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Mailbag: Rivers' Milestones, Fantasy Football & Home Run Derby

Q:  Can't wait for the season to start! Yeah Antonio Gates might break Tony Gonzalez' record for a tight end, but are there any records our boy Philip might break? -  Matt Leetch

A:   Antonio Gates does have a major milestone within his reach as he is seven touchdowns from tying Tony Gonzalez and eight from passing him for the most career touchdown catches for a tight end in NFL history.  While that is an incredible feat, there are some Rivers' milestones  to watch out for that I think are equally, if not more, impressive.  First and foremost, he is only 1,594 yards from passing Dan Fouts for the most career passing yards in Chargers history.  Rivers currently ranks 14th in NFL history in yards thrown, so he is working his way up that ladder. Already the franchise leader in touchdown passes with 281, he'll need only nine more to move into the NFL's all-time Top-10 and pass Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas.  Number 17 is also only eight regular season wins shy of 100 for his career. Stay tuned later in the week for more on Rivers as we begin our position previews for training camp.

Q:  Which Charger would you take in the first round of a fantasy football draft? – John Nichols

A:   I'm taking Keenan Allen for the same reasons the Bolts rewarded him with a four-year contract extension last month.  As the top wideout for one of the best quarterbacks in the league, KA13 elevated his game to new heights in his much talked about injury shortened 2015 campaign.  If I can only take one Charger that high, he's my pick.

Q:  If the Chargers competed in the Home Run Derby (Monday night) at Petco Park, who would win it?– Alemy Olivera

A:   No one because what Giancarlo Stanton did was unprecedented!  But if it was a competition of just Chargers, my initial thought is D.J. Fluker. I've never seen him swing a baseball bat but, but if he made proper contact, he definitely has the power to hit it out of any part of the park.  After thinking on it more, I'm going to have to go with Danny Woodhead, who has a case for the best overall athlete on the Bolts.  A scratch golfer who also excelled on the hardwood averaging 26 points per game as a senior in high school, I think Woodhead checks all the boxes you'd need in a home run derby – superb hand-eye coordination, raw power and a competitive streak.  Now if we are talking about a softball home run derby, then Jahleel Addae may have a case.  Check out him crushing a home run earlier this week:

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