Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett knows a thing or two about quality defensive-back play.
Some may say that his knowledge of solid secondary play is only trumped by that of his familiarity of being injured and knowing his way around the trainer’s room.
Though No. 22 has missed more than his fair share of games, there is no doubt that he is a stud when healthy and on the field, flashing glimpses of greatness often.
After going wide receiver in the first round (Mike Williams), then offensive line in the second and third rounds (Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, respectively), the Bolts switched their focus from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive unit of the club.
General manager Tom Telesco addressed the defensive backfield in the fourth and fifth rounds, selecting Rayshawn Jenkins of the University of Miami and Desmond King of the University of Iowa, respectively.
“It was great for us to get them,” Verrett told Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website. “When we drafted Rayshawn Jenkins from Miami, I texted Denzel (Perryman) quick and asked what he thought about him. Denzel said he was a dog, so it was nice to get that addition there and add more depth. With Desmond King from Iowa, I actually knew of him because he won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015. I thought that was a great pick as a guy who can come in and help us out in that nickel position.”
The fourth-year defensive back seemed to be looking forward to talking with both of his rookie peers, adding “I want to be able to pick their brains to see their strengths and weaknesses, and what they can do out on the field to help us. If we can get some ball hawks in the slot and nickel positions along with Casey (Hayward) and me on the outside, we could be dominant.”
The initial feeling around the NFL is that King has the potential to be the steal of the ’17 Draft, while Jenkins looks to have been chosen to play as an in-the-box safety for Gus Bradley’s defense, fitting into that Kam Chancellor-like role. Both players have impressive traits in defending both the passing and running games, but they are sure to be tested once stepping foot onto an NFL (Soccer) field.
I must say, the Chargers’ secondary is shaping up to be something special heading into this year, but it all boils down to staying healthy.
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It snuck up on me this year; the day we all lost our buddy, Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau Jr.
Seau passed away on this day in 2012.
I will never forget that day and how terrible it was to hear the news of the passing of the legend Junior Seau. I honestly don’t know if I had ever cried that much in my entire life.
I was going to try to write something here, but I am unable to do so at this time.
Instead, I am just going to post some pictures and highlights of the best linebacker to EVER play the game of football.
Just in case you weren’t crying yet, here’s an awesome Junior Seau Tribute Song:
I have been fortunate enough to meet both Mary and Savaii through work on the website, Buddy. Great people, Sir.
You are dearly missed, Buddy. You meant so much to all of San Diego, Oceanside and many other areas all over California, the U.S.A. and the world.
P.S. My eight-year-old daughter, Mekyah, has a 20-year-old best friend in the form of a beat-up, aging but vibrant cat. His name is Seau. Your name is spoken by myself and my family every single day, just as it has been since watching you crush opposing players during your days at USC.
After posting 10.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits during a 12-game rookie year, Los Angeles Chargers defensive Joey Bosa earned the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award for his stellar performance.
The third overall selection in the 2016 Draft out of Ohio State missed the first four games of last season due to a contract dispute and a hamstring injury.
Knowing that he missed four games makes his rookie output even more impressive.
On Monday, Bosa received the honor of being named to the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, an award that is voted on by NFL players.
Though the 21-year-old still has a lot to learn about the NFL, it goes without saying that he has an incredibly bright future in the league.
After notching four total sacks in his first three games played, No. 99 had a three-game “sackless” streak before finishing the year with at least one sack in five of his last six contests. (At least he wasn’t “physically/personally sacless,” so to speak. I’ll show myself out. Tip your servers and bartenders.)
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Florida native will be given every opportunity to surpass his impressive rookie stats now that the team has called upon Gus Bradley to take over the defensive coordinator position after John Pagano was not retained during this offseason.
The defensive stand-out should only get better in Bradley’s system, while also giving fans his celebrated “#ShrugLife” pose after wreaking havoc on the opposing team’s quarterbacks while setting up shop in their backfields.
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Now that the NFL Draft has concluded, you will begin to see folks like me stretching out the content a bit; perhaps even posting some (more) nonsense that will have you trying to figure out what the hell I was thinking when I thought that was a good idea.
Alas, he we are and you’re reading this right now.
Of the 15 undrafted free-agent rookies signed by the Los Angeles Chargers, one name sticks out among the others: Younghoe Koo.
Is that not an absolutely awesome name?
The former Georgia Southern kicker recently posted a video of an incredible field-goal attempt on his Twitter account, and you need to watch it to believe it.
