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Posted by Hayley Elwood | January 1, 2017 at 11:55am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Chiefs.
#16 Tyrell Williams is expected to start at WR for #12 Travis Benjamin
#36 Ronnie Hillman is expected to start at RB for #28 Melvin Gordon
#75 Chris Hairston is expected to start at LT for #77 King Dunlap
#42 Trevor Williams is expected to start at CB for #29 Craig Mager
#57 Jatavis Brown is expected to start at ILB for #52 Denzel Perryman
QB Tyler Bray
CB D.J. White
RB Spencer Ware
LB Justin Houston
OL Mike Person
TE Ross Travis
LB Justin March-Lillard
#91 Tamba Hali is expected to start at LOLB for #50 Justin Houston
#20 Steven Nelson is expected to start at RCB for #23 Phillip Gaines
#35 Charcandrick West is expected to start at RB for #32 Spencer Ware Read
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 24, 2016 at 8:30am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Browns.
QB Kevin Hogan
QB Josh McCown
RB Darius Jackson
C Gabe Ikard
DE Tyrone Holmes
NT Gabe Wright
DE Stephen Paea Read
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 18, 2016 at 11:55am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Raiders.
QB Connor Cook
CB Antonio Hamilton
S Karl Joseph
G/T Vadal Alexander
G Denver Kirkland
LB Shilique Calhoun
DT Stacy McGee
Denico Autry is expected to start at DT for Stacy McGee.
Nate Allen is expected to start at SS for Karl Joseph. Read
Henry Explains Significance of Raiders Week as a Rookie
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 14, 2016 at 3:30pm
For Hunter Henry, he got a crash course in Week 5 and is eagerly looking to Sunday’s rematch at the Q.
“This is big; Chargers-Raiders. Down here, we don’t like them and up there, they don’t like us. It’s a lot of fun, especially when we went up there first. Just the (feeling of) hate, that drives you as a player. You love that little chip on your shoulder; underdog mentality. You love to go into a place and shush everybody up. It’s going to be fun to be at home and play the Raiders again.” Read
Woodhead Rehab Update
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 13, 2016 at 5:30pm
Go on Danny Woodhead’s Instagram and you’ll see number 39 putting in the work since the knee injury he suffered in Week 2.
Today, Woodhead provided Chargers fans with an update on his rehab.
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 11, 2016 at 8:30am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Panthers.
CB Craig Mager is expected to start in place of CB Brandon Flowers.
RB Cameron Artis-Payne
LB David Mayo
LB Luke Kuechly
OT Daryl Williams
DT Kyle Love
TE Chris Manhertz
DE Charles Johnson
DE Kony Ealy is expected to start in place of DE Charles Johnson.
LB A.J. Klein is expected to start in place of LB Luke Kuechly.
G Trai Turner is expected to start in place of OT Daryl Williams.
G Chris Scott is expected to start in place of G Trai Turner. Read
Mel Kiper Jr. Raves About Undrafted Chargers Rookie
Posted by Ricky Henne | December 9, 2016 at 9:29am
Of course, the 2016 draft was still top of mind as we head into the final quarter of this season.
Kiper was asked about the Chargers rookie class, which has been among the best in the NFL. To the surprise of no one, he offered effusive praise for the picks from top to bottom:
“You can’t miss when you have an early pick (third overall) like that, and Joey Bosa right now is one of best five rookies in the NFL. He’s been a dynamic presence…. I think Jatavis Brown, (Hunter) Henry and Bosa kind of made their draft, there’s no question about it”
What may come as a surprise though was that Kiper singled out an undrafted free agent on his own that has not gotten a lot of pub from national pundits:
“Then Trevor Williams, undrafted out of Penn State, has done a heck of a job as a nickel (corner). An undrafted rookie that’s made the team and has contributed heavily.”
Kiper is right that Williams has done an impressive job and is flying under the radar. The Penn State product has eight tackles, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery since being promoted off the practice squad. More importantly, he shows no fear no matter who he lines up against. Williams has not only elevated his play on defense after the Bolts turned to him but has also turned into one of the team’s top special teams contributors.
Rivers Anticipating Return to the Tar Heel State
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 7, 2016 at 4:25pm
Although it’s just over two-and-a-half hours away from NC State, Rivers is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium and playing in “football weather.”
“I haven’t been back in that area to play in a game since 2004, my rookie year, and I didn’t play in that one either. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll get a little bit of that fall, December weather and it’ll be a challenge for us. It’ll be a good defense and a good team.”
Community Tuesday: Cleveland Recaps Bike Giveaway
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 6, 2016 at 8:00pm
Earlier today, the San Diego Chargers and the Bikes for Kids Foundation surprised a group of local elementary school children with brand new bikes.
Check out Asante Cleveland’s wrap-up of the event!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 4, 2016 at 11:58am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Buccaneers.
CB Craig Mager is expected to start in place of Brandon Flowers.
QB Ryan Griffin
S Chris Conte
OL Josh Allen
OL Evan Smith
OL Leonard Wester
DT John Hughes
DL DaVonte Lambert
Keith Tandy is expected to start at S for #23 Chris Conte.
Joshua Perry's #MyCauseMyCleats
Posted by Hayley Elwood | December 2, 2016 at 12:55pm
Perry’s cause is one that hits home. With his brother, Jahred, on the Autism spectrum, the linebacker chose to raise awareness for those affected by the disorder.
“It’s a really great opportunity and I'm thankful the league is allowing us to do this. I think a lot of guys have causes that are near and dear and they want to show people. When they get a chance to showcase (the causes) people can learn what’s going on. Everything I try to do is to basically help others. (My brother is) a huge part of that so for me to go out there, run around and advertise (Autism awareness) a little bit, it’ll be huge. I know he watches all the games so he’s just going to be really excited.”
Mebane Updates Fans on Surgery
Posted by Ricky Henne | November 30, 2016 at 3:51pm
Popular nose tackle Brandon Mebane took to Instagram last night to share an update on his recent surgery to fix his torn biceps
I had surgery last Monday to repair my torn biceps. I'm healing well and looking forward to getting back on the field next season. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and/or sending encouraging words during this time. #boltup
Chargers Climbing Up the Power Rankings
Posted by Joe Gigliotti | November 29, 2016 at 12:02pm
ESPN.com has moved the Bolts from the bottom third of the league (25th) to the top half (15th), which was the biggest increase of any team this week. ESPN was not alone in moving the Chargers sharply up the list as they also saw the biggest increase on CBS’ rankings, moving from 20th to 15th. Pete Prisco of CBS.com had this to say:
“They aren't done yet. This is a team nobody will want to see in the playoffs -- if they can get there.”
That statement seems to be the underlying feeling by most experts – San Diego is a team that is capable of winning any game they play. Elliot Harrison of NFL.com accurately describes this by relating the Bolts to Rocky Balboa as he ranks them 16th:
“Peg the Chargers any way you want. Peg them as a 5-6 team if you'd like. Or peg them, more accurately, as roster beset by injuries that hasn't gone down. San Diego is Balboa in ‘Rocky II,’ absorbing blow after blow from flashier opponents, and then climbing up the ropes from what you thought was the final knockdown one more time. Perhaps there isn't enough time to make it to the postseason. But with a scoring differential of 313-291 -- and a fresh road win over a division leader -- San Diego sure doesn't feel like a losing team to me.”
"Sharing is Caring"
Posted by Ricky Henne | November 28, 2016 at 5:13pm
Tell 'em, Joey!
On Field Victory Celebration Over Texans
Posted by Ricky Henne | November 27, 2016 at 7:02pm
Join the on field celebration seconds after today's win!
We win #SDvsHOU https://t.co/su5KcTiF3B
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) November 27, 2016
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) November 27, 2016
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 27, 2016 at 8:35am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Texans.
QB Brandon Weeden
WR Jalen Strong
RB Alfred Blue
RB Tyler Ervin
OLB John Simon
G Josh Walker
G Oday Aboushi
Woodhead Rehabs in Style
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 23, 2016 at 12:45pm
Danny Woodhead gave fans a peek into his rehab process today and while it’s a welcomed sight to see the running back on the treadmill, it’s hard to not dwell on his choice of attire.
Gordon Plays Burrito Roulette
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 22, 2016 at 6:15pm
Melvin Gordon has been a force to be reckoned with this season so much so, that it’s hard to think anything can get in his way.
However, Bleacher Report’s game of Burrito Roulette is here to challenge number 28. Check out the video below.
Bosa Gives Thanks for Brandon Mebane
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 21, 2016 at 5:05pm
While Bosa said the team will thrive on a next-man-up mentality, he took time to share his gratitude for the wealth of knowledge and guidance Mebane imparted on him throughout his rookie season.
“If I could thank anybody on this whole team this year, I would have to thank (Mebane) for helping me the most through this whole process. This is his 10th year, so he’s obviously been through it just with offensive schemes and (helped me learn) how to handle myself through the season. We’re losing a great player and a great guy.”
