Free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III worked out with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday, igniting talk throughout the league, TV and social media. That visit came and went with little fanfare. The most that was reported was that the visit went ‘well’ and was ‘positive’. Not exactly ringing endorsements.
On Wednesday, the news broke that the Chargers have traded a conditional late round draft pick (7th) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones was a fourth-round pick of the Bills in the 2016 NFL Draft. This could be a game-changing move for the second team to move into Los Angeles in as many years.
Unless you watched the last game of the Buffalo Bills 2016 season, (I thought not), the last time we saw Jones he was holding up the first NCAA National Championship playoffs trophy as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. In the first season the NCAA went to a playoff system in the 2014-2015 season, Jones led the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind win over Alabama and defeated a Marcus Mariota-led Oregon Ducks team to win the championship.
In the 2015-16 season he was named a co-starter with J.T. Barrett. That season he had almost as many rushing attempts (153) as passing attempts (167). Ohio State won all 11 games in which Jones had a role in quarterbacking the team.
Jones was literally the last man up in what was an Ohio State quarterback carousel and he led the Buckeyes through the final three games of the season, including the NCAA playoffs. Playing behind J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller, Jones led OSU to a 59-0 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers leading into the playoffs. Take a look at the clip below for a refresher of how that season culminated.
Jones is the epitome of a ‘raw’ talent. At 6’5″-inches tall and 250 pounds he is a dynamic playmaker who can throw the ball a mile and move the ball with his legs. At the combine he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds, impressive for a man his size. He ran the ball 153 times for 617 yards and passed for 2,323 yards on 167 completions out of 270 attempts.
What led to his acquisition by the Los Angeles Chargers is his familiarity with Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. Last season, Lynn was the man calling the plays as the interim head coach in the Bills’ season finale. The Bills had fired head coach Rex Ryan the week before. That was the one game Jones played as a Bills quarterback, playing the final quarter after starter E.J. Manuel was benched due to poor performance. In the game. Jones went 6-11 for 96 yards and an interception.
Lynn thought highly enough of Jones from watching his scout team reps and practice habits to convince the front office to trade for him. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jones cried tears of joy upon being informed he had been traded. The Bills signed a free agent quarterback and drafted a quarterback this offseason, most likely leaving Jones as the odd man out. In L.A., he will get meaningful reps and could land as high as the number two quarterback on the depth chart if he plays to expectations.
Excited for the new start, can’t wait to get to work @Chargers ⚡️
— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) July 26, 2017
Jones will be joining former teammates Joshua Perry and Joey Bosa. Undoubtedly they will be excited to welcome Jones to the Chargers. What do you think? Do you like this signing? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Late Monday afternoon, an interesting pair of tweets came through the Twitter timeline of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter regarding the Los Angeles Chargers and a certain woebegone quarterback.
RGIII scheduled to work out Tuesday for LA Chargers, per league source. Been training in Florida with former Browns asst. Pep Hamilton.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2017
Tuesday’s workout with Chargers will be Robert Griffin III’s first team visit this off-season. Had another visit lined up but cancelled it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2017
With training camp only a couple weeks away, it looks like the Chargers are taking the time to look at upgrading their quarterback situation. On Tuesday, July 25, the Los Angeles Chargers will bring in former superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III in for a workout. Bringing Griffin in is a no-risk proposition. Right now, the Chargers backup quarterbacks are Kellen Clemens, 2016 undrafted free agent Mike Bercovici and 2017 undrafted free agent Eli Jenkins.
Griffin exploded onto the NFL scene as the number two overall selection of the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Baylor. His electrifying play caused many sleepless nights for opposing defenses and defensive coordinators as he looked to be the second coming of Michael Vick. He had a rocket for an arm and scintillating speed for a quarterback.
Griffins’ play catapulted him to the 2012 Rookie of the Year award and led the Redskins into the playoffs. A right knee injury suffered in the playoffs ended the Redskins hopes and Griffins’ career went into freefall immediately thereafter. After reconstructive knee surgery, and multiple other injuries Griffin slowly lost grip on his starting role to present Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and was released at the end of the 2015 season.
The Cleveland Browns added Griffin to their roster on a two-year, $15 million deal. A shoulder injury landed the veteran on the injured reserve list after only five games. The Browns cut Griffin on March 10, 2017.
With all the talk of out-of-work quarterbacks centered on Colin Kaepernick, Griffin has been almost completely off the radar. This is the first signs of interest he Griffin has had aside from the aforementioned cancelled visit with an unnamed team. At this point, Griffin has no leverage and will have to exist onveteran minimum, one- or two-year ‘prove-it’ deals until he can show he can still play and last a season without getting injured.
