chargers ran 710 snaps in three-receiver sets last season. During Ken Whisenhunt's tenure as the team's offensive coordinator in 2013, the Chargers ran 583 snaps in three-receiver sets.

    So with the return of Whisenhunt in 2016, the Chargers will likely use more run-heavy personnel groups. But they won’t totally go away from using three-receiver sets.

    And that means if Johnson can stay healthy, he will receive plenty of targets this year. Even though he turns 30 next month, Johnson has shown he can still create separation in the middle of the field on third down and in the red zone.

    @eric_d_williams: Entering his second season, Darius Philon is expected to take a jump in production in 2016.

    Philon has been used as an interior pass rusher in obvious passing situations during offseason work. And when rookie Joey Bosa missed time during mandatory minicamp due to a contract dispute, Philon replaced the Ohio State product in San Diego’s base defense at defensive end.

    A sixth-round selection out of the University of Arkansas last year, Philon benefitted from the presence of veteran Brandon Mebane in San Diego’s defensive-line group. And the hope is the 22-year-old will continue to develop and mature as a pass rusher.

    Philon played 138 snaps last season, finishing with five tackles -- including two tackles for loss -- and two quarterback hits.

    “His skillset is pretty good,” Chargers defensive line coach Giff Smith told the team’s website. “He has really good hips, explosive power, long arms and a big butt. He can do a lot of good things for us. He is someone who is intriguing. Hopefully we can develop him, and I think he can be a really good player in this league. I’m excited to see him develop. He’s a good guy to keep an eye on as we move forward.”
     
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    AFC West Q&A: Can Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rush for 1,000 yards this season?

    Today's question: Coming off microfracture surgery, can second-year running back Melvin Gordon rush for 1,000 yards this season?


    Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: The allure of a 1,000-yard rushing season is somewhat tempered by the fact that a back, in the 16-game NFL season, needs to average a rather pedestrian 62.5 yards rushing per game to hit the benchmark. But Gordon averaged more than that total in just one game the past season -- an 88-yard effort in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals -- before surgery, and the odds are stacked against his bouncing back with a 1,000-yard season. History has shown that though players can often return to the field within four to six months of surgery, it often takes a full calendar year for those who have had microfracture surgery to return to full strength. That would seem to be especially true for a running back. The Chargers were 22nd in the league in rushing attempts the past season and were last in rushing touchdowns, with four; Gordon had no rushing touchdowns in his rookie season. With an offense that figures to once again lean on quarterback Philip Rivers -- the Chargers were tied for second in the league in pass attempts the past season -- behind an offensive line with question marks and a back coming off microfracture surgery, a 1,000-yard season seems a lot to ask.

    Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: It’s going to take a lot for that to happen. Gordon has to be healthy, and even if he is, he’ll need to be far more productive than he was as a rookie, when he rushed for 641 yards and, more troubling, 3.5 yards per carry. At that rate, he’ll need almost 300 carries to get to 1,000 yards. It's not that the Chargers wouldn’t give him the ball that much, if necessary, but it probably won’t be necessary. San Diego was 4-12 last season, and quarterback Philip Rivers will again need to throw a lot for the Chargers to stay competitive. Gordon is talented enough to get to 1,000 yards, and the improvements San Diego made on the offensive line will get him closer than he got last year. But he will fall short of reaching that plateau. Only two AFC runners reached 1,000 yards the past season, and Gordon won’t be one of the select few to do so this year.

    Paul Gutierrez, Oakland Raiders reporter: Can he? Sure, I suppose, so long as he’s healthy and ready to roll, given his combination of physicality and speed. But the Bolts are still Philip Rivers’ team, and so long as the quarterback and his omnipresent Bolo tie are running things in Mission Valley, the Chargers will be a pass-first team. Always. Besides, what did Gordon show last season to suggest that he’s a 1,000-yard back, even if the milestone is not what it used to be on the sporting landscape? To get to 1,000 yards on the ground, a back needs “merely” 62.5 rushing yards per game, and Gordon averaged 45.8 rushing yards in 14 games the past season. He averaged fewer than 3.5 yards per carry on his 184 attempts, so to get to 1,000 yards, Gordon would need 103 more rushes. In his lone appearance against the Raiders, he rushed for 29 yards on seven carries as San Diego played catch-up in a 37-29 loss. Sorry, I just don’t see it happening in the current Chargers environment.
     
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    Reyes and Mathews were not re-signed and Bosa is holding out.

    Way to "work yourself" into a starting position, Darius! :tup:
     
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    I am thinking that unless management is somehow trying to save face, Watt is going to miss the start of the year (and every other game this year) because he is not going to be on the final 53 man roster.
     
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    Henry couldn't get open to get very many TDs in the red zone in college. I doubt he makes much of an impact in the NFL, especially as a rookie. Gates, Benjamin and Woodhead are most likely to get the majority of the receiving TDs that Allen does not get.