Shawne Merriman Announces "Big Secret" on "Harry"
Posted by Ricky Henne | November 16, 2016 at 8:02am
"Lights Out" will join Harry Connick, Jr's show "Harry" today for an interview you surely won't want to miss.
Here's a sneak peek: Read
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) November 13, 2016
Philip Rivers Nominated for 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
Posted by Ricky Henne | November 15, 2016 at 9:57am
Chargers-Dolphins Inactives & Expected Lineup Changes
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 13, 2016 at 11:40am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Dolphins.
Korey Toomer is expected to start in place of Jatavis Brown.
Kyle Emanuel is expected to start in place of Denzel Perryman.
Adrian Phillips is expected to start in place of Jahleel Addae.
Tyrell Williams is expected to start in place of Travis Benjamin
CB Jordan Lucas
CB Xavien Howard
CB Chris Culliver
DT Nick Williams
DE Terrence Fede
T Sam Young
TE Thomas Duarte
Tony Lippett is expected to start for Xavien Howard.
Andre Branch is expected to start for Mario Williams.
Smash the Dolphins!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 12, 2016 at 1:00pm
Check out Bobby Rubio's interpretation of this week's game and get ready to smash the Dolphins!
Melvin Gordon Reacts to Winning AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Posted by Ricky Henne | November 9, 2016 at 3:37pm
First it was Drew Kaser winning the special teams award for his play in Week 6’s win over the Broncos.
Then, it was Denzel Perryman winning the defensive award after a game-changing fourth quarter pick and 4th-and-1 stop in overtime.
On Wednesday, Melvin Gordon was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after authoring the third most yards from scrimmages (261) in Chargers history.
After practice, Gordon explained while meaningful, his sole focus having an equally impactful game vs. the Dolphins:
“It’s a good feeling, but I don’t think about it too much. It’s an honor to have it, but I’m on to the next week.” Read
Branden Oliver Meets His #1 Fan
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 8, 2016 at 6:30pm
Many players talk about the social responsibility that comes with being a professional athlete, but Branden Oliver truly lives it.
Oliver has always been a big proponent about giving back and being a mentor to those who need it and on Sunday, his biggest fan got a very special surprise.
Postgame Victory Vines over Tennessee
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 7, 2016 at 10:00am
Take to the field immediately after the Bolts' big win:
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 6, 2016 at 11:56am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Titans.
San Diego Chargers Expected Starting Lineup Changes
#31 Adrian Phillips is expected to start at SS for #37 Jahleel Addae
#51 Kyle Emanuel is expected to start at ILB for #52 Denzel Perryman
#56 Korey Toomer is expected to start at ILB for #57 Jatavis Brown
WR Tre McBride
S Rashad Johnson
CB Cody Riggs
LB Aaron Wallace
G Quinton Spain
TE Jace Amaro
DL Austin Johnson
Tennessee Titans Expected Starting Lineup Changes
#62 Brian Schwenke is expected to start at LG for #67 Quinton Spain
#24 Daimion Stafford is expected to start at SS for #25 Rashad Johnson Read
Thrash the Titans!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 5, 2016 at 12:30pm
Check out Pixar artist Bobby Rubio's interpretation of this week's matchup with the Titans.
Whiz, Mariota Share Mutual Respect
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 4, 2016 at 1:11pm
Although they met in the first preseason match of 2016, Sunday’s match between the Chargers and Titans will be the first regular season tilt between Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Whisenhunt was the Titans Head Coach when the team drafted Mariota out of Oregon and coached the QB up until he was relieved of his duties at the midseason point. Although he admits he hasn’t watched much of his former signal caller this season, Whiz calls Mariota a “really good, young quarterback” who is “dedicated to the game and works very hard at it.”
As for Mariota, he is forever indebted to Whiz for helping him acclimate to life in the NFL and teaching him things he still incorporates into how he plays the game”
“Coach Whiz is a great coach. He really believed in me coming out of college and I owe a lot to that guy. I think he’s a great offensive mind. Everywhere he’s been, the offense has done well. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and I really appreciate everything he’s done for me. He allowed me to dive into the playbook. Once I got here, he (gave) me reps right away. In terms of just talking football, he’s so knowledgeable about that stuff that really anything he talked to me about was good advice and things that I’m still (incorporating) in my game today.”
Three Chargers Named to NFL Network's Midseason All-Rookie Team
Posted by Joe Gigliotti | November 2, 2016 at 4:35pm
The accolades just keep on coming for the Chargers 2016 draft class. Not only have they won multiple Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors as well as a Rookie of the Month award, but now three have been named to the NFL Network’s Midseason All-Rookie Team: Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry and Jatavis Brown.
The most notable name on this list is the Chargers first round pick (3rd overall) Joey Bosa, who was recently named October’s Defensive Rookie of the Month. In his first four games Bosa has had 14 tackles and four sacks. If he continues that pace, he will be close to tying or breaking the Chargers record for most sacks in a rookie season (12.5), set by Leslie O’Neal in 1986.
The Chargers second round selection (35th overall) Hunter Henry was widely considered the top tight end prospect in the draft and has proved why in the first eight games of the season. In his first game starting in Week 3, Henry hauled in five passes for 72 yards and over the next three games caught 13 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebacker Jatavis Brown was selected in the fifth round (175th overall). After Manti Te’o suffered a season-ending injury, Brown was thrust into the starting linebacker position and has thrived. His most notable game came vs. the Broncos. In the national spotlight on Thursday Night Football Brown led both teams with 14 tackles, including a sack and also forced a fumble late in the game. For the season, he leads the Chargers in tackles with 52.
Bolts Inspired by Visit to Rady Children’s
Posted by Hayley Elwood | November 1, 2016 at 4:00pm
While the kids were excited to meet their favorite players, those who were there like Josh Lambo were equally as thrilled.
Lambo discussed how inspiring visits like today’s trips are and how being able to encourage those who need their spirits lifted still catches him off guard. Click here for more photos from the visit.
“It was awesome. It was a really cool experience for me because I got to meet some really cool kiddos. It was inspiring for me because I got to see what these kids go through and it puts a lot of things in perspective for me. It’s still weird for me because I still don’t see myself as a big time (athlete). But the fact that these kids look up to the status that I have and the platform that I have, if I can make them laugh, put a smile on their face or even help them with their biology homework, it’s pretty rewarding.”
Why Philip Rivers is “Fired Up” for Second Half of Season
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 31, 2016 at 5:12pm
Yes, they are 3-5 at the midway point, but number 17 senses something special about this 2016 team:
“I’m fired up. We’ve have two at home (coming up) to get 5-5, get the bye and we go (on to) have a six game season. This feels a little bit like our 2007 season to me. I don’t think we’re nearly as healthy as we were in 2007 at this point in the year considering all of the injuries that we’ve today, but it feels a little bit like that. We him-hawed around and found a way to get to 5-5 and never looked back. I believe we can win every game, but I removed myself from being quarterback and looked at the three game stretch we just finished (with Denver-Atlanta-Denver). I said, ‘We have to get two out of three’ and we did when probably most picked us to lose all three. Shoot, we beat the odds there and we’re going to go home, win two and get to 5-5. I can’t wait.”
That confidence and belief is widespread throughout the Chargers locker room. While Rivers and Antonio Gates are the only two players around from that 2007 season, players like Matt Slauson share the same belief that the Bolts can go on a roll:
“I know this loss is going to be talked about all week, and people will say our season is over, but all our goals are still intact. Everything is there for us. Nothing has changed. We can still accomplish everything we need to accomplish. I keep using this as an example, but look at the Kansas City Chiefs from last year. It’s the same thing. It’s there for us. We’ve just got to play better as a group.”
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 30, 2016 at 11:35am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Broncos.
QB Austin Davis
WR Cody Latimer
DB Aqib Talib
LB Brandon Marshall
OL Connor McGovern
OL Billy Turner
TE A.J. Derby
Joey Bosa Reacts to Winning Rookie of the Week
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 28, 2016 at 12:17pm
For the second straight week, a San Diego Charger has been named the Pepsi Rookie of the Week.
Number 99 weighed in on what it meant to be named Rookie of the Week:
“That’s awesome. Any time I can play well and help my team win, it means a lot. But to be recognized by the fans like that is really cool. Our fans especially have been great. To have their support means a lot.”
Thank You, Fans!
