Monthly Archives: September 2015
Articles from Chargers.com:
- Chargers sign pair of offensive lineman
- Chargers adopt free all-electric shuttle service
- 61 seconds with Corey Liuget
- Bolts waive Miller; place Troutman on IR
- Scouting reports: Chargers vs. Browns
Articles from ESPN.com:
- Pass-rush woes a major concern for Chargers
- Chargers’ tight end John Phillips sees rare playing time
- Chargers sign center J.D. Walton, promote Tyreek Burwell from practice squad
- Eric Weddle says Chargers have to shake that losing feeling
Articles from The San Diego Union-Tribune:
After placing offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman on reserve-injured and waiving tight end Kyle Miller, the Chargers have promoted offensive lineman Tyreek Burwell to the 53-man roster. The team also brought back offensive lineman Michael Huey to the practice squad, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The offensive line dealt with multiple injuries in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. King Dunlap left the game with what was reported to be a concussion. This was after guard Orlando Franklin was carted off of the field with a lower-leg injury. D.J. Fluker, who probably shouldn’t have been playing, was in and out of the lineup dealing with an injury of his own. Like Fluker, Chris Watt was battling a groin issue and was eventually replaced by Trevor Robinson.
After the promotion of Burwell, the Bolts still have one available spot on their 53-man roster. It would appear that the team will look to add another offensive lineman, or promote Craig Watts Jr., Michael Ola or the recently acquired Huey.
The Chargers are, like 2014, already being decimated by injuries along the offensive line. If the team is unable to find a way to form a cohesive unit upfront, the Chargers are doomed to miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season. It is imperative that Philip Rivers has time to get rid of the ball in passing situations, and the running game has the needed holes to get work done on the ground.
The San Diego Chargers are one game away from having their future first-ballot Hall-of-Fame tight end back on the playing field.
Antonio Gates is forced to sit out the Week 4 contest against the Cleveland Browns due to his violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gates has been missed. There is no doubt about that.
Upon his return, Gates will immediately assume his place as the team’s starter at tight end.
Being without Ladarius Green in Week 3, the offense struggled to get going when pressured by the Vikings’ defenders. Having Gates back in the lineup can help provide Rivers with a much-need safety valve.
Although Green filled in admirably during the first two weeks, the return of Gates will allow Rivers and the Chargers’ offense much more flexibility in the passing game.
Though not revered for his run-blocking skills, the 35-year-old does a sufficient job when it comes to helping out the offensive line in the running game.
Where he obviously makes an impact is as a pass-catching threat. His presence will hopefully help Rivers cut down on his alarming number of turnovers thus far through the 2015 season (six through three weeks; four interceptions and two fumbles).
Gates is an integral part of the Chargers’ offense. Not having him for the first four weeks is extremely hurtful to the offense’s ability to move the ball, especially when it comes to converting third downs into first downs.
Entering his 13th year in the NFL with the Bolts, the numbers that he has put up rank in him as one of the best tight ends in the history of the league.
An undrafted free agent in 2003, Gates has registered 788 for 10,014 yards and 99 touchdown receptions. He is the team’s all-time leader in all three categories. Those numbers are good to have him at fourth in NFL history in receptions and yards as a tight end. His 99 touchdown catches ranks him as second in history as a tight end. With one more touchdown catch, Gates will be only the ninth player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving scores.
Not too shabby.
It goes without saying that Gates will be welcomed back to the lineup with open arms. His innate ability to create separation, despite a decreasing speed over the last few years, provides Rivers with the optimal target when the team needs to achieve those necessary, difficult yards in clutch situations.
Gates will be watching the Chargers’ offense do its thing this upcoming Sunday against the Browns without him for the last time. I feel as though I can speak on behalf of all Chargers’ fans when I say that we are all excited to see that No. 85 jersey back on the field, making plays as he continues to climb up the rankings as one of the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL.
Not too bad for a former college basketball player.
Gates is in his contract year with the Chargers. It is difficult to determine whether or not the 2015 season will be his last with the team.