    When Allen has been paired with a good WR (like the 2014 version of Floyd), his numbers have dropped. When Allen has no other good WR to work with, then his numbers have really taken off (because Rivers essentially had no other good WRs to target). With the addition of Benjamin, I am expecting Allen's per game numbers to drop down some.

    I think Allen will have a good year, but that he will not quite get to 12 TDs (maybe more like 9-10).
     
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    Assuming Tuerk is actually healthy and shows he can step in for Slauson, then I won't be surprised to see Watt go on IR for the year (can be brought up if needed), and then get released next year.

    However, if Tuerk is either not healthy, or not able to step in, then I won't be surprised to see him on IR, and Watt as the backup OC.
     
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    Oh no, what are we gonna do
     
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    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    PUP to play it safe.
     
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    Shouldn't the PUP be reserved for players you actually want to keep? ;)
     
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    Saw that the other day too. Not really much boldness to that prediction I'll even go one better 13 tds to a full season of play from KA.

    What shocks me is how low down KA is gettin drafted in mocks. Tdek.

    I'm takin KA anywhere in Rd 2 in a 12 man league ever day til sept.

    He's my Brandon Marshall this year. Shh.
     
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    Chargers fill need for speed with Travis Benjamin

    SAN DIEGO -- One of the areas San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco wanted to improve during the offseason was team speed.

    And with the addition of Travis Benjamin, Telesco checked a box on offense and special teams.

    The Chargers finished with a league-worst 84 yards on punt returns in 2015, so Benjamin offers an immediate upgrade as an electric punt returner. But the University of Miami product also will help the Chargers create more explosive plays on offense.

    San Diego finished tied for 14th in the NFL last season in passing plays of 20-plus yards with 53. The Chargers also finished tied for No. 19 in the league in 2015 with just nine running plays of 20-plus yards.

    So San Diego is counting on the addition of an explosive receiver in Benjamin, along with speedy second-year pro Tyrell Williams to help create chunk plays as vertical threats down the field.

    “I already knew he was fast, but being around him it is game-changing fast,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said about Benjamin. “Not that we’re just going to heave him up a bunch of deep balls, but the threat that he can run by you makes every once in a while an easy, 10 or 12-yard completion.

    “It just makes the defense go, ‘Oooh, is he going?’ It’s an added element. And it’s the same type of impact Tyrell could have, but in a different way. Tyrell isn’t as established as Travis, but he does add something from a speed standpoint. And there’s something about that. They can’t crowd you all of the time if that know that, ‘Wait a minute -- they will throw it deep, and he can run by me.’”

    Rivers went on to say that those are two key things offenses want defenses to have a doubt about -- that a receiver can run by you and the quarterback will throw it deep.

    Rivers also said Benjamin can beat defense on short routes like shallow crosses for big gains.

    “It’s like a punt return for him,” Rivers said. “I don’t anticipate that all of his chunk plays will be balls travelling a long way. A lot of them will be short throws that hopefully lead to long runs.”

    Vertical threats like Benjamin and Williams also could have an impact on getting Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver going in the running game, giving the Chargers more favorable matchups at the line of scrimmage.

    “I think it works both ways,” Rivers said. “If you get into a position where you’ve hit some deep balls and done some things vertically, it may make in certain situations where a defense is thinking shot play, and they’re play Cover 2 or some of those softer coverages, and therefore you’re in a two-back set with a light box, and you’re able to get some things done in the run game.

    “On the flip side of that, if we’re running the ball well, then you’re going to get more eight-man boxes with defenses stacking it in there, and that’s where you get your chunk plays.”
     
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    Chargers' Travis Benjamin: Injured during spring camp

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    Benjamin missed the final practice during theChargers spring camp with an undisclosed injury, Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Considering nothing else has come from the Chargers in regards to the injury, it appears as if the injury is not significant. The 26-year-old joined the Chargers this offseason after a breakout 2015 campaign with the Browns, in which the speed threat tallied 68 catches, 966 yards and five touchdowns despite a rotating carousel at quarterback. He's expected to take over as the team's No. 2 receiver and will act as a deep threat for QB Philip Rivers while Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson catch passes in the middle of the field.

    Chargers' Branden Oliver: Moving well following season-ending injury

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    Oliver (toe) was looking quick and fluid during the final days of the Chargers offseason minicamp, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Oliver was placed on IR after Week 8 thanks to a turf toe injury, but the undrafted back from Buffalo looks to be healthy heading into his third training camp with the team. While Oliver isn't expected to receive a majority of the carries to start the year, he's still in line to be the primary backup for starter Melvin Gordon (knee) and versatile receiving threat Danny Woodhead (ankle). Oliver is expected to see some competition for the role in the form of Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow, but it remains to be seen how many running backs the Chargers will keep on the roster heading into the new year.