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 26, 2016 at 4:13pm
The chants of "Defense! Defense!" growing louder and louder from the Chargers faithful who traveled to Atlanta to catch the game. Bolts fans were in full force for the big overtime win, and on Wednesday, Head Coach Mike McCoy began his post practice presser by thanking them:
“I’d like to start out with, looking back really (at) this past weekend, thanking our fans that were in Atlanta. That was something special. Coming out for the opening kickoff and seeing how many Chargers fans were out there with the Chargers flags; and then I know at one point, I think it was 5:59 left in the game, and you get the ‘Let’s go Chargers’ chants going. Then we tie it up and they start chanting defense behind our bench and everything; I think that was exceptional. I know a lot of players said a lot of things after the game (about it) and on the sidelines while that was going on. We can’t thank our fans enough. We need the same thing this week here in Denver. (We have) another big game coming up this weekend against a division opponent in Denver so I just wanted to say thanks once again to our fans.”
Bolts Charging Up Power Rankings
Posted by Joe Gigliotti | October 25, 2016 at 1:47pm
ESPN.com has moved the Bolts into the top 15, 14th to be exact, and have this to say after their second straight win:
“Joey Bosa has recorded 4.0 total sacks in two of his three games and San Diego ranks in the top 10 in sacks and pressure percentage. They'll be chasing after the Broncos in Week 8”
ESPN revealed something that most are saying: Joey Bosa is putting up a great numbers and should be in consideration for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Bolts young defense is growing up right in-front of our eyes which is the main reason CBS.com ranks the Chargers 11th. Here is what they have to say:
“This is a team that seems to be growing up. Now they face a stiff road test at Denver after impressive victories the past couple of weeks.”
NFL.com named the Chargers the league’s must watch team, and in their power rankings, moved them up seven spots to 17. It was the biggest jump in the standings for any team. Here is what they said:
“When the defense steps up the way it has the last two weeks. Holy cow, Joey Bosa has gone all J.J. Watt on the NFL.”
If the defense continues to gel while the offense keeps clicking, the Chargers are likely to continue ascending in the power rankings.
How Mike McCoy Decided to Kick Game Winning Field Goal
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 24, 2016 at 4:27pm
On Sunday, Mike McCoy opted to kick what turned out to be the game winning field goal on second down from 42-yards out.
Here is how he came to that decision, and whether he had a distance in mind once the offense got the ball:
"I think it depends. There are a number of different things that go into the decision. We were inside in the dome. Where is Josh’s range that day? How has he been kicking? A lot of times you want to get on a certain hash for that player. How are you moving the ball and what type of team are you playing against? There is always a risk of continuing on going and getting closer and closer and then all the sudden (something) happens. We have seen that happen before in this league. We got to certain point where we did in the game and we said let’s go for it like we did. It worked out just perfect."
Postgame Victory Vines Over Atlanta
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 23, 2016 at 11:03pm
Head onto the field immediately after today's victory as the Chargers win in OT!
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) October 23, 2016
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) October 23, 2016
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) October 23, 2016
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 23, 2016 at 11:38am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Falcons.
WR Taylor Gabriel
S Sharrod Neasman
CB C.J. Goodwin
LB A.J. Hawk
G Mike Person
G Wes Schweitzer
TE Joshua Perkins
Flip the Birds!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 21, 2016 at 4:00pm
The Bolts are back in action on Sunday and ready to take on the Atlanta Falcons.
Check out Pixar artist Bobby Rubio’s rendition of this week’s game.
Gates Shares Thoughts on Facing Freeney
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 20, 2016 at 2:30pm
On Sunday, the pair will face off at the Georgia Dome. Ahead of the match, Gates shared his thoughts on what facing his former teammate will be like and how their friendship won’t subside just because they’re opponents.
“I don’t know; I haven’t put much thought into it! I just know that he is still capable of making plays and even at this age, he is still a lot better than other people in this league. Watching him play, he can still rush the passer. It’s funny when you play against a guy that’s a true friend; it’s weird. You want to compete but (after a play) you are like, “Are you alright?” You have to check and make sure they are good because we are still friends.”
Jason Verrett Shares Surgery Update
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 19, 2016 at 4:15pm
Earlier today, Jason Verrett had surgery to repair his partially torn ACL.
Per the cornerback’s Twitter, it looks like things went well. Tweet Verrett your wishes for a speedy recovery.
Tune Into Verrett on the Radio
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 18, 2016 at 3:00pm
Jason Verrett is on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego every Tuesday at 3pm.
Tune in to listen to the cornerback put his sports broadcasting major to use on the radio.
Vote Your Favorite Chargers to the Pro Bowl
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 17, 2016 at 7:30pm
It’s that time of year, Pro Bowl voting is officially upon us.
Click the link in the tweet below to vote your favorite Bolts players to the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando.
Postgame Victory Vines Over the Broncos
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 14, 2016 at 7:22am
Take to the field immediately after the Bolts big win:
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) October 14, 2016
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) October 14, 2016
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 13, 2016 at 4:00pm
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Broncos.
QB Austin Davis
DB Justin Simmons
DB Lorenzo Doss
OL Connor McGovern
OL Ty Sambrailo
TE Jeff Heuerman
LB DeMarcus Ware
Pagano on Joey Bosa's Ceiling
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 11, 2016 at 3:09pm
Joey Bosa lived up to lofty expectations with an impressive debut against the Oakland Raiders.
So, it's only natural that Defensive Coordinator John Pagano was asked a litany of questions about the rookie during his weekly press conference.
One reporter wanted to know if there was a ceiling on the 21-year old Bosa's potential, to which Pags gave an answer sure to excite fans:
"No. (With) the way he works, his work ethic, how he approaches this game; if I’m (in the building) I think he’s here. When I leave, he still might be here late at night. He lives here. That’s how he approaches this game and that’s how it needs to be. He’s number one being a professional each and every day, but also doing the little things. (Doing) what it takes to take care of your body so you can be there. It’s a good start that he is off to and we need to see more of that."
Monday Practice Report
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 10, 2016 at 9:42pm
With the bolts facing the Broncos on Thursday, here is this afternoon's practice report estimation.
(And yes, I know I need to delete some emails....)
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) October 11, 2016
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 9, 2016 at 11:55am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Raiders.
QB Connor Cook
S Nate Allen
RB Taiwan Jones
RB Latavius Murray
T Menelik Watson
OL Matt McCants
TE Clive Walford
Destroy the Raiders!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 7, 2016 at 3:30pm
The Chargers and Raiders have met a combined 113 times. Although Pixar artist and avid Bolts fan Bobby Rubio hasn’t documented each game, he is back at the drawing board.
In advance of Sunday, Rubio treated fans to a new sketch to get them pumped for this weekend's divisional match.
What Does Raiders Week Mean to Philip Rivers?
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 6, 2016 at 2:24pm
Sunday marks number 17’s 21st game against Oakland, and he boasts 14-6 record against the AFC West foe. He’s completed 650 (62.9%) passes for 4,835 yards and 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a 91.8 passer rating against them.
So what does Raiders Week mean to Rivers?
“When I came in, the guys that had been here awhile and obviously Marty (Schottenheimer’s) history with being in the division, Raiders week was a huge deal. I learned that early on. I think too LT, Drew (Brees), all those guys who had been here awhile; you know they grew up in this rivalry. We don’t have many guys who have grown up a part of it. We have so many young players. But the first thing is it’s a division game, and that’s what makes it a big deal. Then throw in the fact, which I have seen over the last 12 years, what it means to both cities- it’s an in-state deal. I think that our record is really; it’s temporary. We can’t let that effect our emotion or the way we go about it. We really can’t.
Obviously the Raiders, I feel like we have been saying it (for a bit) where they have continued (to get better) year after year till all of the sudden you look over there and say, ‘that is a heck of a football team.’ And, it’s always been tough (playing them). I know we had that stretch however many in a row we won, but it’s always been a tough game. Always. And they had a stretch before (our) stretch that was super long.” Read
NFL Players Send Well Wishes to Verrett
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 5, 2016 at 4:25pm
Today, Jason Verrett announced he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with a partially torn ACL.
While the devastating news of Verrett’s injury hit Chargers Park hard, players around the NFL took to Twitter to share their well wishes with the Pro Bowl cornerback.
Tale of the Tape: Chargers at Raiders
Posted by Ricky Henne | October 3, 2016 at 9:59pm
A look at the numbers when the Bolts visit the Raiders:
Posted by Hayley Elwood | October 2, 2016 at 12:00pm
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Saints.
LT Terron Armstead
CB Delvin Breaux
LB Dannell Ellerbe
TE Josh Hill
G Senio Kelemete
LB James Laurinaitis
RB Marcus Murphy
When the Saints Get Booted Out
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 30, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Bolts return to the Q on Sunday which means Bobby Rubio has this week's drawing on deck.
While the Saints will come marching into Qualcomm, here's hoping they get booted out.
Pulley Turning Heads
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 29, 2016 at 5:01pm
Spencer Pulley defied all odds to make the Bolts.
Rotating in at right guard over the first three weeks of the season, the Vanderbilt product continues to turn heads. Head Coach Mike McCoy weighed in on Pulley's play:
"(He's) a smart player that picked up the system quickly. We talk about position flexibility about playing guard and center, that always helps somebody be active. I'm very pleased about where he's at in the short amount of time he's been with us here...He's been successful at both (guard and center). Initially we thought he was going to be more of a center with the ability to move to guard. As he got here, he started doing (more) things."