For what it’s worth, it has been a great ride, Gatesy. The city of San Diego and its fans are more than appreciative of all of your hard work on the field, and your exemplary status off the field during your time in America’s finest city. Here’s hoping you go out on top.
Thanks a lot for reading.
There were hardly any positives to take from the Chargers’ 31-14 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. But, even to the most novice of fans, wide receiver Keenan Allen certainly fit the bill as a bright spot.
After having a two-catch game in a loss against the Bengals in Week 2, Allen posted 12 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3. His two receiving scores were his first of the 2015 season.
Allen was open early and often, providing the Bolts and Rivers with a viable target despite a serious lack of time to get rid of the ball. The Vikings’ defense pressured Rivers all game, sacking him four times and knocking him down an additional 12 times.
Last week against the Bengals Allen struggled, as mentioned above. He was targeted four times, being credited with two drops.
Inconsistent is a label that all professional athletes would like to avoid.
After suffering what many have considered a sophomore slump in 2014, the former Cal Bear is primed to blow his career-highs in receptions and receiving yards out of the water. His two receiving touchdowns against the Vikings mark him halfway to his total touchdowns last season (four).
“I’m just going out there and playing ball,” he said per Chargers.com. “I’m confident. I’m always confident. I’ve never doubted myself because I’ve put in hard work. But really, I am taking it to the basics. I’ve gone back to the fundamentals and focusing on that. I’m going out there trying to be there for my teammates. I love our wide receivers. We go through the good together and the bad together, so I go out there for them, too.”
The return of Antonio Gates in Week 5 will most likely decrease the number of targets the third-year wideout will receive as long as Gates is on the field and healthy. That being said, as Allen continues to grow into his role as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, he will still have the opportunity to put up solid numbers.
Though Keenan Allen will always be striving to have games similar to that of Weeks 1 and 3, he is going to have games like Week 2. The goal for Allen needs to be to provide a consistent option for Philip Rivers, and make games like Week 2 few and far between.
For his career, Allen has recorded 177 receptions for 2,144 yards with 14 touchdowns.
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In a move that seems to be three weeks too late, the Chargers have placed offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman on reserve-injured, according to the team’s official website. Additionally, the Bolts have again waived tight end Kyle Miller.
The Chargers’ roster now sits at 51 players.
After suffering s litany of injuries along the offensive line in Week 3, it would make perfect sense that the team adds multiple pieces to the O-line.
Troutman, a former fifth-round draft choice, has struggled to make a positive impact when he has been healthy. Known more for his run-blocking ability, no one has ever confused him for being a decent pass-blocking guard. With his placement on reserve-injured, it could be that we have all seen the last of Troutman in a Chargers’ uniform.
When looking at the offensive lineman on the practice squad, it could be that the team will add Craig Watts Jr. or Michael Ola to the 53-man roster. Truth be told, both have the chance of being elevated to the game-day roster.
Watts Jr. joined the team last season as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M. He spent all of 2014 season on the practice squad; minus games where he was suspended due to a violation of the league’s policy substance abuse policy.
Ola started 12 games for the Chicago Bears last year. He played every spot along the offensive line with the exception of center. His versatility most likely spurned the interest of general manager Tom Telesco.
This week the Bolts play the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are a very good team, especially with Adrian Peterson back on their roster this season. They have a solid defense, too. This will be another good challenge for the Chargers on the road.
Here are my three key players to watch:
– Philip Rivers
We all know Rivers is one of the best in the business. Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikings believes that statement, saying that Rivers is “A great competitor” and that he is “extremely accurate”. Rivers has completed 55 of 68 passes for 644 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions through two weeks of the 2015 season. Those numbers are good for a completion percentage 80.9%. Not a bad start for him. Rivers’ last pass was an interception on the final drive in last week’s loss against the Bengals. I believe Rivers rebounds this week and helps the Chargers get the win against the Vikings.
– Melvin Gordon
Gordon showed last week that he has a lot to prove to the coaches and the fans. He had three runs that went for over 20 yards last week. Gordon has to be hungry for his first rushing touchdown, as well. We are entering Week 3 and he has zero touchdowns at this point. Look for Gordon to get a lot of touches this week against a good Vikings’ defense.