    Chargers' Danny Woodhead: Likely healthy for start of training camp

    Woodhead (ankle) is expected to be healthy for training camp, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Woodhead sprained his ankle during the second-to-last day of minicamp, but was able to walk off under his own power. Considering Melvin Gordon may need some time to get his feet underneath him following offseason microfracture knee surgery, the 32-year-old running back is expected to be one of the main weapons for the Chargers, particularly in third down and no-huddle situations.
     
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    AFC West Q&A: Will rookie Joey Bosa finish with double-digit sacks?

    Today's question: Will No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers finish with double-digit sacks in his rookie season?

    Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: A tough player who has consistently disrupted opposing offenses -- so much so he was among the top three players on several teams' boards before the draft -- Joey Bosa did not finish his career at Ohio State with double-take sack numbers. He had 7.5 sacks as a freshman and five as a junior. And while Bosa may have already grown weary of the whole "next J.J. Watt" narrative, it's worth pointing out that Watt has had more sacks -- a lot more -- in four of his five NFL seasons than he had in his final season at Wisconsin, when he had seven. But Watt, having to fight his way in the interior of the line, had five sacks as an NFL rookie as his strength, technique -- particularly with his hands -- and core power caught up to his physical gifts. Bosa will battle powerful, savvy blockers who will often take advantage of mistakes he makes in his footwork or hand placement. He will likely flash the skills that made him such a coveted player, but to cross the 10-sack barrier for a player who will not turn 21 until early July is a lot to ask, especially if he's slugging it out with strong-side guards and tackles.

    Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: It's been a while since any rookie had double-digit sacks, so the odds are against him. Pass-rushing skills take time to refine. Rare is the rookie who comes into the league with enough in his pass-rushing repertoire to be a consistent factor and Bosa, who had just five sacks at Ohio State last season, is no exception. Looking at some of the top pass-rushers in the AFC West, only Denver's Von Miller topped 10 sacks as a rookie; he had 11.5 in 2011. But Miller was an unusual case in that he was one of the rare rookies who did enter the league with enough pass-rushing skills to make a consistent impact. Kansas City's Justin Houston had 5.5 sacks as a rookie, Oakland's Khalil Mack four. So Bosa will also take time to get to 10 or more sacks. It won't happen for him as a rookie.

    Paul Gutierrez, Oakland Raiders reporter: Depends. Is he a 4-3 base defensive end or an outside linebacker in a base 3-4 defense? It all depends on what scheme the Chargers employ, right? Bosa, following in the footsteps of his father John, a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1987, was one of the more intriguing draft picks this past spring after racking up 26 sacks in three seasons at Ohio State. But after getting 13.5 sacks as a sophomore, he had only five sacks last fall. So, how does that translate to the NFL? Well, after the Chargers drafted Bosa, a Raiders beat writer tweeted that Oakland left tackleDonald Penn, who is sure to face Bosa twice this fall, was "brushing up on his Bosa tape." Penn took the challenge to heart. "He better brush up on my tape," Penn responded in a since-deleted tweet. "I stay ready." If Bosa is to get double-digit sacks, he does not figure to pile them up against Penn. At least not on social media.
     
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    Tuerk signed his deal..... that just leaves Bosa unsigned.
     
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    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    The new T-shirts for Bolts season ticket holders just came in. "Charge On" is the logo in front, and Lightning Doesn't Have an off switch" is on the back.
     
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    Lightning is also scattered and inconsistent. ;)
     
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    Just got mine. Shirts seem of better quality this year.
     
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    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    ^^^ Yeah, like the printing is actually centered correctly. Fruit of the Loom.
     
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    they had a lot less to print this year so they could splurge on quality tees, lol
     
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    In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series, we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in the coming campaign.

    There are plenty of reasons why you don't know Denzel Perryman. He wasn't a permanent starter last year until Week 11 and played on a forgettable edition of one of football's most forgotten franchises, the San Diego Chargers. He lines up as a thumping 3-4 inside linebacker, a position almost as out of step with modern NFL trends as a wingback.

    If Perryman proved anything last year, it's that he's going to make you pay attention anyway.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000673940/article/making-the-leap-chargers-lb-denzel-perryman
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Good read. I hope it works out for my benefit too, sure would be nice to ride in a Gold Pumpkin.
     
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    Question to Denzel Perryman..... "Whats the best advice anyone has given you?"

    The answer: "It was my dad..... He said clean someone's clock before they clean yours." ;)
     
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    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I like Corey Liuget and all, he's a fine enough player, but there's a reason Cameron Jordan and Mo Wilkerson were higher on everyone's boards (as 5-tech DEs).

    I'd trade him in a heartbeat for either of them.
     

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