Casey Hayward Limiting QBs to Worst Passer Rating in NFL
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 28, 2016 at 8:43am
Who has been the top cornerback in the league when targeted?
According to Pro Football Focus, the answer is the Chargers’ Casey Hayward.
The cornerback is allowing the lowest QB rating in the NFL when passes are thrown in his direction, holding Alex Smith, Blake Bortles and Andrew Luck to a combined 29.5 passer rating. His three interceptions rank second in the NFL while his five total passes defensed lead the Chargers.
With three picks on the year, Hayward has already tied for the most interceptions by a Charger in a single season since 2011.
CBs allowing the lowest QB Rating on throws into their coverage
Casey Hayward, SD, 29.5
Terence Newman, MIN, 33.2
Bené Benwikere, CAR, 37.5
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 28, 2016
Woodhead Wednesdays on XTRA 1360
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 28, 2016 at 5:30pm
Ever wanted to hear Danny Woodhead’s thoughts on the Chargers? Now you can. On Wednesdays at 12:30pm, Woodhead will join XTRA 1360’s The Mark & Rich Show.
As for what number 39 thinks about his weekly gig? Looks like he’s excited.
Tale of the Tape: Chargers vs. Saints
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 27, 2016 at 2:29pm
A look at the numbers when the Bolts host the Saints:
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 25, 2016 at 12:05pm
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Colts.
WR Donte Moncrief
CB Darius Butler
CB Patrick Robinson
T Le'Raven Clark
T/G Denzelle Good
WR Devin Street
DT T.Y. McGill
Bolt the Colts!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 23, 2016 at 3:30pm
It’s a football Friday which means Pixar artist Bobby Rubio is here with his take on this week’s matchup.
Chargers fans, get ready to Bolt the Colts!
Rivers Reacts to Winning FedEx Air Player of the Week
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 22, 2016 at 2:21pm
Philip Rivers is no stranger to accolades and awards.
On Thursday, number 17 earned his first hardware of the 2016 season when he was voted the FedEx Air Player of Week 2.
Upon learning of the award, Rivers reacted in typical Rivers fashion:
"It takes all of us to throw it. Guys have got to be on the other end to catch it, and guys up front have to be able to block. Last week was one of those games where we really got to pound the ball, and had to just be efficient in the passing game and make a few big plays. Everybody played their part."
Rivers on Luck: "He is a Heck of a Player"
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 21, 2016 at 5:00pm
Luck called Rivers a “great role model for all quarterbacks” and in turn, Rivers had nothing but positive things to say about number 12.
“He is a heck of a player. Gosh, he is a tough guy. He is great in the pocket, but also can run and is physical when he runs. I got to meet him one year in the Pro Bowl and just visit with him. I could tell early on the guy loves football. He likes to talk football and the scheme and the game… I can remember at the draft, he was just a complete quarterback and I think he is a heck of a player.”
Five Things You Need to Know About Dexter McCluster
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 20, 2016 at 1:22pm
- Mr. Versatility – The seven-year veteran has not only lined up at running back over his career, but also wide receiver and returner. Last year, he became the first player since Darren Sproles in 2011 to record at least 200 yards each rushing, receiving, returning kickoffs and bringing back punts in a single season.
- Whiz Kid - While it can be difficult to learn new systems, McCluster hopefully has a leg up based on his familiarity with Ken Whisenhunt. The newest Charger played under Whiz from 2014-15 in Tennessee. During their one full year together in 2014, McCluster played in 14 games, running the ball 40 times for 131 yards with 36 catches for 197 yards and a TD.
- Pro Bowl Pedigree – McCluster made the Pro Bowl as a punt returner for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, earning second-team All Pro honors along the way. He returned a career-high 58 punts that year and led the NFL with 686 yards and two TDs.
- Captain McCluster – The 5-8, 170-pound running back is a respected leader, and was voted a team captain last season for the Titans. He also served as a captain during college at Ole Miss.
- AFC West Tested – After spending his first four seasons in Kansas City, McCluster is well versed in the AFC West. He’s been a thorn in the side of the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, not to mention his new team. Fans likely still remember his 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in Kansas City’s 21-14 win to open the 2010 season in McCluster’s first career game.
"Philip Rivers is the Most Underrated QB of his Generation"
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 20, 2016 at 9:03am
That's what ESPN's Dan Graziano said Tuesday morning when taking a look around the league.
Graziano called Rivers "a bad man" as he points out he has the NFL's third-highest passer rating despite losing Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead.
Danny Woodhead Leaves Message for the Fans
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 19, 2016 at 5:55pm
After being lossed for the season to an ACL injury, Danny Woodhead posted a message to fans on Instagram:
Well it definitely sucks that this season came to an end so quickly, but I know God always has a plan for my life. Now it's time to get healthy and rehab as hard as I ever have. Excited about what the future holds. Plus, I get more time with these three! #romans8:28
A photo posted by Danny Woodhead (@teamwoody39) on Sep 19, 2016 at 1:57pm PDT Read
Postgame Victory Vines Over the Jags
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 18, 2016 at 10:03pm
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) September 18, 2016
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) September 18, 2016
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 18, 2016 at 12:00pm
QB Brandon Allen
CB Prince Amukamara
RB Chris Ivory
OL Chris Reed
WR Bryan Walters
DE Tyson Alualu
DE Chris Smith
Orlando Franklin a Late Addition to Injury Report
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 17, 2016 at 11:12am
San Diego added Orlando Franklin to the injury report with just over 24 hours to go before the home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The left guard is questionable to play with a neck injury.
Rivers, Verrett and Telesco Set for Weekly Spots on Xtra1360 FSSD
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 15, 2016 at 4:00pm
Fans looking for even more access to the Bolts are in luck.
The first hit comes Tuesday at 3:00pm when Jason Verrett joins the Loose Cannons for 30 minutes.
Thursday mornings you can hear Tom Telesco at 7:30am when he joins Nick Hardwick and Judson Richards.
— XTRA 1360 FSSD (@XTRA1360) September 15, 2016
Finally, start your Friday's off right by listening to what Philip Rivers has to say when he calls in with Hardwick and Richards.
Is Danny Woodhead a Chicken?
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 14, 2016 at 6:05pm
The answer is yes...in the best possible way.
According to Jacksonville Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash, trying to tackle the running back is as hard as chasing down a loose chicken.
"Well it is like, it was a Rocky movie where they are trying to catch a chicken. That is the thing. He is slippery. He is tough to get a hold of. He creates mismatches. Do you want to put a corner on him? Do you want to put a safety on him? Do you want to put a linebacker on him? He matches up well over corners. He has the speed like a wide receiver and with his elusiveness. We can’t have eight corners on the field. It is a situation where we have to be able to have good, smart matchups and be able to mix our man and our zone.”
Jaguars DC Todd Wash compared trying to tackle Danny Woodhead to Rocky trying to catch a chicken in the movie pic.twitter.com/kFipUdKTvJ
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) September 14, 2016
NFL.com Analyist Shares Thoughts on SD Color Rush Uniforms
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 13, 2016 at 10:05pm
Earlier today, the NFL and Nike unveiled the Color Rush uniforms for all 32 teams. While the Chargers have worn their fair share of blue hues over the years, they haven’t donned the royal shade in 30 years.
NFL.com Fantasy Analyst Adam Rank put on his fashion police badge and turns out, he’s a fan.
PFF Gives Bolts O-Line High Marks
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 12, 2016 at 4:22pm
Despite the loss, there were a number of positives to take away from Week 1.
That includes the play of the offensive line, which earned high marks from Pro Football Focus:
"San Diego’s offensive line was excellent in pass protection in this game, allowing only seven total pressures (including one sack) on 41 pass attempts. C Matt Slauson and RG D.J. Fluker were both perfect in pass protection, and Fluker and RT Joe Barksdale stood out for their work in the run game. Running backs Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead took advantage of the strong blocking in front of them, combining for 145 total yards (68 yards after contact, five missed tackles forced)."
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 11, 2016 at 8:35am
Today’s inactives for Chargers – Chiefs.
RB Jamaal Charles
WR De'Anthony Thomas
QB Tyler Bray
CB KeiVarae Russell
CB Kenneth Acker
OL Bryan Witzmann
DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Rich Gannon’s Path to a Chargers Victory Over Kansas City
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 10, 2016 at 1:42pm
The longtime QB offered his keys to the game, including what he sees as a path to a Chargers victory:
“I think San Diego without question has to get off to a fast start. The crowd noise is always an issue in Arrowhead. Offensively, you have a great running back in Melvin Gordon and an offensive line you feel better about, so you have to be able to crank up the running game. I think that’s really important against a team that also wants to run it.