What do you think of the Chargers bringing in Griffin for a workout? Should they sign him? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman recently had surgery to repair a core muscle. According to multiple reports including ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Inman is expected to miss six weeks while he recovers and rehabs. Based on that timeline, he will miss OTA’s and mini camps but would be back in time for full squad training camp in July.
The ex-CFL star had a breakout season in San Diego last season, his second year on the team. Inman started all 16 games and compiled 58 receptions for 810 yards and four touchdowns. A month ago, he signed a one-year, $2.7 million restricted free agent tender. Next offseason Inman will be an unrestricted free agent.
The wide receivers room is the most crowded as it has been in an extremely long time. With first-round draft pick Mike Williams in the fold and Travis Benjamin and Keenan Allen returning from injury among others, it is important Inman gets as much field time as possible. His team security and financial security depend on it.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
The Greg One
Per NFL Insider Adam Schefter and other NFL media outlets, San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green is about to become a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Former Chargers TE Ladarius Green is expected to sign with
the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
After signing Antonio Gates to a two-year deal Wednesday, Green was high on the Chargers’ priority list. San Diego GM Tom Telesco said in the media that he was going to the NFL Combine to speak to the agents for both tight ends in hopes of re-signing them.
Green was the Chargers fourth-round pick in 2012. Expected to be the heir apparent to Antonio Gates, Green suffered with injuries and concussions. Although he showed flashes of the potential the Chargers expected, Green was slow to develop. There has been enough good tape on Green for the Steelers to woo him to play in the Steel City in an already loaded offense.
Green finished his tenure with the Bolts with 77 receptions for 1,087 yards and seven touchdowns.
In a huge win against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, the Chargers lose a focal piece to the offense that will hurt in more ways than one. Early in the 4th quarter, starting running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field with a knee injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the game. Per Adam Schefter, the Chargers have reason to believe Ryan Mathews has a sprained MCL but nothing is official until the MRI is completed which is scheduled to take place on Monday.
With Woodhead used as a complimentary back, Donald Brown will be up to handle a sizable portion of carries in San Diego for however many weeks Mathews misses. A big part of San Diego’s game is to keep their defense fresh by keeping them off the field as long as possible, obviously this is made possible via the ground game which is led by number 24. Brown has yet to be an NFL “bellcow”, as he only has a touch over 550 carries in his 5-year career. Through two games, the Charger defense has looked improved from last year but the only win of the season comes on 42 minutes of possession for the offense. Good math would indicate that our defense only played for 17 minutes of live action. Mathews spearheaded this keep-away tactic with 11 carries before his departure. While he only posted 2.8 yards per carry he ran hard and forced Seattle to respect the run.
The long-term situation this causes may be dreadful. Mathews was coming off his “breakout” year, picking up over 1200 yards rushing and proving to San Diego’s new brass that he is in fact the guy everyone thought he was as the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Over his career, the only thing Mathews has been consistent at is getting hurt. The 2013 season is the only year Mathews was able to play all 16 games. While it must be noted that he has never missed more than 4 games in one season, the injuries he had suffered seemed to linger. Since 2007 Mathews has fractured his clavicle 3 times (once in college), suffered two concussions, two ankle injuries (both to right ankle), a calf strain and an aggravation later on. These injuries add up to 10 missed games in his first 3 seasons, followed by the impressive 2013 campaign. He is now expected to miss more games here in 2014. In a contract year and a Donald Brown signing this past off-season, Mathews’ days in San Diego may be numbered. With the new staff, there is no real reason for loyalty to Mathews as the people who drafted him are long gone.
With Mathews out, expect the defense to be on the field longer than what you saw against the Seahawks for the next few weeks as I believe Woodhead and Brown will struggle for a while to find a balance in the run game. Woodhead being primarily a change of pace back makes Brown he proverbial work horse but until he shows he can be such, Woodhead will be used much more often thus creating a slight instability in the backfield.
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Adam Schefter, of ESPN, sent out a tweet saying that tackle Eric Winston is in Miami for a free agency visit.
Winston is a very solid player that excels in a zone blocking scheme. He would be a great addition to the Chargers considering they would like to employ the use of the zone blocking scheme in 2013.
The Dolphins have been extremely active in free agency while the Bolts have not. It would be a shame to many Charger fans if he does sign with Miami.
The former Chief and Texan, is drawing interest from multiple teams. It is starting to look like the Chargers are, perhaps, going to lose out on bringing him to San Diego.
This is definitely something we’ll be paying attention to this morning and throughout the day.
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