— Younghoe Koo (@YounghoeKoo) December 1, 2016
The 22-year-old Koo, a Lou Groza Award Finalist and All-Sun Belt First-Team kicker as a senior, made 19 of his 20 field-goal attempts in his final year of college, tying a school record. He has a career-long of 53 yards as he enters the offseason program with the Bolts.
I can tell you right now that I am rooting for this guy, and I hope he gives incumbent Josh Lambo a run for his money during training camp and OTAs.
If he makes the 53-man roster, I am definitely going to have to purchase his jersey.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com has taken on the task of grading each and every one of the NFL’s 32 draft classes in this year’s draft.
Clearly, the conjecture involved here is what it is, but I really like Reuter and his work for NFL.com.
For the sake of this article, we’ll begin with his thoughts on the AFC West.
Garett Bolles (No. 20 overall), DeMarcus Walker (No. 51 overall), Carlos Henderson (No. 82 overall), Brendan Langley (No. 101 overall), Jake Butt (No. 145 overall), Isaiah McKenzie (No. 172 overall), De’Angelo Henderson (No. 203 overall), Chad Kelly (No. 253 overall)
Day 1 grade: C
Day 2 grade: A-
Day 3 grade: B+
Overall grade: B
The skinny: Garett Bolles is an athletic, tough-minded player. He’s also an older prospect who has lived through a lot. Some teams have concerns about his ability to handle complex line adjustments. The team certainly needed a left tackle, but Ryan Ramczyk was also available here. It will be interesting to compare the careers of those two players. Though DeMarcus Walker didn’t get a lot of love after his big first week in 2016, his power and hustle make him a great pass rusher. They got a good receiver in Carlos Henderson in the third round, one of the toughest pass-catchers to tackle in the draft. Bolstering the team’s cornerback depth was a major need, so picking up intriguing former FBS cornerback Brendan Langley was worthwhile.
Denver ended the draft with a bang — taking Chad Kelly at Mr. Irrelevant. Kelly’s potential makes him a non-irrelevant selection. There’s no reason not to make that pick given his arm strength and football acumen — if he can calm himself and focus on the task at hand. The Broncos‘ first pick of Day 3 was the top selection in the fifth round, tight end Jake Butt. He should be a solid starter when he recovers from his bowl game injury. They picked up an extra fifth from Cleveland in an earlier deal. Late-round running backs De’Angelo Henderson and Matt Dayes will make an impression in training camp.
My take on Bolles, Butt and Kelly:
I am not a fan of the fact that I like the Broncos’ draft class this year. Addressing the offensive line — adding Bolles — in the first was a must, and the team added one of my favorite prospects in the entire class in Michigan tight end Jake Butt.
The thing that sticks out to me the most is John Elway pulling the trigger on troubled quarterback Chad Kelly of Ole Miss.
Kelly, nephew of former NFL gunslinger Jim Kelly, was selected by Elway with the last pick of the draft (No. 253). The youngster has all of the makings on the field of a solid early-round prospect — injuries aside — but his inability to stay out of trouble off of the field resulted in his fall to the Mr. Irrelevant selection.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:
Day 1 grade: B+
Day 2 grade: A
Day 3 grade: C
Overall grade: B+
The skinny: Chiefs GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid saw Brett Favre in Green Bay, and they have to see some of that gunslinger attitude in Mahomes. There is a risk factor here given his penchant for throwing the ball anywhere and from any arm angle (which will turn into interceptions in the NFL), and they have up a future first-round pick to get him. But if anyone can get Mahomes to adjust and succeed, it’s Reid. Villanova doesn’t put out a lot of top football players, but the Philadelphia crowd love seeing Tanoh Kpassagnon get picked. He’s a very good five-technique with a lot of upside. The Chiefs got a starter in Kareem Hunt, an all-around player who can do it all. Patrick Mahomes has all of the tools to be a great quarterback.
The Chiefs continued to move up and down the board on Day 3. Jehu Chesson was inconsistent in his senior year, so I might have waited a bit to pick him given the other receivers available. They also gave up a fifth-round pick to pick him, which isn’t a premium selection, but would have helped with depth. Kansas City didn’t select a cornerback with some size, which would have helped this season.
My take on Mahomes:
Though I like this class as a whole, it begins and ends with the drafting of Mahomes.
The Texas Tech star seems primed to replace current quarterback Alex Smith sooner rather than later, as the latter is hardly an average signal caller at this point in his career.
