All of a sudden Tampa, Florida has become a destination location and possibly the hottest sports city in the country. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Rays made it to the MLB World Series before losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. Currently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the most popular team in the NFL since the *ahem* GOAT, Tom Brady, decided to take his talents to the Sunshine State this past March.
Since his departure from New England to Tampa Bay became official, big name players as well as veterans who USED to be big names have run to jump on the ever-growing Bucs bandwagon with the 12 license plate. As recently as last season, the only reason anyone spoke of Tampa Bay aside from fantasy stats were to bash those horrid crimson and pewter uniforms. Now, they top the marquee every football Sunday. It started with Brady’s ultimate weapon from New England, tight end Rob Gronkowski, coming out of retirement to put the pads back on. The signings continued with running backs Lesean McCoy and Leonard Fournette. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh signed a one-year deal. Linebackers Shaquil Barrett (franchised) and Jason Pierre-Paul (two-year deal) also among others sticking around waiting for rings.
Enter the newest, most high-profile name not named Brady to join the team in free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown is set to return to the field after an eight-game suspension for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Currently in the midst of an ongoing civil lawsuit for alleged rape and sexual misconduct; Brown brings as much baggage as he does skills to the panhandle. Other teams considered him before passing after digging into his background. A good look into that background can be seen in the accompanying video below.
Brown has played for two of the best, most well-run franchises in the history of the league. New England and Pittsburgh have been models of stability and consistency in the last two decades. The Patriots have had one coach, Bill Belichick, in twenty years. They run a notoriously tight ship, have hoisted six Super Bowl trophies and have had great success taking problem players from other teams and turning them into model citizens. The Steelers have had only three coaches since 1969 and current Head Coach Mike Tomlin has been with the team since 2007. Conversely, the Raiders have been a disaster since current Head Coach Jon Gruden was traded by the then Oakland Raiders to Tampa Bay and got his only Super Bowl ring at the end of that same season, against the Raiders, in 2002. Now on his second stint with the team since returning to his former position in 2018, Gruden and the Raiders are looking to atone for the last 18 years of mistakes since the Gruden trade in the first season at their new home in Las Vegas.
Brown got the longest leash in Pittsburgh. He was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round in 2010. He became a star as a Steeler. Eventually, his ego got too big and his teammates, coaches and management were not above Brown putting them on blast in the press and on social media. He was finally traded away to Oakland in 2019. Brown didn’t last a season in New England or Oakland. He couldn’t make it work in (arguably) the two best run organizations in the league, nor could he make it stick on a team where the inmates run the asylum like Oakland. He’s received multiple chances at redemption because on the field, he’s the best wide receiver in the game when his head is right. The problem is his head hasn’t been right in two seasons and counting. He played ONE game for the Patriots and angered the Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock to the point where Brown was cut before he even played a regular season game! From the showing up late/unexcused to practice and meetings to allegedly assaulting women on the staff to disciplinary benchings and ‘fake’ injuries to blasting his own teammates, coaches and fans; Brown has burned every bridge he’s crossed, save for one.
The Tom Brady bridge.
Brady had started building a rapport with Brown in New England before Browns’ off-field transgressions reared their ugly head and he was unceremoniously cut from the team. In their one game together, the duo combined on four of five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Obviously, Brady went to bat for Brown with Bucs management and Head Coach Bruce Arians, who has also been the topic of Browns’ venom when the two were together in Pittsburgh. Since the team added Brown last week, Brown is reportedly living in Bradys’ home and according to Arians, is in great physical shape. Now wearing number 81, Brown is now practicing with the team and ready to play in his first game this Sunday as the Buccaneers host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. This can be a pivotal game of NFC Superpowers as both teams have only lost two games on the season. The Saints are 5-2 and Buccaneers are 6-2, respectively.
Can AB be a law-abiding citizen for once in a long while; long enough to make an impact? Can he validate Bradys’ trust in him to his new team and be the once-unstoppable force he was once? Will he fall in line, come in early and stay late and be punctual? Will be again be the locker room cancer he has been over the last five years and get run out of town before his already abbreviated season is done? Brady and company already look to have found the magic as they have raced out to a 6-2 record. Is Brown the final, missing piece to carry Tampa Bay, that new sports Mecca, to a championship? To this writer, the answer is a resounding NO. The Bucs were better off without him and the dude will not grow up until everything is taken from him in the form of a jail cell. At this point, Antonio Brown is emotional napalm, unstable and ready to explode at any moment. Get your popcorn ready.