Then defensively, if you are a San Diego Charger strapping on that helmet, you better make sure the chinstrap is buckled. Kansas City is a team that wants to go downfield and wants to run the football. So run defense is going to be key. If you can stop the run and force Alex Smith to get into some longer distances on third down where he has to throw the football, (then) I like their chances.
But look, this is AFC West football. This is Chargers at Chiefs. Opening weekend doesn’t get any better than this.”
Chop the Chiefs!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 9, 2016 at 2:30pm
It’s a game week and that means one thing – matchup art courtesy of Bobby Rubio. The Pixar artist is back at the drawing board with this week’s installment.
Hope it gets you pumped for Sunday’s game.
TBT: Gates Makes History vs. KC
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 8, 2016 at 3:26pm
In 22 career games against Kansas City, Gates has 104 catches, good for 1,316 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has more receptions, yards and touchdowns vs. the Chiefs than any other single opponent.
In 2005, Gates was named the Chargers Alumni Player of the Week after catching three touchdown passes during a 10-catch, 145-yard day. The 10 catches were his season high.
During a game against the Chiefs in 2013, a 41-38 win, Gates eclipsed 700 career catches and 9,000 career yards.
During a game against Kansas City in 2014, Antonio Gates surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards to become the 44th player and fourth tight end in NFL history to achieve the mark.
McCoy Offers High Praise on Philip Rivers
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 7, 2016 at 5:05pm
Through his time as the Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers has made a tremendous impact on the team.
However, when quarterback chatter turns to the national stage, at times it seems Rivers may be underappreciated. On Wednesday, Head Coach Mike McCoy was asked about Rivers flying under the radar and made one thing clear: #17 is one of the all-time best at his position:
“Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. He’s special, he loves the game of football, he has a great passion for the game and he’s even a better human being. Year-in and year-out, he plays at a certain level regardless of what the score is, regardless of what the record is. When he steps out on the practice field, he knows how to play football one way. Just because the record may not be a certain way, it’s not a one-man show. You ask around the league, the nine years I was in Carolina and the four in Denver, when you turn a San Diego Charger game on, (you see) one of the best of all time.”
It Felt Like I Was Never Going to Get to this Point Ever Again
Posted by Isaiah Burse| September 7, 2016 at 12:19pm
To find out I made the 53-man roster over the weekend was exciting because this has been a journey for me. I made the Broncos my rookie year, but then being released and spending last year on the practice squad; it felt like I was never going to get to this point ever again.
I didn’t have to call anybody to let them know; they all kept texting me. My brother and sister were down here visiting, and stayed at the same hotel I was in. They were biting their fingernails waiting for me to come home to find out. We went out that night and celebrated by getting tacos down in PB.
So it felt real good and it lit a fire under me. This is somewhere I want to stay. I am going to give this team all I have. I just want to be a better me every day. I know it’s not always going to be pretty. There will be some mistakes. But I’m going to be the best version I can be every day.
I also switched back to number 89. If 19 was open I would have taken that, but that is Lance Alworth’s. That number is retired for a reason! So I took 89 because I patterned my game off of Steve Smith and Santana Moss, and that’s the number they wore.
Thanks for reading my entry, and thanks for all the love. I appreciate it. Just know I am going to play my butt off for you all and do my best.
Woodhead Pens Letter to Younger Self
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 6, 2016 at 8:23am
Then check out Danny Woodhead's self-penned letter to his younger self that was posted this morning on the Player's Tribune.
The fan favorite running back charts an unexpected, difficult journey to a long NFL career to his 18-year old self, including how he will one day land in America's Finest City:
"Sure enough, 11 a.m. Thursday will roll around, and the Patriots will be your only offer. So you’ll call Chris, your agent.
'Hey Chris. I prayed about it, and I really feel like at this point, I’m supposed to go back to New England.'
'O.K.,' he’ll say. 'Anything else?'
He’ll cut you off before you even have a chance to respond.
'Wait a second,' he’ll say. 'San Diego’s calling.'
He’ll hang up with you and answer the call. In that moment, even though you won’t know if the Chargers are truly interested in you, you’ll know in your heart that you’re going to San Diego. The timing will be too perfect … it has to be part of God’s plan.
Chris will call you back, and within three hours, you’ll be a San Diego Charger.
That’s where I’m writing you from, Danny. I’m writing you from my home in San Diego as I prepare for my ninth NFL season. I know that’s hard for you to believe. I mean, I’m living it, and it’s still hard for me to believe sometimes. I still thank God every day for the blessings I have in my life. It’s been an incredible ride, and I’m hoping I still have four or five years left to play the game that I’ve loved my entire life."
Number Changes on the 53-Man Roster
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 4, 2016 at 12:01pm
With the 53-man roster now set, a number of Chargers officially changed jersey numbers.
Safety Dexter McCoil is switching from 38 to 23, which was previously worn by CB Steve Williams.
Wide Receiver Isaiah Burse took back number 89 from nine. He gave it up to fellow WR James Jones earlier in training camp.
Meanwhile, new additions Pierre Desire will wear 40, Caraun Reid 91 and Andre Williams 44.
Pierre Desir's Prospect Profile
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 4, 2016 at 12:01pm
The big cornerback from a tiny school was one of the players I profiled two years ago for the NFL Draft.
Check out his prospect profile here, including this tidbit:
“A superior athlete, Desir leapt out of Lucas Oil Stadium, ranking second in the entire combine with a 133.0 inch broad jump. That athleticism combined with his outstanding 6-1, 198-pound frame allows him to constantly make plays on the ball. In addition to his ball hawking prowess, Desir is a firm tackler who relies on his athleticism in all facets of his game.”
Underdogs Celebrate Making the Team
Posted by Ricky Henne | September 3, 2016 at 2:02pm
Undrafted free agents have the steepest hill to climb to make an active roster.
No matter if this is their first year or if they are a veteran, it's always sweet to make the 53-man squad.
As such, these underdogs took to social media to celebrate making the 2016 roster.
Blessed to be able to play the game that I love! God gets all the glory! #ChargedUp ⚡️
— Tyreek Burwell (@TyreekBurwell) September 3, 2016
Thank you God
— Dexter McCoil (@26Int_Hit) September 5, 2016
Who is Out vs. the 49ers
Posted by Hayley Elwood | September 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
The following players will not see action tonight against the San Francisco 49ers:
WR-KR Travis Benjamin
WR Keenan Allen
WR Dontrelle Inman
WR Tyrell Williams
QB Philip Rivers
S Dwight Lowery
CS Jason Verrett
CB Brandon Flowers
S Darrell Stuckey
CB Casey Hayward
RB Melvin Gordon
S Jahleel Addae
RB Danny Woodhead
ILB Manti Te'o
OLB Kyle Emanuel
ILB Denzel Perryman
OLB Melvin Ingram
C-G Matt Slauson
T Joe Barksdale
G Orlando Franklin
G-T D.J. Fluker
T King Dunlap
TE Antonio Gates
TE Hunter Henry
NT Brandon Mebane
DE Darius Philon
DT Corey Liuget
OLB Jerry Attaochu
DE Joey Bosa (Exempt)
Crash Course for New Running Back
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 31, 2016 at 8:07am
Gus Johnson was claimed off waivers from the Falcons on Monday.
He arrived in Chargers Park for a brief walk through on Tuesday.
That was his extent of practice time as he takes the field for the Chargers final preseason game Thursday night against the 49ers.
So what is Johnson’s mindset heading knowing he only has one game with limited reps to prove he belongs on the Bolts before final roster cuts this weekend?
“My mentality is to learn as much as I can and go out there and just do what I can. I’m not a person to not believe in myself, so I’ve got to be relaxed and roll with it. It’s difficult but that is part of it. I’ve got to take it and roll with it. I feel like the coaches will do a great job getting me ready and will give me a shot. I’m physical. I like to be physical and run hard, so that is what I want to show them.”
First Look at Joey Bosa Back at Practice
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 30, 2016 at 11:58pm
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 30, 2016
Bosa in Slo-Mo pic.twitter.com/wYS4bAr7Fa
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) August 30, 2016
Who did Coach McCoy Single Out for "Amazing" Play vs. MIN?
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 29, 2016 at 4:55pm
Since training camp, Liuget has openly talked about losing weight and starting the 2016 season off right. He capped off Sunday with two tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit and a supremely athletic nine-yard sack of Teddy Bridgewater where he split two linemen to get to the QB.
As McCoy mentioned, Liuget and his teammates need to keep that level of play as their standard in order to have a successful season.
“He played amazing. That’s the way Corey needs to play week-in and week-out. I think the shape he’s come into camp (at), playing a little bit lighter (and) playing next to someone like Brandon (Mebane has been good)…. Even the play where Teddy (Bridgewater) escaped on third down, you saw Corey and Darius Philon chasing him down. They were behind him, but they weren’t very far behind; they weren’t getting out-run. If everyone plays that way, all 11 guys, and Corey plays that way week-in and week-out, we’ll have a (darn) good defense.”