Mahomes has as good of a chance to succeed in the NFL as any of his peers at the position from this class, possessing an awkward, yet highly accurate deep ball. Though he often throws off of his back foot and from odd trajectories, he still manages to give his receiving weapons great opportunities to come down with the rock. The only team in the AFC West that I was hoping to land the former Red Raider will be playing its home games at the StubHub Center in ’17.
Gareon Conley (No. 24 overall), Obi Melifonwu (No. 56 overall), Eddie Vanderdoes (No. 88 overall), David Sharpe (No. 129 overall), Marquel Lee (No. 167 overall), Shalom Luani (No. 221 overall), Jylan Ware (No. 231 overall), Elijah Hood (No. 242 overall), Treyvon Hester (No. 244 overall)
Day 1 grade: B+
Day 2 grade: B+
Day 3 grade: B+
Overall grade: B+
The skinny: As long as Conley’s off-field issues are cleared up, the Raiders got the long, agile, ballhawk they needed. If he gets in trouble, then GM Reggie McKenzie will have to answer for the pick. The Raiders are in love with long, athletic secondary members. Obi Melifonwu is a hard-hitting guy with nice speed that Al Davis would have loved. If Oakland gets the junior-year Eddie Vanderdoes, they’ll like his interior push; if he’s the 2016 Vanderdoes, they might not like what they see.
Oakland needed to get better on the offensive line, but David Sharpe must prove he can move with NFL-caliber players on a down-by-down basis. If he can, his length and size make him tough to get around. They met their inside linebacker need with Marquel Lee from Wake Forest in Round 5. Oakland didn’t ignore the running back position despite signing Beast Mode — Elijah Hood is a banger, as well.
My take on general manager Reggie McKenzie:
You sexy mutha.
This dude seems to have turned around what was a horrid franchise when he took over the organization’s general-manager spot.
After effective drafts and free-agency periods the last few seasons, the Raiders are primed to push toward the top of the AFC for the next several years, as they finished last season as the fifth seed and a 12-4 record.
Look out for the Silver and Black, folks.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS:
Mike Williams (No. 7 overall), Forrest Lamp (No. 38 overall), Dan Feeney (No. 71 overall), Rayshawn Jenkins (No. 113 overall), Desmond King (No. 151 overall), Sam Tevi (No. 190 overall), Isaac Rochell (No. 225 overall)
Day 1 grade: A-
Day 2 grade: B
Day 3 grade: B+
Overall grade: B+
The skinny: Mike Williams is a physically dominating receiver who will make life easier for Philip Rivers. He has enough speed to make plays, as well. Keenan Allen‘s injury forced the team’s hand, as well. It will be interesting to see where second-round pick Forrest Lamp plays for the Chargers; he would be an excellent center. It was an excellent value pick. The Chargers again bolstered the interior of the line with Dan Feeney, who will play guard to protect Philip Rivers and block for Melvin Gordon. Hitting two interior linemen that early is a bit of a knock, as they need safety and linebacker help.
The Chargers‘ safety group needed an upgrade. Desmond King (fifth round) and Rayshawn Jenkins (sixth) should help in that effort. Finding an aggressive swing tackle in Sam Tevi in the sixth was a nice find, and adding versatile 3-4 lineman Isaac Rochell in the seventh was a solid pick.
My take on Tom Telesco:
Sir, you complete me.
The fact that Telesco used three of his team’s seven selections on offensive linemen shows that the team is serious about opening up holes for their up-and-coming running back (Melvin Gordon) while also protecting their highest-paid asset (Philip Rivers).
Still, the question remains the same among the fans and media pundits alike: Has it become too late in the aging quarterback’s career for him to be a true difference maker?
I am a firm believer that the savvy veteran is more than capable of getting the job done for the Bolts for at least the next two years.
This team, knock on wood, will also be able to contend for the postseason should it muster up some ancient wizardry and stay relatively healthy for the first time in what seems like forever.
The Chargers have been one of the most injured teams in recent years, losing hundreds of starters all over the squad and playing 3,482 different offensive-line combinations in the last two years. (It feels as though I am only slightly exaggerating.)
The AFC West will once again enter the 2017 campaign as one of the top divisions in the league, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if it turns out to be the best of them all. This division was already tough as nails prior to all four clubs having solid drafts this past weekend.
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The individual who came up with the “#FightForLA” idea has to be the same moron who decided that ripping off the Los Angeles Dodgers logo and colors — and then adding a lightning-bolt tail to the end of it — was a solid marketing decision.
Are you shitting me?
