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Los Angeles Chargers

 

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.

 

 

Well, shit.

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.

 

 

Booga Peters

 

 

Corey Liuget

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

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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Thanks a lot for reading, and that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

 

 

LA Chargers

San Diego Chargers rookie running back Kenneth Farrow (27) participates in offensive line drills during the 2016 Rookie Mini Camp held at Chargers Park. (USA Today)

 

The Los Angeles Chargers have waived running back Kenneth Farrow and kicker Nick Rose. The Chargers announced the move via the team’s official website.

 

ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates had the announcement via Twitter.

 

 

 

As Yates mentioned in the tweet, Farrow, 25, was a reserve running back with the team. The former undrafted rookie free agent out of Houston missed all of the 2017 season due to injury. He also missed time after being placed on season-ending injured-reserve in ’16.

Kicker Nick Rose spent the end of the ’17 campaign with the Bolts after being claimed off of waivers (formerly with the Redskins). Rose missed two of his three field-goal attempts last season with the Chargers.

 

The NFL Draft kicks off in three weeks from today and the Los Angeles Chargers are doing their due diligence in their search to find the heir apparent to Philip Rivers. The team made news Wednesday when NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported they have scheduled highly touted quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen for private workouts. The visits are considered local visits for UCLA product Rosen and USC product Darnold. As a result, they do not count against the Chargers’ thirty allowed draft prospect visits.

Both quarterbacks are projected to go at the top of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. Most projections indicate they will go in the top five, almost certainly in the top ten selections of the draft. The Los Angeles Chargers select 17th. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco would have to sacrifice high draft picks in this draft and likely the 2019 draft as well to get high enough to select one of them. Darnold and Rosen are considered two of the top four quarterbacks in the draft alongside Wyoming product Josh Allen and Oklahoma product Baker Mayfield. All four are projected to be off the board before the top ten selections are complete.

The Chargers know the clock is ticking when it comes to finding the man who will take the team into the future once Rivers calls it a career. Now 15-years a professional, Rivers will not be around very much longer. The franchise quarterback has taken an extraordinary amount of wear-and-tear on his body and he’s going to want to spend more time with his wife and eight children. The Chargers quarterback room currently consists of Rivers, the recent addition of veteran quarterback Geno Smith and the raw talent of project Cardale Jones.

This is nothing new of the front office to bring in the top quarterbacks in the draft for a visit during the weeks leading up to the event. This is the time to recognize the window on stability at the quarterback position is about to close. Not selecting a franchise-caliber quarterback to be groomed and mentored behind one of the best quarterbacks in the game would be a great setback to a young team that is trending in the right direction. Let’s hope the team acts on that need sooner than later.

Do you believe the Chargers will select a franchise quarterback in the draft or is this much ado about nothing? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

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Mandatory photo credit courtesy of chron.com

 

Kicking woes were a constant problem for the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2017-18 season. In an attempt to finally solve their kicker quandary, the Bolts signed veteran kicker Caleb Sturgis to a two-year/4.45 million contract. Per Spotrac, the deal includes a one million dollar signing bonus and one million fully guaranteed.

Sturgis entered the NFL after a standout career at the University of Florida. The Miami Dolphins selected him in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft and he played in South Beach for two seasons. He then joined the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2015-16 season where he was cemented as the starter until game one of the 2017-18 season when he went down to a hip flexor injury. The Eagles placed Sturgis on injured reserve and he lost his job to Jake Elliott.

For his career, Sturgis has made 111 of 137 field goals (81%) and 140 of 144 (97%) extra point attempts. The Chargers went through five kickers last season and it directly cost the Bolts wins due to their combined league-low 67% success rate. Sturgis was 7-11 in the critical area of 50+ yard kicks in his most recent stint in Philadelphia.

Immediately after the season ended, the Chargers signed kicker Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo is the former second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After entering the draft as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history out of Florida State, Aguayo never found his footing in Tampa. He missed nine of his 31 field goal attempts and two extra points his rookie year, resulting in his getting cut after one season. Quick stints with the Panthers and Bears did not yield better results and he found himself out of work before the end of last season.

Aguayo and Sturgis will be a camp battle to watch as offseason activities and training camps will begin in a few weeks. Can Aguayo find his groove? Has Sturgis fully regained his starter form from when he was a top-10 kicker in the league? Stay tuned…

Do you like this move? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

@LordoftheGregs

 

#TelescoMagic

 

 

Photo credit courtesy of the official Los Angeles Chargers Twitter account and team website.

On Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens added depth to their quarterback lineup by signing reclamation project Robert Griffin III. The deal is for one-year/one million dollars. Griffin III has not taken a snap from under center since the end of the 2016 season. Once the face of the Washington Redskins franchise after bursting into the league with a stellar rookie season in 2012, injuries derailed Griffin III’s rise to stardom. Ultimately, the Redskins cut Griffin III in 2016. Replacing him was a quarterback they drafted the same year, two rounds later, Kirk Cousins.

The last time Griffin III was in uniform was as a member of the Cleveland Browns. Injuries and poor performance followed him there as well and the former human highlight reel was cut after the 2016-17 season. He did not play at all in the 2017-18 season. Baltimore had Griffin III in initially just to throw to receiver prospects and were impressed by his performance enough to warrant a workout of his own. As a result, Griffin III now has a role as the experienced backup to starter Joe Flacco. The Ravens also have 2016 UDFA Josh Woodrum as the third quarterback on the roster.

This is Griffin III’s last big break to show he still has what it takes to make it in the NFL. The Ravens look to be the perfect landing spot because he will not be pressed into action right away and will not be looked at to be the answer at quarterback as the Browns thought two seasons ago. Ideally, he will not need to step on the field for anything other than possible garbage time snaps. Flacco has proven to be what Griffin III is not, durable. Griffin III also wins because he gets to put legitimate game snaps on film when he takes the field in the preseason. Even against vanilla defenses, he can still show his arm, ability to read defenses and that he can take full speed NFL hits.

Solid signing by the Baltimore Ravens. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

 

The Greg One

 

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