Stay tuned for the next episode of As the Bandwagon Turns….
The Greg One
Photo credits to Clutchpoints.com
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(I’ll get even *more* in-depth on this subject in the next few days.)
The hype surrounding the 2019 Los Angeles Chargers is plentiful. Regardless of what sports publication or television program you’re listening to this off-season, you’re aware of the praise.
In an article on NFL.com, Gil Brandt listed the Bolts as having the sixth-most talented roster in the NFL.
Below is what Brandt wrote to justify his placement of the Chargers in his top-10.
6) Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were well regarded by Pro Bowl voters last season, with players from across the roster — safety Derwin James, receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Melvin Ingram, special teams player Adrian Phillips, center Mike Pouncey and quarterback Philip Rivers — earning a nod. And that list doesn’t even include defensive end Joey Bosa, who is arguably the best player on the team. Having Bosa healthy after he missed much of 2018 will give L.A. a huge boost. The same can be said for tight end Hunter Henry, who is back after being sidelined by a torn ACL last season.
The big question on this roster: Did the Chargers adequately address the interior of the defense? Rookie defensive tackle Jerry Tillery could be very special — or he could be very average. Beyond that, general manager Tom Telesco is gambling that linebacker Denzel Perryman can stay healthy and that veteran Thomas Davis still has something in the tank at age 36.
*player links will lead you to their respective profiles on NFL.com
Like in recent seasons, the health of this year’s squad is paramount to its success. The defense is being widely regarded as one of the best in the league on paper. Standouts like Joey Bosa and Denzel Perryman must stay healthy for this club to make some noise come the postseason.
In reading Brandt’s snippet on the team, you’ll notice a common theme. Health issues remain the biggest questions surrounding this team. (We’ll have an article posted this week covering the questions surrounding the ’19 Chargers.)
It is incredibly easy to argue that Brandt is correct in his ranking of the team’s roster. But for many of you fans who have been supporting the team for a considerable amount of time, you know better. The way the team looks on paper during the off-season has very little to do with the actual playing of games come September.
I am very much looking forward to the 2019 campaign for the Chargers. But hear me when I say, curb your enthusiasm just a bit, folks. There are a few teams in the AFC, namely the Patriots and the Chiefs, that will remain serious roadblocks for the team donning lightning bolts.
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Late last week multiple sports outlets reported that Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will not show up to camp without a new contract. In addition, if they can not come to a deal, Gordon is demanding a trade. Gordons’ agent, Fletcher Smith, told the media that he and his client are dug in on the matter. Reportedly, there has been no progress in negotiations which spurred them to take this drastic action.
Gordon is in is option year, set to make $5.6 million dollars. Given his production since being drafted in 2015, he has transformed into a top-5 running back in the NFL. Last season, he ranked fifth in yards from scrimmage. Over the last three seasons, he’s only second to Todd Gurley in carries with 1,079 and third in the league in touchdowns (38) and yards from scrimmage (5,205) over the last four seasons. Undoubtedly contributing to their decision making process are the recent long-term extensions given to fellow running back contemporaries Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (4-yrs, $60 million, with $45 million dollars guaranteed), Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (3-yrs, $39 million with $30 million dollars guaranteed) and Le’veon Bell (4-yrs, $52.5 million with $25 million dollars guaranteed). All three threatened to sit out until they got a new deal and only Bell actually sat out a season.
To holdout now will be the greatest leverage he has to use. The Chargers are coming off a 12-4 season highlighted (and lowlighted) by a trip into the AFC Divisional Round against the eventual Super Bowl champions, New England. The window of opportunity for Philip Rivers and company is now and Gordon is a big piece of the pie in that equation. At 26, this is the best time for Gordon to holdout. His value is at its peak, this is the moment of greatest need for his team with the Chargers ascending to championship contender status and he has proven himself to be a durable, reliable, elite dual-threat running back.
