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Team Report - SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

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  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/team-report-san-diego-chargers-194317805--nfl.html

    Dwight Freeney is being eased into the San Diego Chargers' minicamp drills. And that's fine with him.

    "I'm doing some little things," Freeney said. "They just put me in when they want to put me and as an older guy here, year 13, I'm not complaining."

    All indications are Freeney will be back after last season was cut short by a quad injury in week four.

    "Honestly when it happened it was, 'All right, I'll be out for three weeks' after I felt a little pop; I walked over to the sideline on my own.

    "And by the time I got over to the locker room the doctor said, 'You're going to be out for about four.' I thought, 'oh about four weeks.' And he said, 'four months,' and I said, 'Whoa.'"

    But Freeney is confident he's on track to return. He said if the Chargers had their opener this week, he would be a go.

    "It's coming along really good," he said. "But we are not playing the Cardinals yet. But absolutely I could definitely play right now. I'm right on track."

    The Chargers are hopeful that track leads to the pocket. Desperate for a pass rush, the addition of Freeney -- even at 34 years of age -- would be a plus for a team that struggled getting heat on the quarterbacks.

    Freeney, who had but five sacks in 2013 in his last year with the Colts because of a foot ailment, is eager to show his tank isn't dry.

    "It's not only showing everybody, it's showing myself," said Freeney, who has 108 career sacks. "That I can still be very effective and still play with the top guys in the league. That is my mentality."

    Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Freeney's legacy doesn't need a boost. Instead, it's about an elite player wanting to be productive.

    "All the great ones in the league come in and try to prove something and make a statement that they can still play," McCoy said. "Regardless of age."

    Regardless of the motivation, Freeney, who had 0.5 sacks last season, has plenty to play for.

    "I think every year you still try to get the same type of things out of it: being effective, helping the team win however that is," Freeney said. "And now, obviously, this year you add a couple more things to it.

    "You want to go out there and play as hard as you possibly can, but not only that, but to prove to everybody that I am back."

    NOTES, QUOTES

    --Running back Ryan Mathews is coming off his best season. Too bad that doesn't include the post-season. The Chargers rode Mathews hard last year down the stretch, leaning on him during a four-game winning streak that propelled them into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

    But Mathews had a balky ankle in the post-season that all but negated the team's top runner.

    "It was hard not being able to finish the year out," Mathews said at the Chargers' minicamp. "Sixteen games is 16 games and that's what everyone wants to do, is play a whole season.

    "But I really wasn't able to contribute in the games after the season, and those are the real games where it counts. And that is where my expectations are this year. I got to do more and do better so I can be there with my guys, so I can help them out as much as I can when we get there again."

    Mathews, a former first-round pick, had a breakout season in rushing for a career-high 1,255 yards, the eighth-highest total in franchise history. In six games, Mathews went past the 100-yard mark, including a career-high 144 yards in the season-finale.

    Mathews goes into this season with confidence, a healthy ankle and some company in the backfield after the Chargers signed free agent Donald Brown to complement Danny Woodhead and Mathews.

    "It's great; it's another weapon to the offense and he is a great player," Mathews said. "You see all the great things he did up with the Colts."

    But what about ball distribution?

    "Everybody wants the ball; you're a running back, you want the ball," Mathews said. "But there is only one ball in the game and we all have to take turns.

    "We're all competing against each other every day and we're all striving to make each other better. We have three different backs that do three different things with three different running styles."

    --Strong safety Brandon Taylor was released. Taylor was the 73rd pick of the 2012 draft and played in four games with one start his rookie season. He was inactive for all the games last season.

    --Coach Mike McCoy ended the three-day minicamp a day earlier. "I'm pleased where we are right now," McCoy said.

    --The Chargers open training camp at Chargers Park on July 24. The team doesn't have any joint practices scheduled with other teams.

    --Free-agent cornerback Brandon Flowers is on the Chargers' radar and has made a visit.

    --Cornerback Jason Verrett, the team's top pick, said he'll be healed from his offseason shoulder surgery to compete for a role in training camp.

    --The Chargers incorporated music throughout much of their minicamp practices. Much of it was hip-hop and rock tunes, which had some asking if the tunes were lifted from quarterback Philip Rivers' iPod. "I don't have an iPod," Rivers said. Is he an eight-track guy? "No," he said, "AM-FM."

    --With right guard Jeromey Clary sidelined, Johnnie Troutman has been running with the first team.

    --Wide receiver Malcom Floyd, back from a serious neck injury, has been going with the starters opposite of Keenan Allen. When the Chargers go into a three-wide formation, Eddie Royal is in the slot.

    --Rookie wide receiver Tevin Reese has been sharing return duties with Keenan Allen and Royal.

    --Following a good 2013 season, the Chargers carried over their quality work into the offseason. So coach Mike McCoy gave the team a hall pass Wednesday.

    Thursday was supposed to be the final day of the squad's three-day minicamp, but when a yell went up at the end of Wednesday's practice, observers knew something was in the air.

    "They are done," McCoy said.

    Not just for Wednesday, but for Thursday, too.

    McCoy said he is so upbeat about the players' progress, he pointed them toward the exits. The players are required to return to Chargers Park on July 23, one day before the start of training camp.

    "I think the players have done an outstanding job this offseason and worked extremely hard, did a great job and done everything we asked of them," McCoy said. "This is a little bit of an appreciation for what they did; I think we are at a good point right now.'

