Q: What's the status of WR
A: This has been a popular question ever since I started my mailbag. Vincent is improving, but he doesn’t appear all that close to returning. Still, things are beginning to look up as he was on the field in a jersey with his gloves on while assisting with practice on Wednesday. Typically I see him off to the side or in the trainer’s room getting treatment, so Wednesday marked a move towards improvement. Nonetheless, his rehab has been a slow process and hopefully he starts to practice again within the next few weeks.
Q: I'm really loving all the articles and videos on the site this year. I was wondering who you think is the best interview on the team. Keep up the good work! – Dallas Charles Jr.
A: Thanks for the kind words, Dallas. It really means a lot! I can’t give just one player as there are a bunch of great interviews on this team. To name a few, I’ve really enjoyed the interviews I’ve done with
Q: A little over midway through the season, who would you say is the most improved player on our team this year? – Brianna Jamie
Q: I just finished reading your scouting report. It says TB has the worst pass defense in the league but the best run defense. Will we abandon the run totally and just chuck it all day long? I think that is the best idea. – Nana Boetang
A: You can’t abandon the run all together, but I do expect to see a bit more passing from our offense this week. That’s especially the case if
Q: What grades would you give the rookies in the most recent draft? – Matt Laurie
A: Tough question Matt. The only two we can really evaluate to any degree are
Although he was undrafted, you certainly have to throw
Q: You've been quite off in your "bold predictions" the last two weeks Ricky. I'm scared to ask who you think will go off this week, but I will anyway. – Jackson Murphy
A: Gee, thanks for reminding me Jackson! But I guess that’s why they call them bold predictions and going out on a ledge. This week I’m setting my sights on the defense. I think this is a game where Melvin Ingram really makes his presence felt. I’ll predict one sack and one turnover forced for the rook. That’s my “bold prediction” for this week’s matchup.
Q: Ricky, I read your article on Robert Meachem. Will he have a big game on Sunday? – Judy Davey
A: Thanks for the question Judy. Listening to Meachem speak, it was clear he really feels as though he’s turned a corner. I think he will get fewer opportunities than earlier in the season with Alexander having an increased role, but I have a feeling Meachem will come through with a big play or two this week.
Q: Where do you see the Chargers record at the end of the season? I know before the season started there were some awful, pessimistic predictions, but obviously the team demonstrated they were better than that. I predict we can go 10-6 or better, but what is your prediction? – Esteban Zatarain
A: Seems like a lot of you are asking for my predictions this week! I think yours is a pretty good one, Esteban. When looking at the team’s schedule ahead, I think they will end up 9-7 or 10-6. That being said, in my mind the game this week is crucial for the Chargers. If they can put together a two-game winning streak after dropping three in a row, it sets up a great rematch against the Broncos, who we all know the Bolts can’t wait to face for redemption.