The only reason Bell didn’t succeed in getting paid with the Pittsburgh Steelers is because he waited until after he had been franchised twice. Bell and Gurley got their deals before the team had that control in their hands. The Chargers have the same leverage inasmuch that they can franchise tag Gordon for up to two more seasons at the league average of the top-5 running backs in the league. It’s in the Chargers’ best interest to get a long-term deal done or trade Gordon now as opposed digging in and letting him go (after sitting out the season) and getting nothing in return. Gordon loses all leverage by playing the season and allowing himself to get franchised for two seasons. What team is going to give a long-term contract with a boatload of guaranteed money to a 28-year old running back?
So what do the Chargers do?
The Chargers have a lot of big contracts of core players coming up at the end of 2020 and not a lot of cap space to sign them all. Rivers, Gordon, tight end Hunter Henry, linebacker Jatavis Brown, cornerback Trevor Williams, safety Adrian Phillips and center Mike Pouncey headline the players who will be looking to cash in on their on-field success. By the way, franchise defensive end Joey Bosa will be looking for big bucks at the end of the 2021 season. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco has some big decisions to make and Gordon is forcing his name to the top of the list.
Without Gordon, the running back depth chart will be Austin Ekeler, second-year pro Justin Jackson, Detrez Newsome and Troymaine Pope. Ekeler has proven his versatility and ability to make plays in space but the group behind him is unproven to say the least. Gordon, obviously is the element that takes this group from good to great. As seen by the recent signings of guys like Bell and Gurley plus the growing influx of backs that are as deadly catching the ball as they are running it; the devalued running back position is making a comeback. If Telesco makes a trade he is hamstrung because no team is going to make a fair offer knowing the position he is in. At best he may be able to acquire a package of draft picks. A first round pick isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
The Oakland Raiders received a first-round pick from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper. Weeks earlier, they had received two first-round picks, a sixth-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick plus a conditional fifth-round selection for Khalil Mack. Cooper was coming off a down 2017 season and found himself lost in the wide receiver shuffle until newly-hired Raiders coach Jon Gruden shipped him out of town. Mack has established himself as a top-5 if not the best pass rusher in the league before Gruden sent him away. Gordon is closer to the Mack end of the spectrum than the Cooper end. The problem is draft picks are always a crapshoot. A package of picks including a first-rounder or two is all well and good, but it does not result in equal value and it does nothing for the loss of production for a team that is among the favorites to appear in the Super Bowl.
The other side of the coin is to sign Gordon and judging from the deals mentioned above, the terms are going to be in the neighborhood of a three- to f0ur-year deal worth $13- to 16-million dollars per year with two-thirds of that money guaranteed. Can the Chargers afford it? According to Sportrac, Over-The-Cap, ESPN Stats and Info and other sources, the Bolts have just under $11 million dollars in cap space. Still, cap space backdoors are known and utilized by ever GM in the league. Keeping Gordon keeps the Chargers consistent and on course for that long-awaited Super Bowl return. Keeping Gordon keeps the Chargers in place as the biggest threats to Kansas City, who will be heralded as the heir apparent to the Patriots’ franchise based on the trajectory of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is coming into this, his third season, on the heels of winning the NFL MVP award after his first season as the Chiefs starting QB.
As a fan and as a man who was there at the NFL Draft when Gordon was drafted, I want him to stay a Charger for life. I’ve met the man, had a conversation with him and shook his hand on the very first day he was tapped to be a Charger. He’s a solid guy, very kind, very active in the community and has a sparkling reputation as a teammate. That being said, I believe Gordon will be traded. I cannot blame the Chargers front office as much as I’d like to do so. The system is flawed with the way teams can get away with so many years of control before a player can cash in on a long-term deal. I can’t blame Gordon for holding out as much as I can’t blame the Chargers brass for wanting to hold onto control for as long as they can before backing the Brinks truck up to his door. Players are now getting wise to the fact that this is the road to hoe if they’re going to avoid overuse and get paid before getting stuck on a series of one-year contracts.