    The Chargers arrived at this place by having a good season. Despite being 5-7 with four weeks remaining, the Chargers ran the table and took advantage of the teams above them collapsing. They rode that hot streak into a road playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals before their season, and McCoy's first year as a head coach, ended with a defeat against the Broncos in Denver.

    McCoy doesn't sense any playoff hangover. Instead he is pleased overall -- although he laid into the team pretty good with a post-practice rant last week.

    "I thought about it, and I think the way they practiced and worked from the very first day of the offseason program, and the last couple of days, I was happy where we are at right now," McCoy said.

    McCoy kept news of the early dismissal a tight secret. He didn't decide to spring his charges loose until late Wednesday morning.

    "I didn't tell anybody," he said. "There were two or three people here who knew what I was going to do, but the coaches had no idea and I made the decision about halfway through practice."

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    A closer look at the Chargers' picks:

    Round 1/25 -- Jason Verrett, CB, 5-9, 189, Texas Christian

    --We get it -- he's short. But Verrett compensates for not reaching the 5-10 mark with fantastic leaping ability, fluid hips and a knack for competing when the ball is in the air. He might be more suited to play inside, but he'll get a chance there, and on the outside, during camp. The Chargers are desperate for help in the secondary and it appears Verrett can help right away.

    Round 2/50 -- Jerry Attaochu, OLB, 6-3, 252, Georgia Tech

    --The Chargers surrendered a fourth-round pick to move up seven slots to secure Attaochu. He exited Georgia Tech as its all-time leader with 31.5 sacks and will be asked to find the quarterback for the Chargers.

    Round 3/89 -- Chris Watt, G, 6-3, 310, Notre Dame

    --Looking for depth, the Chargers got it here with this three-year starter for the Fighting Irish. What's impressive is his size for that position and his ability to clear running lanes. Notre Dame ran for 200 yards in seven games last season, and Watt was among the reasons why.

    Round 5/165 -- Ryan Carrethers, NT, 6-1, 337, Arkansas State

    --Eager to get an anchor in the middle, the Chargers took a flier with Carrethers. He's an All Sun-Belt performer and delivers the girth and strength that the Chargers seek; he lifted 225 pounds 32 times at the combine. He has a wrestling background and is keen on obtaining the proper leverage.

    Round 6/201 --Marion Grice, RB, 6-0, 208, Arizona State

    --Not a back with elite speed, but one that is patient in waiting for his blocks and can hit the hole with quickness. Seems to be a good option on third downs as he has soft hands and is adequate in pass blocking. The end of his season last year was derailed by a leg injury, but according to the Chargers, he's good to go.

    Round 7/240 -- Tevin Reese, WR, 5-10, 163, Baylor

    --Like speed? Then you'll like Reese. He's not going to dazzle anyone with his solid hands or nifty routes, but what he can do is run, and run fast. Consider that of his 25 touchdown catches at Baylor, 22 of them went for at least 40 yards. A burner, something the Chargers lack.

    PERSONNEL TRACKER

    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

    --WR Danario Alexander (not tendered as UFA).

    --ILB Bront Bird (not tendered as ERFA).

    --RB Ronnie Brown (not tendered as UFA).

    RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

    EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

    DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED

    --CB Jason Verrett (1/25): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

    --LB Jeremiah Attaochu (2/50): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

    --G Chris Watt (3/89): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

    --NT Ryan Carrethers (5/165); 4 yrs, terms unknown.

    --RB Marion Grice (6/201): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

    --WR Tevin Reese (7/240): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

    PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

    --WR Seyi Ajirotitu: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

    --LB Donald Butler: Potential UFA; $51.8M/7 yrs, $11.15M SB/$12M OB 2017.

    --CB Richard Marshall: UFA; $855,000/1 yr.

    --G Rich Ohrnberger: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

    --G/T Chad Rinehart: Potential UFA; $6M/2 yrs.

    --S Darrell Stuckey: Potential UFA; terms unknown.

    --ILB Reggie Walker: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

    PLAYERS ACQUIRED

    --QB Kellen Clemens: UFA Rams; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

    --ILB Kavell Conner: UFA Colts; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

    --CB Brandon Ghee: UFA Bengals; $1.65M/2 yrs.

    --TE David Johnson: UFA Steelers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

    PLAYERS LOST

    --CB Derek Cox (released).

    --WR Lavelle Hawkins: UFA Buccaneers; terms unknown.

    --FB Le'Ron McClain (released).

    --CB Johnny Patrick (released).

    --G/C Steve Schilling: Not tendered as ERFA/Seahawks; terms unknown.

    --DT Cam Thomas: UFA Steelers; $4M/2 yrs, $1M SB.

    --QB Charlie Whitehurst: UFA Titans; $4.25M/2 yrs, $1M SB/$2M guaranteed.
     
  2. HollywoodLeo

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    I keep forgetting we still have Freeney. :roflmao:
     
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    I could've sworn I read all of this weeks ago......... Oh yeah, I did. This Yahoo "author" simply poached several UT articles and cobbled them together. I guess that's what passes for sports journalism today.
     
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  4. Concudan

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    I thought that only happened with forum articles... ;)
     
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    Apparently, the virus is spreading..... there may be no stopping it.
     
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    In other news, our Montana correspondent reports that the 7th Cavalry, led by General George Armstrong Custer, suffered a stinging defeat at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
    Film at 11.
     
  8. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Where did that damn dog dig this thing up?????
     

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