Antonio Gates Among Six Not Expected to Play vs. Vikings
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 28, 2016 at 9:00am
However, Gates and five other Bolts are not expected to play when the team kicks off at 10:00am PT against the Vikings:
Vanquish the Vikings!
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 26, 2016 at 3:28pm
Pixar artist and Chargers fan Bobby Rubio is back with his artistic take on the third preseason match.
Take a look at how he visualizes the Chargers taking on the Vikings Sunday morning.
What John Lynch Wants to See from the Bolts vs. the Vikings
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 25, 2016 at 2:22pm
Lynch chimed in with what he hopes to see from the Bolts come Sunday:
“For the third preseason game you want to be tested, and the Vikings are a very good football team. Having Ken Whisenhunt back, you just want to see the whole thing get put back together. You want to see production in the run game. Minnesota is a hard team to run against but you want to see that get going because it opens so many things up. [That’s] the most fascinating thing to me.
I haven’t had the Chargers a lot because I have been in the NFC the last couple of years and I haven’t had a lot of opponents that have played them. But it’s crazy that the great equalizer for this team is still number 17. He still looks like the same guy I played against in ‘06, ‘07 and it’s unbelievable. It is like he does not age. He still works the pocket so well. Against Minnesota last year getting the crap beat out of him, he stands in there and finds a way to make big plays. He’s just fun.
And then there is Travis Benjamin. I know he was hurt a bit during camp, so I think they are still trying to figure out how to utilize this guy and those are some of the things you find out in preseason.” Read
I Know I Made the Right Decision to Sign Here
Posted by Travis Benjamin | August 23, 2016 at 9:11am
The best part was when I heard that Philip said some good things about me in the media. He said he liked that comeback route, and I knew it was a good route when I ran it. I was able to get my head around and get the ball, so once I heard he said those things, it helped build our confidence together. Every time someone like Phil says something good about you, it’s a good feeling.
I know I made the right decision to sign here. I can tell from the mentality of the team, and having 17 with the way he throws the ball and runs the offense, the sky’s the limit for us. I really believe that.
The biggest difference for me between training camp with the Chargers and what I had done with the Browns was coming here knowing I was going to be a starter. This is my first time going into one not competing for a job, but playing the best I can. It was different and helped me focus in a different way.
We are out of the hotel now and back home, so I get to spend more time with my family. My little girl loves the water, so she always wants to go there. She wants to splash and swim all day, so we love it here in San Diego. My favorite is the zoo!
I’m heading out now to get some lunch, but I want to thank all the fans for your support so far. I can feel your energy out there in the crowd. I can’t wait for the second game of the season when we can play in front of you in the regular season and get this thing rolling.
NFL Makes Changes to Game Status Injury Report
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 22, 2016 at 3:33pm
In case you missed it over the weekend, the NFL made changes to the Game Status report.
Here is a rundown of the changes:
The Game Status Report’s player availability categories have changed. In particular, the prior category “Probable (virtual certainty player will be available for normal duty)” has been eliminated. If a player is certain to play – even if he has been listed on the club’s Practice Report during the week – (he will not be listed in) Game Status Report.
In addition, the Game Status Report no longer defines the three remaining player availability categories in terms of percentages. For example the “Doubtful” category is no longer defined as “at least 75 percent chance will not play.”
The Game Status Report’s player availability categories are now defined as follows:
Out – Will not play
Doubtful – Unlikely to play
Questionable – Uncertain if player will play" Read
Keenan Allen Goes Viral
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 21, 2016 at 4:41pm
The Slayer's moves have made the rounds on social media.
It's pretty easy to see why.
— Kyle (@marblekyle) August 20, 2016
Peter King on Chargers' Chances in 2016
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 19, 2016 at 5:45pm
The MMQB’s Peter King came down to America’s Finest City to take in the team’s second preseason game on Friday. King shared his expectations for the Chargers in 2016, the AFC West and how there’s always a chance with Philip Rivers under center.
“Any time you enter a season with Philip Rivers as your quarterback you have rampant optimism. Every time I cover a Chargers game I think all things are possible with that guy. The Chargers are in a division that is hugely improved in my opinion. I think the Chiefs will be really good in (Head Coach) Andy Reid’s fourth year. I think Oakland is one of the most improved teams in the league. But assuming that Joey Bosa will get in here at some point, their pass rush will get better. Brandon Mebane I thought was always a really underrated player in Seattle. The Chargers are one of these teams where (I’m never surprised by their record) because when you have a quarterback, all things are possible.”Read
Philip Rivers Among 10 Not Playing vs. Cardinals
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 19, 2016 at 4:48pm Read
McCoy "Couldn't Be Happier" With Trio of New Vets
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 18, 2016 at 3:59pm
The Chargers targeted a trio of players this offseason to bring veteran leadership to the locker room.
So far, so good.
“I couldn’t be happier with the two of them with how they came in and worked every day (with) their veteran presence. Just the way they work; they’re pros. They’re two great players. I think when you talk about as how happy I’ve been with the way practice has been going and the way the players have worked, the competitiveness of everything; it’s starts with veteran leadership and trickles down to everybody else. I think (it starts with) those two guys, and throw somebody like Dwight Lowery in the mix also, as a veteran player. The older guys have really come in with a veteran presence. They only know one way to do it, and that’s why they’ve been so successful their entire careers. I’m very pleased with the added dimension they’ve brought to our team.”
Where are the Chargers Being Picked in Fantasy Drafts?
Posted by Joe Gigliotti | August 17, 2016 at 2:21pm
Keenan Allen: Everyone has heard about the pace he was on last year before getting hurt – a projected 1,400+ yards, 134 receptions and eight TDs. With those numbers in mind, ESPN’s Matthew Berry has Allen listed as one of the WR’s he “loves” going into this season and NFL.com has Allen ranked 10th among WR’s; his current average draft position (ADP) is 28th overall.
Melvin Gordon: While fantasy football fans tend to focus on TDs, Gordon amassed over 800 total yards (and 33 receptions!) as a rookie. Gordon’s performance in the first preseason game did not go unnoticed as CBS’ Dave Richard labeled him as the RB “making the most noise” and advised to take Gordon in the 5th round. His current ADP is 69th overall.
Danny Woodhead: Having a career best season last year, Woodhead finished 10th in standard fantasy scoring among running backs and third in PPR scoring formats. He is currently being drafted on average as the 33rd RB in ESPN, Yahoo and CBS mock drafts – being taken off the board in the 7th or 8th round with an ADP of 86th.
Philip Rivers: Number 17 is coming off a season in which he led the league in completions and attempts, and finished second in yards. He has been reunited with the offensive coordinator that helped him have his best year in terms of completion percentage and is currently ranked as the 10th QB collectively by the ESPN experts and his current ADP is 96th overall.
Travis Benjamin: Benjamin proved to be the ultimate home-run threat for the Browns last year. Now he has an ADP in the 120’s with many targeting him in the 10th round.
Antonio Gates: The ageless tight end averaged just over five receptions per game last season and found the end-zone in just about every other game he played in. With an ADP of 11th, most target him in the 10th or 11th.
What Does Larry Fitzgerald Think of the Chargers' DBs?
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 17, 2016 at 12:04pm
Tuesday night he lined up against San Diego’s secondary, and chimed in with his opinion of the position group:
“They’re extremely talented guys. They have great work ethic and do an unbelievable job. (Defensive Backs Coach) Ron Milus coaches them up really well. You know what you’re going to get with the Chargers’ defensive backs; they’re a very sound and opportunistic group. Bringing over a guy like Casey Hayward has a lot of experience from last year. He does a good job, too.”
Bolts Update Depth Chart Heading Into Second Preseason Game
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 16, 2016 at 2:48pm
Heading into the second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers have updated their depth chart following last week's game against the Tennessee Titans.
As always, take a preseason depth chart with a grain of salt, but here is how it looks heading in Friday night's game. Please note this does not include new additions DT Kamal Johnson, LB Zack Hodges and LB James Vaughters:
It Felt GREAT to be Back!
Posted by Branden Oliver | August 15, 2016 at 12:35pm
Overall I felt our running attack did well, but we know we still have work to do. We roll as the big guys do up front, and they did a good job against the Titans. I was real happy for Melvin though. I know he wanted to get in that end zone bad. It had been a long time for him, so that was a big relief. I think it will give him a lot of confidence as well.
We just spent time watching the special teams film, and we did some good things there, too. I’ve seen a lot of time at kickoff returner. I like that a lot because I have a chance to put the ball in my hands in another way. I feel I can put the team in good field position up front, and the guys up there are doing a good job blocking.
I did have some time off yesterday, and I spent it at church and going to True Food. That’s my favorite spot here in San Diego. I also watched some Olympics. Usain Bolt is ridiculous! He is the greatest sprinter of all time. He is out of this world, really.