Whatever they decide, they don’t have long to do it. Gordon and Smith have established the beginning of training camp, July 24, as their hard line date to get a new contract done. If they don’t get a deal, they want the Chargers to start looking for trade partners. There’s no reason at this point to believe they won’t follow through on their threat since no new news has come through the pipeline since this story broke. I believe the Chargers will shop Gordon and take the best offer they can get. Having a disgruntled player in the fold will be a huge distraction to the team, the fan base and the bottom line knowing he is at home while the team is fighting for a playoff spot. If Gordon is gone everyone has no choice but to accept it and move on. The Chargers should be able to get a Khalil Mack-esque deal. It won’t be as good but comparable in the sense that it will be multiple picks and at least one first-round pick. Brace yourselves Chargers fans. It won’t be pretty but we know, now more than ever, how much of a business the NFL has become. May the football Gods have mercy on our souls….
The Greg One
Recently the NFL announced Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill would not be disciplined for audio files that surfaced regarding possible child abuse. The case has been closed by authorities in Kansas City until the audio surfaced and it was reopened. The footage shown below was posted online by local Kansas City television outlet KCTV-5. In it, Hill and his fiancee’ Crystal Espinal, argue over Hills’ treatment of the child and implications are made that he caused the broken arm of their 3-year-old child.
The audio is chilling and the NFL had their own investigation after the legal process had run its course and concluded due to lack of proof. Last weekend the NFL announced Hill would not be suspended and is cleared to participate fully when the Chiefs open training camp on July 27. The news comes as a disappointment to the rest of the AFC when it looked as if, based on the audio, some type of discipline would be handed down. The NFL is on a slippery slope when it comes to its athletes and claims of domestic abuse.
Within the last few years, Washington Redskins running back Adrian Petersen lost a year of his career when pictures of his bruised son surfaced. Former running back Ray Rice never played again after video of him abusing his fiancee’ arose. Ex-Dallas Cowboys linebacker Greg Hardy is out of the league and fighting in the UFC after assault charges against his girlfriend left him exiled from the league. Just last season, the Chiefs dealt with a similar situation with former running back Kareem Hunt after video of him kicking a prone woman promptly got him kicked off the team.
What is the difference in what you hear above and the aforementioned cases? I believe the key word is hear. There is no video, no pictures, only words. They are the undisputed words of Hill and his fiancee’ but just words nonetheless…The sliding scale of discipline is troubling and it’s something the league office has yet to be able to handle with any consistency. What do you think? Did the NFL drop the ball in not punishing Hill or was this an accurate example of due process? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
The Greg One
In a move that was expected by some and hoped for by many, the Los Angeles Chargers have reunited with tight end Antonio Gates. The veteran and future Hall of Famer inked a one-year deal with the club on Sunday.
When perusing the record books of the Los Angeles Chargers, one can’t help but notice the name of Antonio Gates sprinkled all over the place. Entering his 16th season in the NFL with the Chargers, the former Kent State product owns all of the major receiving records.
What you won’t see in those record books are any of the names of the other tight ends on the roster. You obviously won’t find the name of Virgil Green, a first-year addition to the tight-end group. And most folks have never even heard of Sean Culkin — or Braedon Bowman. (He is no longer on the roster)
SIDE NOTE: I absolutely CRUSH with both Culkin and Bowman in Madden, but whatever.
Earlier this offseason, the Chargers and general manager Tom Telesco made the difficult decision to move forward without re-signing Antonio Gates to a new contract. The team believed it was time to move forward with Hunter Henry as the focal point at tight end.
And then the inevitable happened, because why not?
Hunter Henry tore his ACL in May and then everyone and their dog began clamoring for the re-signing of Antonio Gates.
Bringing Antonio Gates back into the mix makes a lot of sense for the Bolts. The rapport between Gates and signal caller Philip Rivers is undeniable.
Sure, Gates is not going to outrun anyone on the opposing defense, but he and Philip are so in-tune that the duo can still find ways to be effective in the right situations.
Among other factors, the fact that the Chargers are loaded at the skill positions lends itself to justifying the signing of Gates. When looking at the Chargers’ receiving corps — Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin — it is easy to see that a defensive coordinator will have his hands full when gameplanning against the passing game. Though Antonio Gates may be an afterthought on your fantasy teams, that won’t be the case for the “GOAT” come this season.