– Brandon Flowers
We are all too familiar with the Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The long-time offensive coordinator, and head coach for the Chargers, is a pass-heavy play caller. Flowers was burned for touchdowns three times by the Bengals last week. That was Flowers’ worst game as a Charger, by far. Expect him to get back on track this week with some key pass defenses and maybe an interception. I wouldn’t doubt his chances of it with the play calling of Norv.
These are my key players to watch for against the Vikings on Sunday. They all need to step up tomorrow if the Chargers have any chance at winning this game.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments.
Thanks for reading!
Rick Reiff, Jr.
The Chargers come into Week 3 with a 1-1 record as they go on the road to face a Vikings team who is coming off a very impressive 26-16 win over the Lions.
Here are my three keys going into Minnesota and coming away with a win.
1.) Contain Adrian Peterson
The Chargers run defense has been awful these first two games and they get their biggest test this week in trying to stop AD. Last week, Peterson had 29 carries and 134 yards, averaging 4.6 yards a carry. The Chargers are coming off a game in which they allowed 175 total rushing yards on 36 carries for an average of 4.86 yards per carry. That’s going to HAVE to get better, or AD will run all day and single-handedly beat the Bolts. Oh, and no, I will not mention that he ran for a single-game rushing record last time San Diego played them in Minnesota.
2.) Limit the mistakes
Last week the Chargers killed themselves with the stupid penalties and costly turnovers, leading to sloppy all-around play. Going on the road in back-to-back weeks is not easy; especially playing two very good home crowds in Minnesota and Cincinnati. But this will be yet another big test for the Chargers. If the Bolts can limit the penalties and turnovers and keep the Vikings offense, and more importantly Peterson, off the field, they will have a very nice game. Should San Diego do just that, they should be flying home to America’s finest city with their second win of the season.
3.) Make Bridgewater beat you, not AD
This goes back to point No. 1 as well. Adrian Peterson is by far their best player on both sides of the ball. So, forcing the hand of Teddy to win the game would be huge for this defense. The Vikings don’t have the offensive weapons that the Bengals or Lions have. Teddy is a decent QB, but is only in his 2nd year. Eliminate (try to at least) the best player on the field, and you can create turnovers, and hopefully the offense can take advantage of that this week.
Let me know what you guys think are keys to this week’s game and go Bolts!
The Chargers are preparing to play their second consecutive road game as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
Coming in with a 1-1 record, the Chargers will be tasked with trying to slow down the juggernaut that is Adrian Peterson. Also on offense, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve with each and every game.
Defensively, the team features safety Harrison Smith and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd. Second-year linebacker Anthony Barr still has a lot to learn, but he flashes solid ability here and there.
In the return game, Cordarrelle Patterson has game-breaking speed and is a threat to take it to the house each and every time he touches the ball.
Considering that I’ll be doing a game preview breaking down both teams later this week, I will not ramble any further and get right to predicting the offensive game stats for your San Diego Chargers.
Philip Rivers: 27-37 341 yards passing three TDs and no interceptions
Melvin Gordon: 19 rushes 111 yards and one TD
Danny Woodhead: 8 rushes 38 yards
Branden Oliver: 3 rushes 11 yards
Keenan Allen: 7 receptions for 94 yards
Danny Woodhead: 6 receptions for 64 yards and one TD
Stevie Johnson: 4 receptions for 61 yards and one TD
Ladarius Green: 4 receptions for 44 yards and one TD
Melvin Gordon: 3 receptions for 62 yards
Malcom Floyd: 2 receptions for 41 yards
John Phillips: 1 reception for 11 yards
As you can see from my projections, I expect the Chargers’ offense to click on all cylinders on Sunday. After uneven performances through two games, it would seem like the offense is ready to start rolling.
It is uncertain as to whether or not tight end Ladarius Green will suit up against the Vikings. After complaining of concussion-like symptoms following Week 2, the fourth-year vet is listed as questionable for the game. It is expected that he will be a game-time decision.