We get back on the field this afternoon, but I’m really looking forward to practicing with the Cardinals this week. I’ve never been part of a joint practice situation like this, so it will be a good experience.
Hope to talk to everyone soon.
Who is Out vs. the Titans
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 13, 2016 at 3:30pm
When the Chargers kickoff preseason play at 5:00pm PT, the following Bolts will not take the field:
#3 - WR Rico Richardson
#12 - WR Travis Benjamin
#16 - WR Tyrell Williams
#33 - CB Greg Ducre
#57 - ILB Jatavis Brown
#73 - C Spencer Pulley
#74 - G Orlando Franklin
#81 - WR Javontee Herndon
#91 - DT Zamir Carlis
#95 - DT Tenny Palepoi
#98 - NT Sean Lissemore
Bolts Show Off Style Before SDvsTEN
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 12, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Chargers left for Tennessee this morning in advance of their first preseason game of 2016.
But before they boarded, check out some pictures of the players' style.
What is Philip Rivers' Goal for the First Preseason Game?
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 11, 2016 at 2:00pm
Rivers knows he and the first-team offense won’t see too much action, but the signal caller shared his goals for what he would like to accomplish against the Titans.
“We just want to get out there and be sharp. No pre-snap penalties. You want to score touchdowns but (we need to) be crisp. To me, the preseason is the most over-analyzed (due to the) 10 or however many plays (we run). In a real game, you’re going to have 50 plays or more. If these plays on Saturday are really good, that doesn’t mean we’re an awesome team yet. If we’re terrible, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be awesome! It gets overanalyzed because of the small sample size… We just want to be sharp and not overreact to whatever happens (with) the outcome.”
What Does LT Think of the 2016 Chargers?
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 10, 2016 at 2:34pm
“The first thing I think of coming here is that Ken Whisenhunt is back. I want to see him bring that balance back to the offense between run and pass. I think it makes the team that much better as a whole. I’m also excited about the growth of this defense. There are a lot of young guys on that side of the ball, but they are very talented. I am eager to see how that shakes out.
I also want to see Melvin Gordon progresses from year one to year two. I had Lorenzo Neal and now he has Derek Watt. The fullback is the head guy. He’s the eyes and (ears) for the running back. Whenever you have a real good one, he makes things so much easier for a running back. He intimidates linebackers. It’s always good to have a lead blocker. I’ve always felt that way.
And then with Keenan Allen, I think he is a stud. The guy has progressed every single year. He is really ready to take that next step to be a top three or four receiver in the NFL. He is super talented and does all the right things. He works hard, studies the game and sets a great example for the young guys.” Read
Thrash the Titans
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 9, 2016 at 3:30pm
It’s the first game week of the preseason and that means Pixar artist and avid Chargers fan Bobby Rubio is back at the drawing board – literally.
Rubio is known for putting his artistic skills to work during the preseason and regular season drawing his character "Bolt Hero" taking on that week’s opponent.
Check out the installment for Saturday’s game.
I Hear the Hype, But I Tune It Out
Posted by Tyrell Williams | August 9, 2016 at 8:36am
I get asked a lot if I hear the hype on how I’m playing. I do hear the hype, but I tune it out. I still have a lot to improve on. I feel like I am making plays, but I know I have a lot to get better at. I have a lot of work to do. I need to get into the playbook more because I want to make even more plays. So I’m not buying into it just yet.
I also get asked sometimes what I think of the TyRandy Williams nickname some have given me on Twitter. I think that is crazy! That’s way over top and ridiculous! Randy Moss is one of the better receivers out there. I appreciate the love, but that is way too out there to even make any kind of comparison like that! It’s wild, but I do appreciate the support. I never would have imagined people saying those things when I signed after going undrafted last year.
Now I don’t get a lot of down time, but when I do, I SLEEP! I slept a lot during our off day on Sunday. I have a lot of family in town right now so I try to see them as much as I can, but it’s hard because we are so busy during camp. We did grab lunch at Buon Appetito in Little Italy. That’s my favorite spot in San Diego. You’ve gotta check it out!
It’s time to get out on the field now and get to work. This is a big preseason game coming up, so I’m looking forward to seeing where I’m at!
What are the Top Chargers Madden Ratings?
Posted by Joe Gigliotti | August 8, 2016 at 11:56am
- Keenan Allen and Jason Verrett are tied for the highest rated player on the team, each with an overall rating of 88.
- Verrett is tied with another receiver, newcomer Travis Benjamin, as the fastest player on the team with a speed rating of 93. Melvin Gordon is not far behind them with a speed rating of 91 and Jatavis Brown is the fastest rated linebacker on the team with a speed rating of 87.
- Denzel Perryman is rated as the hardest hitter, with a hit power rating of 91.
- King Dunlap and Orlando Franklin lead the offensive line in strength, each with a rating of 93.
- Corey Liuget anchors the defensive line with the highest tackle ranking on the team at 88. Manti Te'o is right behind him with a tackle rating of 87.
- The often blitzing linebackers Jerry Attaochu and Melvin Ingram rank 1 and 2 on the team in shedding blocks with ratings of 86 and 83.
Bolts Catch Olympics Fever
Posted by Ricky Henne & Hayley Elwood | August 7, 2016 at 12:28pm
With the Olympics underway and the Chargers enjoying an off day, some players shared which events they’ll be tuning in to watch this year:
Danny Woodhead: My whole family likes to watch the gymnastics together. It’s good bonding with my wife and older daughter especially. I also like track and field.
Kyle Emanuel: Track and field, but also swimming for Michael Phelps. I watched him live in Omaha. He’s unreal.
Manti Te'o: I like watching track. I like watching races. I ran track one year but it’s nice to see guys who actually are fast!
Corey Liuget: I’m the only world-class athlete I care about! I’m joking. Seriously though, I’ll watch the Olympics. Everybody likes track and field but shot-put is also cool, too.
King Dunlap: The 4X100, 200 and 400 because my mom and sister ran those! I also like to watch Michael Phelps.
Antonio Gates: Basketball!
Travis Benjamin: I ran track, so I will watch all those races.
Zach Mettenberger: Golf; watching rugby (is) cool. Gymnastics is always awesome; so many sports to choose from.
Tyrell Williams: I like the 200 meter sprints.
Jason Verrett: USA Basketball!
Ryan Carrethers: I usually like luge where the people are laying on their backs sliding down ice, but this is the Summer Olympics. I’ll watch soccer.
Kenneth Farrow: Usually track because I ran it in high school.
Joe Barksdale: The weightlifting is pretty cool; I like to see the power lifters. I actually have a frat brother who’s on the U.S. power lifting team this year.
Kellen Clemens: Golf and track.
John Carney and Rolf Benirschke Weigh in on Josh Lambo
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 6, 2016 at 1:42pm
It’s safe to say that John Carney and Rolf Benirschke believe Lambo is a worthy successor in the lineage of Bolts’ kickers:
Carney: “Josh had a great rookie year, and he’s come in this year with a real mature attitude. He looks like he’s been in the league for a while with the way he goes about his work, his routine and his focus. I expect Josh to have many, many great seasons here. I’m excited to have him here again in 2016.”
Benirschke: “We have had some great kickers here, and he sure seems to be worthy. Last year he had a great year. He has a strong leg and has consistency. He made some pressure kicks. I just met him for the first time today, and he seems like a great kid who is committed. He’s going to carry on a great tradition.” Read
Melvin Gordon: Kickoff Returner?
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 5, 2016 at 6:56pm
Head Coach Mike McCoy was asked if that is something we might see when the season opens, and weighed in with the following answer:
“We'll see how it goes. I think that's something we're going to discuss over time. I'm not going to say definitely no or definitely yes yet. We'll see. That'll going to be a battle back there. We’ll let a couple guys do it in the preseason, experiment with some things, kind of see where we are and see where it goes from week to week…(Gordon’s) a talented player. He can do that.” Read
Jones Shares Thoughts on NFL Retiring the Hoodie
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 4, 2016 at 5:00pm
NFL players are no longer able to wear undergarments with exposed hoods hanging outside the collar of their jerseys.
As for number 89’s thoughts on this rule change? Let’s just say he’s glad he now plays in a city much warmer than the Midwest.
“They took the hoodie away so I have to retire it! But I’m glad I’m coming to beautiful San Diego where it isn’t cold out here and I don’t have to put it on.”
What Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Coach Tom Crean Learned at Chargers Camp
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 4, 2016 at 1:01pm
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean took in the sights and sounds of this morning’s practice as a guest of General Manager Tom Telesco. The pair has known each other since Telesco’s days working for the Indianapolis Colts.