I am not naive enough to think that Antonio Gates will light up the boxscore in his 16th season. But I do believe that his signing was much-needed when it comes to rounding out the tight-end position. Though newly acquired tight end Green will most likely start for the Chargers, expect Gates to see anywhere from 25-40 percent of the snaps throughout the ’18 campaign.
It is also worth noting that the Chargers placed Hunter Henry on the PUP list. They did so as opposed to sending him straight to the season-ending injured-reserve list. This indicates that the team feels as though they have a real shot at making some noise as the season wears on, allowing for a late-season return for the young tight end out of Arkansas.
Antonio Gates is not going to lead the league or the team in any statistical categories of note. His signing makes perfect sense for the Bolts, though, as an extra three-four difference-making plays a game are all the team needs to propel themselves back in to the postseason dance known as the NFL playoffs.
Look for Antonio Gates to snag approximately 30-35 receptions for right around 300-350 yards receiving with six touchdown receptions in 2018. Again, his presence on the field is more about possibilities than production.
Over his illustrious career, Antonio Gates has hauled in 927 passes for 11,508 yards and 114 touchdowns.
Gates = GOAT
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Dave “Booga” Peters
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Integrated Sports Marketing is proud to announce the San Diego Legends 5k! Formerly the LT5k, this new event will bring together legendary professional sports icons from San Diego’s rich past to raise money for YOUR sports teams and clubs. Join San Diego sports legends from the Padres, Sockers, Chargers and Aztecs as we promote youth sports and celebrate our rich sports history!
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Legends scheduled to attend:*
- Charlie Joiner – NFL Hall of Famer, Chargers Legend
- Shannon MacMillan – Soccer Hall of Famer, USA National Team World Cup & Olympic Champion
- Brian Quinn – Sockers Legend, USA National Team Member, Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer
- Julie Veee – Sockers Legend, USA National Team Member, Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer
- Darren Bennett – Chargers Hall of Famer, NFL Pro Bowler, Aussie Rules Football Legend
- Bret Boone – MLB All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Winner
- Billy Ray Smith – Chargers Legend, College Football Hall of Famer, Sports Radio and TV Host
- John Carney – ChargersLegend and All-time leading scorer, NFL Pro Bowler
- Cha Cha Namdar – Sockers Legend
- Hank Bauer – Chargers 50th Anniversary Team, NFL Special Teams Season Tackles Record
- MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
*subject to change
Coming to San Diego June 9, 2018, the event will take place at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Formerly the Naval Training Center, NTC Park has one of the most prominent park views in San Diego. With its 46-acre water access NTC Park at Liberty Station is the premier location to host the Legends 5k. This will be a fun, family-friendly event for all ages, including a kids fun zone, music, and exhibitor area. This is a great way to have fun and support a great cause!
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- Free snacks and drinks
- Autograph booth for participants featuring San Diego Sports Legends (must have race bib to get autographs)
- Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses from LB Jumpers Express
- Awards for overall and age group winners
Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 – 12:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports located at 5553 Copley Drive – San Diego, CA 92111.
The 5K will start at 8:15 AM and the Kids 1-Mile Fun run at 9:00 am, on Saturday, June 9. Please see “Register” for more information on registering and packet pickup.
Today is the day as the NFL Draft kicks off tonight in Arlington, Texas. I would be remiss if I didn’t provide everyone with my one-and-only Los Angeles Chargers seven-round mock draft.
Though mock drafts tend to be useless fodder that we all use to fill some of the time during the NFL off-season, they’re fun.
So, relax your nipples and bring the heat in the comments section. I am sure many of you will VERY MUCH dislike my mock draft for the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers. And that is part of the reason why I’m doing it.
Los Angeles Chargers:
Rd. 1 Pick 15
*Trade with the Cardinals*
QB Lamar Jackson Louisville 6-foot-3, 215 pounds
The Chargers trade their first-round choice (No. 17 overall), a fourth-round selection this year, along with wide receiver Travis Benjamin to Arizona. The Cardinals lost speedster and wideout John Brown to the Baltimore Ravens in the off-season. Adding Benjamin to the fold allows for the possibility of replacing the former deep-threat in Brown. The Bolts knew they had to get ahead of Baltimore to secure the services of the best quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft class. Philip Rivers will be better in the long-run due to this pick, as well; there is NOTHING like competition to fuel the fire which creates winning football; and Rivers is VERY MUCH aware of the fact that a signal caller could be taken early.