Are you as optimistic about the Bolts’ offense as I am?
Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Articles from Chargers.com:
- Bolts bring familiar face back to practice squad
- Stevie Johnson is different and a difference-maker
- Injury report: Jones, Addae out; Fluker, Green and Verrett questionable
- What are the Vikings saying about the Chargers?
- NFLN Preview: Chargers at Vikings
Articles from ESPN.com:
- D.J. Fluker, Jason Verrett questionable for Chargers
- Kyle Rudolph ready to face Notre Dame teammate Manti Te’o on Sunday
- Stevie Johnson a ‘money player’ on Chargers’ offense
Articles from The San Diego Union-Tribune:
The date was November 4, 2007. The Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers played 60 minutes of football in the Twin City. On that particular Sunday, in those 60 minutes, both teams had broken an NFL record. Still fresh in the minds of the players and the fans, the Chargers and Vikings meet again eight years later.
The first half of that game was all in favor of the Chargers. They had limited the sensational rookie running back Adrian Peterson to only 43 yards when the half ended. Peterson had made a name for himself early on in that season. He rushed for 224 yards with three touchdowns against the Chicago Bears, a few weeks earlier.
Tied 7-7, the Vikings decided to kick a long field goal, in hopes of taking the lead before heading into the locker room. Place kicker Ryan Longwell was set up to kick a 57-yard field goal. The longest of his career was 55 yards. Second-year Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie had put himself in the back of the end zone, anticipating a missed field goal. Longwell missed the field goal. Cromartie returned the missed field goal for 109 yards for a touchdown. Cro had just broken the longest touchdown run of 108 yards. The record was set and recorded as 109 yards although he was just under 110 yards. This was supposed to be the highlight and talk of the NFL that week.
The Bolts had gone into the locker room on a high. The Vikings went into the locker room somewhat defeated. The Chargers felt that what they were doing was working. The Vikings knew that they had to change some things up going into the second half.
The second half of the game might have been the worst for the Chargers under Phillip Rivers. It is a toss-up between this game and the game in 2012 against the Denver Broncos, blowing a 24-0 lead.
That is a debate for another time.
Minnesota made some adjustments going into the second half. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson left the game with an injury. Back-up quarterback Brooks Bollinger would end up playing the entire second half. He did well, throwing a touchdown pass, but it was the rookie, Adrian Peterson, who dominated the half. Peterson had fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter but that did not change the momentum of the Vikings. It went from bad to worse for the Chargers with a three-and-out, followed by a Rivers interception on the Chargers’ next drive. Peterson ended up with 253 yards in the second half. This was against the Chargers 7th ranked defense.
Peterson ended up breaking the Jamal Lewis’ record of 295 yards rushing in a single game (Lewis was a member of the Baltimore Ravens at the tie). Peterson ended the game with 296 yard rushing, 19 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The beautiful record-breaking run by Cromartie would be overshadowed by Peterson’s record.
It was an ugly game for the Chargers. Running back Ladainian Tomlinson, whom Peterson looked up to, ended up with only 40 yards rushing and one touchdown. Phillip Rivers was 19 for 42 with 197 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Sometimes it takes a defeat in that fashion to wake a team up. The Chargers ended up winning seven of their last eight games to win the AFC West. They went all the way to the AFC Championship game, losing to the New England Patriots. Another game Chargers players and fans would love to forget.
What does this mean for the game on Sunday against the Vikings? Probably not too much. It was eight years ago and these are not the same two teams.
Adrian Peterson is expected to have another good year, sitting out most of the 2014 season due to a suspension from his child abuse case. The Vikings will probably run a lot on the Chargers on Sunday like the did against the Detroit Lions the week before. He ran for 134 yards on 29 attempts in Week 2. It is possible that the Chargers will use the 2007 game to fuel the fire to get the win this time. Peterson is now 30 years old, which is almost ancient when it comes to running backs. It should be a better game for Chargers.
The question remains…will another NFL record be broken this year?