Fight for LA?
The last time I checked, when Dean Spanos decided to move the Chargers from San Diego to Los Angeles, the newly relocated Rams were playing in the NFC of the National Football League.
In fact, just for shits and giggles, I just checked again and it appears that the Rams do play in the NFC.
There is nothing to fight over between the two teams who are slated to be stationed in the City of Angels; unless both repeat their performances from the last two seasons, posting records which would have them fight it out in the highly esteemed category of “Most Mediocre Team in Los Angeles.”
Though I expect the Chargers to win at least nine games during the ’17 regular season, too many of their superstars have spent more time on social media than the field the last two seasons, calling out former fans of the team because their loyalty remained with the city, as opposed to the organization owned by the Spanoses.
My note to those players will be the same one I have repeated to my two children since their births: “Don’t talk about it, be about it.”
I took a serious amount of time before I decided whether or not I would remain a Chargers fan, and my conclusion is that I have ALWAYS been a fan of the Chargers, despite only spending 14 years of my 38-plus in America’s finest city.
Please waste your time judging my decision, please (The two pleases were intentional).
I also decided that this website will be far more honest and less team-friendly regarding the Bolts, but we are going to re-brand, branching out to cover all 32 NFL teams, the NFL Draft and some college football.
The process of the aforementioned will take time, as I am going to do this primarily on my own with my money.
That being said, my money is on me — and hopefully the Los Angeles Chargers.
Throw me some hate in the comments, please! (I meant that ‘please,’ to be honest)
Unlike every other article I write, I am not going to ramble incessantly in this one.
Here are some fan reactions regarding the Los Angeles Chargers’ newest addition in wide receiver Mike Williams.
Teofilo Nikolao Tuiteleleapaga III Initially, it caught me off guard. Reason being i felt we really needed pass rush help to compliment the emergence of Bosa. But, after letting it sink in..i understand the pick. And with more time passed, i actually like it. Could be a true #1 reciever that we’ve lacked in recent years. Big body and leaping ability makes up for his Speed imo. Hes not FAST, but fast enough. Immediate Red Zone threat. Complimented with the presence of Henry, Tyrell and company..he will be an immediate impact player
Gilbert Garcia I like Mike Williams! I think he has a great ability for separation and ability to go up and get balls.
Nick Millican Top 10 talent that fits a need
Terry Coe Jr I don’t understand LAC and their willingness to let Rivers get beat up. I have seen the slide Okung brought to Denver and I had hoped they would bring in some talent for competition. (Love this, btw)
Didier Dubrit I was a little bit afraid of Hooker because of injuries (as any Chargers fan know, if we can avoid injury prone players with all the injuries we already get, that’s a plus).
I was hoping either for DT/DE to complement Bosa and give us a crazy pass rush/run defense, or Williams, who gives a different kind of asset to the receiving corps that Chargers were missing since VJax left.
It would also have been nice if Adams had fallen to us, but that was unlikely.
Overall, I’m happy with the selection. This draft has more impactful defensive players, so I think it’s a good idea to go get the best offensive players when they are still there.
One fan agreed with the other so much, that he replied in this manner:
Brian Kates Dave, take everything Dubrit just said as my words as well……damn near word for word my thoughts. I am happy with Williams considering this draft.
Thomas Powell Defense wins championships. The chargers have holes on dline and in the secondary. By picking a WR they lost the cream of the crop players that are game changers. Another doofus move by the organization and of course applauded by their fanbase.
Daniel Locke NFL teams continue to draft players named Mike Williams without learning their lesson…those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it.
James Ebo When it comes to the NFL Draft the theory is that it’s supply and demand. The supply of defensive players meets the demand for the Chargers defensive needs. Because of that theory, they can afford to find additions to the defensive side of the ball and with the way the first round played out, there is valuable defensive talent in the early part of the second round. With that being said the selection of Mike Williams signals the future at Wide Receiver for the Chargers. Williams is a power receiver. He’s a red zone, outside the numbers, back shoulder fade, aggressive receiver that the Chargers have lacked since the days of Jackson and Floyd. He creates separation with power, he’s open when he’s not open and attacks the ball in the air better than any receiver in the draft and for that matter on the Chargers WR corps. This selection says that Anthony Lynn wants to implement a physical, power running game offense that’s dominant in the red zone. Grade A-
Eugenio Rodriguez Another big target one more year for Rivers….(V. Jackson, M.Floyd….) Amazing player, he can really catch the football to high level.