Rd. 2 Pick 48
DL Maurice Hurst Michigan 6-foot-1, 282 pounds
Due to a heart condition, the best interior defensive lineman in the draft will fall into the laps of the Los Angeles Chargers. Though Hurst was NOT required to be retested for said conditions during what is considered the “medical retesting time” for NFL clubs, the buzz around the league is that organizations are still concerned. Fine. I don’t feel it necessary to justify this pick at all, as Hurst was dominant on all three downs. For those of you who don’t know, that is rare for an interior defensive lineman. I have spoken ad nauseam that Hurst is superior to everyone else’s favorite, Vita Vea, despite being “undersized,” per many evaluations. And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Keep on reading, folks.
Rd. 3 Pick 84
LB Uchenna Nwosu USC 6-foot-2, 251 pounds
This uber-talented ‘backer is exactly who the Los Angeles Chargers were hoping would fall to them. Though rumors from dumb-fuck sources stated that Nwosu was “the pick at 48 for the Chargers,” he should still be available in the third round. He just happens to have played in a Southern California program where everyone was watching the likes of quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones (whom I loooooove). Nwosu can come in and start as a rookie in the linebacking corps for the Chargers.
Rd. 5 Pick 155
RB Nyheim Hines NC State 5-foot-9, 200 pounds
(Pssst, Chargers fans, the Bolts just landed a seriously good running back in the fifth round. Feel free to rejoice. The Bolts now have a Gordon-Hines combo, similar to that of the New Orleans Saints in Mark Ingram-Alvin Kamara.)
Hines can line up all over the field, literally, as he is a threat as a runner and receiver. I believe he had more receptions from the slot position than any other back in Division-1 collegiate football. (Y’all will have to check that one, as I am not going to do so)
Rd. 6 Pick 191
FB Dimitri Flowers Oklahoma 6-foot-2, 248 pounds
In an effort to give credit where credit is due, I wouldn’t have even watched a minute of Flowers’ tape if it wasn’t for John Kegley.
I know what you were looking at, and I appreciate your solid analysis. Flowers can spell both Gordon and Hines. Should the draft play out that way, look out! Flowers is bullish enough to “push the pile” while still being nimble enough to make an unrelenting pass-rusher think twice about squaring him up. Thank you, Kegs.
Give me Flowers to find a role in the Chargers offense, whether that be in short-yardage situations or goal-line opportunities. Sorry, Derek Watt, bye-bye?
Rd. 7 Pick “Who the fuck cares” ( I do, but I get it, casual fans)
K Eddie Pineiro Florida 6-foot, 185 pounds
“Look at Booga, as he is trying to raise the stakes in the Chargers’ kicking battle!”
Telesco and company hedge their bets here by taking the best kicker in the ’18 draft class. Will he outlast kickers Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo? We’ll have to wait and see until after Pineiro is drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the seventh round. Though the realistic bet would be on Sturgis holding down the starting spot, head coach Anthony Lynn is NOT going to let Tom Telesco’s inability to find a kicker affect his resumé any longer. Expect Lynn to make sure this kicking situation is figured out and solidified, despite the uncertainty/inability to find a kicker via his general manager.
Here’s the deal, folks, as we look at the 2018 NFL draft landscape, we all have a “good problem” as fans. Regardless of the team you support, this draft class allows for solid players throughout most of this draft. Don’t be deterred or upset by names you don’t know. Just look them up, but DON’T only “look up” their YouTube highlights.
This particular mock draft still leaves some question marks along the defensive interior and at linebacker. Though any team who drafts Mo Hurst will be lucky to sign him, many will contend that he isn’t the answer. This would solely be due to size and health issues, of course, as his collegiate ProFootballFocus.com ratings are through the roof. Per their reputable and stat/movement-based testing on NFL players, it’s safe to say that Hurst is worthy of a first-round pick. He falls to the Bolts in the second round of my mock.