The Hoosiers boast one of the most famous college programs in the country, and Crean explained the similarities between his practices and the Bolts’:
“My son’s in California for a baseball tournament, so we worked this in to stop in here and see Tom, Mike, (Director of College Scouting) Kevin (Kelly) and the whole group. I like to think we are trying to make our practice at Indiana more like football practices in the sense of intensity, level of detail, technique, energy and enthusiasm. Obviously they are two different sports and two different levels of physicality, but when it comes to the structure of practice, I learned an awful lot (today). The structure of the Chargers program and hope they practice goes hand in hand.”
McCoy Weighs in On Physical Practice
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 3, 2016 at 7:33am
After Dexter McCoil hit Isaiah Burse in the open field, Tyreek Burwell came over to stand up for his teammate. Later, Nick Dzubnar jolted Melvin Gordon on a pass out of the backfield that also led to some words.
Head Coach Mike McCoy was asked about the physical nature of today’s practice during his press conference and weighed in with his opinion:
“It’s a matter of the guys going out there and competing. That’s what we want every day, but we’ve got to be smart against each other and play smart football. This is our team, and we’ve got to take care of one another. But it’s going to be physical. We’ve been preaching that from the offseason through the last couple days in pads. It’s going to be a physical camp.
I just reminded Dexter on the one (hit) just to be smart there. We don’t want that in practice, but I know there is going to be instincts that take over. He was the first guy to go over there and apologize to the receiver. It’s going to happen from time to time. I love the way they are competing. It’s going to be a physical camp, but the most important thing is the health of our team and being smart against one another.” Read
I’ve Never Been Part of a Group of DBs Like This
Posted by Dwight Lowery | August 3, 2016 at 8:45am
My first training camp here with the Chargers has been real positive.
Believe it or not, this is my ninth training camp. My favorite part of training camp each year is seeing the progression of our team building. We are settling in and getting comfortable with each other. It is something special to see.
This year, my favorite part has just been hanging out with the defensive backs in our down time. If you were to follow us around with a camera, you’d probably have a good TV show! There are just so many random funny moments all the time. Those guys like to have a good time, and it really helps going through training camp during the “dog days”.
You may not know this, but we DBs all have a group text message we send back and forth. I’ve never been part of a group of DBs like this one. It shows how close we are. And let me tell you, Brandon Flowers, he’s the funniest one on there. He’s funny and he isn’t even trying to be funny, and that’s the best part about it!
Now my least favorite part is how long the days are. You can say it’s a grind, and if I was younger it wouldn’t mean that much to me, but I am older now so I miss my family. So that is when it is good to have that energy from our group.
Also getting to spend this time with the fans has been great. I love signing those autographs at camp and hearing how they are welcoming me to this city. I didn’t know what to expect, but those encounters have been positive. I’m sure there are some fans out there that remember me from San Jose State when we used to dominate San Diego State! I feel a real connection to being here, and I’m looking forward to going out there and playing how I’m capable of.
Five Things You Need to Know About James Jones
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 2, 2016 at 3:12pm
1. Leader of the Pack – The nine-year veteran is fresh off one of his best campaigns, leading the Green Bay Packers last season in touchdowns (eight), receiving yards (890) and yards per reception (17.8) on 50 catches. He had at least four catches in eight games, and surpassed 90 receiving yards on four occasions.
2. Super Bowl Tested – Jones has proven to be a clutch receiver, evidenced in his strong showing that helped lead the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV. The 6-1, 208-pounder caught five passes for 50 yards in the 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Overall, he’s played in 13 postseason games with six starts, catching 35 passes for 491 yards and four scores.
3. Return to the AFC West – This isn’t Jones’ first time playing in the AFC West. The wideout spent 2014 with the Oakland Raiders, where he set a career-high with 73 receptions. He had two standout games against the Kansas City Chiefs that year, totaling 13 catches for 104 yards and a pair of TDs in two games.
4. Former NFL Touchdown Leader – Jones’ best season came in 2012 when he led the entire NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns. He scored multiple touchdowns in four games that year, including a three TD effort against the Chicago Bears.
5. Familiar Faces – The wideout is joining some familiar faces at Chargers Park. The wide receiver battled against cornerback Casey Hayward each day at practice last year in Green Bay, while he was college teammates with Dwight Lowery a decade ago at San Jose State.
Hayward Tuning in to Bachelorette Finale to Support Former Teammate
Posted by Hayley Elwood | August 1, 2016 at 5:20pm
Chargers CB Casey Hayward played with current Bachelorette finalist Jordan Rodgers at Vanderbilt and said he’s rooting for his former quarterback during the season finale tonight.
“I hope he wins! I played with him for three years, he’s my dude. I played with his brother for four years and he’s my guy, too. Both are good people. I’ll be rooting for him and will tune in for sure being that we get the night off. All my Twitter followers from Vandy, all my Instagram followers from Vandy and some of us (former teammates) even have a group message going. Everybody’s talking about it and will tune in. Any time a fellow Commodore does anything, we’ll support.”
Hunter Henry Putting in Work
Posted by Ricky Henne | August 1, 2016 at 2:31pm
Hunter Henry famously did not have a single drop last season at Arkansas.
The work he put in after practice probably had something to do with it.
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) August 1, 2016
Gordon on Training with Adrian Peterson
Posted by Hayley Elwood | July 31, 2016 at 6:30pm
Gordon called Peterson “super cool” despite being a “big timer” and also discussed some advice the former league MVP shared.
“He told me that when I’m tired, mentally don’t get beat. Don’t let that control you and (determine) the outcome. I just kind of took that to heart and try to imply it when I get tired. Just be stronger mentally and just get through it.”
Ingram Grabs Lucky Fan to Break Down Huddle
Posted by Ricky Henne | July 30, 2016 at 3:58pm
This group huddle ended in a way no one imagined – especially for one lucky fan.
One fan out of the over 2,000 in attendance caught Melvin Ingram’s eye in particular. At the end of McCoy’s speech, Ingram ran over to the young kid in a powder blue Gates jersey, lifted him over the fence and brought him in to break down the team huddle.
Standing in the middle of all his heroes, he led them in a “Chargers on three…one, two, three – CHARGERS!” chant.
It was a moment the young man will never forget. According to Ingram, it’s one the players will remember as well:
“I saw him over there and I wanted to go out there and bring him over. This is what it’s all about. It’s a blessing to be a Charger for fans like that. He did a great job.”
Woodhead Wears Short Shorts
Posted by Hayley Elwood | July 30, 2016 at 2:05pm
Who wears short shorts? Danny Woodhead wears short shorts.
Woodhead is known for making flashy plays, but on the first day of Training Camp, he also made a flashy fashion statement.
“Hey, it’s comfortable and it’s a little bit of a statement. I’m not trying to compete with the other players though!”
Chargers Share Thoughts on Start of Camp
Posted by Hayley Elwood | July 30, 2016 at 8:45am
The first day of training camp means it’s time to get back to football and some of the Chargers players shared their excitement about returning to the field Saturday morning.
Chargers Great to Serve as Coaching Intern
Posted by Ricky Henne | July 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
Now, at 40-years old, Jamal Williams will return to the field with the Bolts at this year's training camp.
Just don't expect him to be lacing up his cleats. Instead of taking on double teams, "Jamal the Wall" will serve as a coaching intern assisting the defensive line.
Williams spent 12 years as a staple in the middle of San Diego’s defense, finishing with 310 tackles, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles over 12 years. He also became a fan favorite for doing the dirty work, gobbling up multiple linemen in order to free up his teammates.
In addition to cementing his place on the team’s 50th Anniversary Team, the nose tackle was a three-time All Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler during his Chargers career.
Be sure to give Williams a big welcome when you see him at Chargers Park, and we’ll have more from him this weekend.
Inside This Year's Team Motto
Posted by Ricky Henne | July 29, 2016 at 10:13am
When you come out to training camp this summer, you are likely to see those three words plastered around Chargers Park.
It's a motto Head Coach Mike McCoy came up with during the offseason program, and he handed each player a shirt with those three words emblazoned across the front. This week, he also had it put up on the hallway as the team leaves the locker room for the practice field.
I asked McCoy why he chose that motto for this season, and here is what he had to say:
“That’s how we want to be known as an organization –hard, tough and together. We are going to work hard every day in everything we do. The weight room, the classroom, on the practice field; we will do everything hard. Talking about the tough part of it, that is being both mentally and physically tough. They go hand in hand, and you have to be both in order to be successful as a team. And we talk about doing all of this together. That is what it means to be a team with a love for one another. You don’t have to be best friends, but you have to love each other in the game and play with one another. There will be battles during camp and on the field, but we have to have a love for one another. We will be a close knit group.”
Welcome to the Lightning Report
Posted by Chargers.com | July 29, 2016 at 8:00am
The start of training camp means the return of the Lightning Report!
Our all-access blog is back to provide complete Chargers coverage throughout 2016.
With numerous quick hit updates every day from embedded team insiders, including posts from the players themselves throughout the week, the Lightning Report is your guide to all things Bolts.