Ryan Brosnan VINCENT JACKSON AND RIVERS WILL MEET AGAIN… THATS HOW THIS PICK IS TO ME
Jeff Martin Big physical receiver that will fill the void that was left when Malcom Floyd retired
And then my brother, Will, drops the knowledge we all needed to read.
Will McCafferty I’m fine with the pick. Rivers has been making chicken salad out of chicken shit for years now. Allen is good, but rarely there, due to injury. Maybe putting a second receiver on the field that the defense must account for will take pressure, and some hits, off of Allen.
Personally, I would have gone defense but I like to think that an NFL GM and his teams talent evaluators know more than I do.
People are just having knee-jerk reactions after just one round. They don’t remember a year ago when they were angry with the Bosa pick.
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Now that the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has been completed, folks everywhere are dishing out hot takes on how they feel about each and every pick — myself included.
In an article on Chargers.com, wide receiver Keenan Allen shared his thoughts on what he’ll tell rookie wideout and first-round draft choice Mike Williams.
Just be you. Come in and play with confidence. Don’t hold anything back and just do what you’ve been doing. Everyone knows what you can do. Just be confident.
Additionally, Allen spoke about adding a weapon like Williams to the mix.
It’s crazy. You add him to me, Tyrell (Williams), Dontrelle (Inman), Travis (Benjamin) plus Antonio (Gates), (Hunter) Henry, Melvin (Gordon); I mean, it’s crazy to defend that. It’s going to open things up for us. We have a lot of threats and different kinds (of receivers). Deep threats. Big guys. Guys who can run everything on the route tree. He is really going to open things up. Anything we can do to make the plays to win the game I’m all for. He’s going to help us.
While I love the sentiment provided by the former Cal Bear, I think it would be fitting if he told Williams, ‘just be healthy and let your play do the talking.’
P.S. Hi, Kyah, Kayden, Carter and Harrison!
As you all know by now, the Los Angeles Chargers used their first-round pick on Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.
Reactions from both the media and fans have been all over the board.
When it comes to NFL news, I prefer to stick to the network that specializes in covering America’s favorite sport: NFL Network.
Other than Steve Mariucci, Mike Mayock is my favorite cat on NFL Network, with Daniel Jeremiah and Adam Rank fitting in there somewhere, too.
Mayock dropped an article on NFL.com, highlighting his thoughts on each draft choice in the first round, including his take on the newest wide receiver to don lightning bolts.
7. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Analysis: “Mike Williams is all about separating with length, power and catch radius. He’s a dominating, physical presence. He’s a back-shoulder guy. You’ll love him in the red zone.”
Though his time as an NFL player may be forgotten by most, Mayock knows his shit. He is NOT some Mel-Kiper-Todd-McShay toolbox, looking to make a living off of having very little knowledge of the NFL game. (Don’t @ me)
Initially — yeah, it just happened and I am already adjusting — I was infuriated by the selection, adding a wideout with the squad’s first choice was a bit puzzling.
But, in reality, what do I know?
The Chargers currently have these wideouts on their roster: Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, MIKE WILLIAMS, Da’Ron Brown, Isaiah Burse, Geremy Davis, Javontee Herndon and Jamaal Jones.
With the seventh pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.
Below is the reaction of Williams and his family and friends while at Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, per the Twitter account of Janel Klein of NBC Sports.
— Janel Klein (@JanelKlein) April 28, 2017
Despite having receiving options in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, general manager Tom Telesco decided that the future is now, selecting Williams out of Clemson with the team’s first-round pick.
There is no doubt that the former Tiger brings an intimidating force in the red zone, but was the first round the right place to snag a wideout?
Only time will tell.
The kid has phenomenal size and ability, don’t get me wrong.
My concern lies in the fact that if quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t have time to take advantage of all of his weapons, including Williams, all of the offensive toys in the world can’t help the Bolts win games.
(No, they shouldn’t have taken an offensive lineman in Round No. 1.)
One thing worth watching: It will be interesting to see how the wide receiving corps shakes out once final cuts come in August. Perhaps Telesco decides that either — or both — Benjamin or Inman is expendable due to the drafting of a top-tier wide receiver.
Benjamin, signed by the Chargers during the 2016 offseason, was incredibly disappointing as a returner, and didn’t flash much as a receiver in his first year with the team. Inman, despite how much I like him as a player and a person, might be J.A.G. (just a guy) when it comes to filling out an NFL team’s roster, though he seemed to be a trusted target of the aforementioned Rivers last season.