I hope y’all had as much fun reading this as I did writing this. And I’m sure there are errors all over it, but fuck it.
I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to read what the heck I have to say regarding what will be the 2018 draft class of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Is that a bit presumptuous? Of course it is. My name is Booga Peters. 😉
And thanks a lot for reading. I genuinely appreciate y’all.
The Los Angeles Chargers and defensive lineman Corey Liuget have agreed to a revised deal, according to a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The details of the revision have yet to be announced.
The #Chargers and DL Corey Liuget have agreed to terms on a revised contract to keep him in Los Angeles for another season, source said. He was set to make $8M in 2018 and his status had been up in the air.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2018
Starving for cap space, the revision/restructuring of Liuget’s contract seemed like a given. When it was announced that Liuget would be suspended from the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, it was too easy to predict.
Liuget has been an important part of the Chargers’ defensive line since being drafted in the first round out of Illinois in 2011.
Entering his eighth season in the NFL, the 28-year-old has amassed 260 total tackles, 22.5 sacks, 20 passes defensed and six forced fumbles.
The Bolts have been rumored to be heavily interested in bolstering their defensive line unit via this year’s draft.
Thanks a lot for reading.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams did not have the rookie season anyone would have liked in 2017.
Williams was drafted with the seventh overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft. It was the first time the Chargers had taken a wide receiver in the top-10 of the draft.
(Yes, in the team’s draft history)
After missing all of the off-season programs and training camp as a rookie due to a disc herniation, the Clemson product struggled to settle into the offense during the regular season once healthy. It appeared to me that he was never fully healthy last season. But his lack of performance on Sundays was not solely due to injury.
Back in January, quarterback Philip Rivers seemed to convincingly sum up the rookie year of Mike Williams.
“He never seemed fully, fully comfortable, and I don’t know that it ever just had flow to it, you know, for him,” Rivers said via an article from LA Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams. “I still think there’s a little bit of thinking that’s going on. It never felt like he was playing free.”
Rivers went on to talk about the importance of the 2018 off-season for Mike Williams in that same article on ESPN.com.
“This offseason will be huge for him,” Rivers said. “I’m excited about Mike. I think he’ll add a lot and bring a great impact to our offense. But this offseason will be huge for him, to get him healthy, all those OTAs, a full offseason program, weight room and running. Mike can add another dimension to our offense.”
Williams finished his rookie year with a paltry 11 receptions for 95 yards. Those numbers are incredibly underwhelming for a first-round pick, but he did miss six regular-season games.
As mentioned above, I am not entirely sure that Mike Williams was actually healthy in 2017. But I feel it’s far more important to take notice of the words of Rivers.
Make no mistake about it, the Chargers’ playbook is not easy to learn for pass-catching targets. When you miss extended time due to injury, keeping you off the field and really learning, the lack of effective play makes perfect sense.
The passing offense for the Bolts is full of option-routes, realignments and position switches for the receiving targets. Within seconds of coming out of the huddle, Rivers may change the position of multiple players. This forces even their most reliable and knowledgeable of targets to learn and know all positions and routes on any given play. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is a solid teacher, and Williams is in good hands with Whiz and the rest of the staff. An adjustment period should be expected for the 23-year-old.
Mike Williams’ success in his sophomore season will depend on a lot of factors. Should he manage to be healthy and involved in all facets of off-season work, we could see what he is capable of at this level.
My concern lies in what could be his lack of ability to separate from NFL defenders. Despite injuries and lack of time in off-season activities, that concern is real.
Williams does a great job of high-pointing the ball and using his body to shield off defenders as he attacks the ball. He was seen to be a threat in the red zone and on third-down situations in college. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, his frame and size lend itself to that being a strength in the NFL.
I think it’s safe to say that Mike Williams will improve in his second year. Improving upon 11 receptions is certainly not too tall a task.
Receiving targets like Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry allow the second-year player time to ease in to the scheme. Though fans want production immediately, expect a slow start for No. 81. Look for Mike Williams to haul in roughly 45 receptions for 490 yards and six scores in 2018. In comparison to his rookie season, those numbers would be a welcomed sight for all.
In conclusion, do not close the book on Williams and declare him a bust.
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