Player News - Chargers

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Chargers DC Gus Bradley has been impressed with second-year DE Chris Landrum.

The UDFA out of Jacksonville State has been running as the starter opposite LE Joey Bosa this week at OTAs with RE Melvin Ingram skipping the voluntary workouts. Landrum missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury, but Bradley admitted Landrum was impressive last spring and showed "flashes." Tenny Palepoi was the Chargers' third end last season but wasn't re-signed.
May 22 - 11:50 PM

Chargers LE Joey Bosa said he plans to play in the 260-265 pounds range.

The Chargers list Bosa at 280 pounds, but he said he played in the 260-265 range last year and plans to stay there in 2018. It worked last year, as Bosa was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 pass-rushing 4-3 end out of 64 qualifiers and was seventh in the league with 12.5 sacks. The former No. 3 overall pick said the slimmer frame allows him to play with more speed while also keeping his strength. He and Melvin Ingram form one of the best pass-rush duos in the league.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL at Chargers OTAs on Tuesday.

What a devastating blow to a player who was projected to play a massive role in a Chargers offense without Antonio Gates in it for the first time in 15 years. Henry is obviously done for the season, and it leaves Virgil Green currently atop the depth chart. It’s fair to wonder if the Bolts will turn back to Gates after they told him they were moving on earlier this offseason. However, Gates showed he has little to nothing left in the tank. Perhaps the Chargers will use more three- and four-wide sets with their abundance of receivers, including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin. GM Tom Telesco may also explore the trade market.
May 22 - 9:45 PM

NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports Chargers OL Forrest Lamp, who missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL, underwent a "minor procedure" over the offseason, and has yet to resume working out.

Per coach Anthony Lynn, the No. 38 overall pick of last year's draft will supposedly be cleared soon. Another surgery is never good news but it is still possible Lamp will be ready for training camp. Provided he can get healthy, Lamp will be penciled into one of the Chargers' guard spots.
May 15 - 3:16 PM

Sophomore WR Mike Williams said he is getting "a lot" of help from Keenan Allen.

The No. 7 overall pick last year, Williams is coming off an essentially lost rookie year in which he was sidelined through camp and the early part of the season with a back injury, missed more time with a knee issue, and caught just 11 passes in 10 games. He is healthy now, however, and getting route-running tips from one of the best in the game. Assuming he stays healthy, Williams will compete with Tyrell Williams for the No. 2 job.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 9:37 AM

Chargers signed WR Nelson Spruce.

An UDFA out of Colorado in 2016, Spruce spent his rookie season with the Rams before landing on the Bears' practice squad last year. He is a long-shot to crack the final roster.
May 15 - 9:08 AM

Chargers signed third-round DT Justin Jones to a four-year contract.

Jones was overshadowed by B.J. Hill on a loaded NC State defensive line, but has a clear path to snaps with the Chargers. With Corey Liuget suspended the first four games, Jones should open the year in a rotation with Darius Philon. Jones also figures to spell NT Brandon Mebane in sub-packages.
May 12 - 5:04 PM

Hunter Henry said he is "ready to step up" with Antonio Gates not returning.

On Friday, the Chargers announced they would move on from Gates, who had been with the organization since 2003. While Henry talked about how "incredible" it was to play with a future Hall of Famer, he said he is ready to take over. Fantasy owners who saw him post a 45/579/4 line on just 62 targets last year are also ready to see Henry get a full workload. Henry should be drafted as a clear TE1 and is arguably a top-five option at the position.
May 1 - 9:20 AM

Chargers signed Texas A&M P Shane Tripucka.

Tripucka (6’3/211) took over as the Aggies’ punter his final two years in College Station and was sensational as a senior, ranking second in the NCAA in net-punting average (43.4 yards) with 46.1 gross yards per punt, the fifth-best mark in Texas A&M history. The nephew and grandson of Notre Dame basketball and football stars Kelly and Frank Tripucka, Shane is a big-legged athlete who will have to iron out his ball placement to make it in the pros.
Apr 29 - 12:32 PM

Chargers signed Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson.

Facyson (6’2/203) made 47 starts in the Hokies’ secondary, logging nine career tackles for loss and five interceptions, but no picks after his 2013 true freshman year. He did set an all-time Virginia Tech record for pass breakups (44), and PFF College credited Facyson with a 38.1% completion rate allowed in 2017. Big and long with adequate speed (4.53), Facyson’s early college career was riddled by leg injuries, including a fracture and another stress reaction, so he will be a 24-year-old rookie. Nevertheless, Facyson is a toolsy enough press-corner prospect to have a shot at an Eric Rowe-like career.
Apr 29 - 12:26 PM

Chargers signed Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek.

Shimonek (6’3/220) was the Red Raiders’ backup until his redshirt senior year, when Shimonek exploded for a 67% completion rate, 33:10 TD-to-INT ratio, and 8.0 YPA. PFF College charted Shimonek with the highest passer rating on 20-plus-yards throws (135.4) in all of Division I. Shimonek played poorly for one late-season stretch and was briefly benched by coach Kliff Kingsbury, however, an additional red flag on his already limited resume. Shimonek is a talented passer with plus athleticism and size, but his track record is spotty at best. He’s a developmental project.
Apr 28 - 8:17 PM

Chargers signed Minnesota DT Steven Richardson.

Richardson (5’11/295) was a four-year starter on the Gophers’ defensive line, tallying 28.5 career tackles for loss with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a senior and earned PFF College’s highest interior defensive lineman grade in the entire nation in 2017. Richardson does not fit the NFL’s prototype size for a three-technique tackle, however, and he is far from a nose guard. Richardson is a good player, but he seems likely to max out in a rotational role.
Apr 28 - 8:10 PM

Chargers signed Alabama CB Tony Brown.

Brown (6’0/199) was a sub-package slot corner and special teamer for the Crimson Tide, managing three career interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss. An All-American 4x400 sprinter for Alabama’s track team, Brown blazed 4.35 at the Combine with a lightning-quick 6.78 three-cone time. Arguably the top gunner in this draft class, Brown offers longer-range upside as a versatile defensive back with adequate size, outstanding tackling skills, and high-end athleticism.
Apr 28 - 7:01 PM

Chargers selected Northwestern RB Justin Jackson with the No. 251 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Jackson (6’0/199) joined Ron Dayne as the only running backs in Big Ten history to run for over 1,000 yards in all four seasons, logging a career 1,142/5,440/41 rushing line with 4.8 yards per carry and 122 receptions. One knock on Jackson is his massive college workload, but his ability to handle that much usage can also be spun as a positive, particularly at his size. Jackson helped himself in Indy with 76th-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.5-flat speed and quick-footed 6.81 three-cone time. An elusive, sudden cutter with plus passing-game chops, Jackson’s production profile, athleticism, and versatility suggest he’s a candidate to outkick pre-draft expectations.
Apr 28 - 6:41 PM

Chargers selected Texas Tech WR Dylan Cantrell with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

A big-bodied (6-foot-3, 226 pounds) possession receiver, Cantrell recorded 129 catches for 1,491 yards (11.56 YPR) and 15 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Texas Tech. Cantrell unsurprisingly ran a 4.59 at the Combine, but he showed extremely well in the explosion drills (38.5-inch vertical, 130-inch broad) and managed the 3-cone drill in 6.56. Cantrell's floor is as a possession receiver with good balls skills, and his testing numbers suggest he could develop into something more.
Apr 28 - 4:24 PM


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