Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm
Darren Sproles figures to earn the two-year, $8 million contract extension the Eagles gave him. How can he expand his role, which saw him record 55 catches out of the backfield in 2015? Check out the red-zone creativity, not unlike what first-year Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich did with Danny Woodhead in San Diego. Woodhead had eight catches in 2015 under Reich and was a primary outlet in the red zone for Philip Rivers. Sproles could get similar treatment in Philadelphia with rookie Carson Wentz.
We've been discussing the Sproles/Woodhead comparison since the Eagles said a few weeks ago that they were scheming ways to get Sproles the ball. Last year, under Reich, Woodhead led all running backs in red zone targets (17). Sproles is shaping up as an excellent value in the late rounds, especially in PPR formats.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Andy Reid called it a “stretch” for Charles to play this week, so we’re currently expecting Spencer Ware to carry the load with Charcandrick West serving as the change-of-pace back. In two games against the Chargers last year, Ware averaged 7.62 YPC, racking up 148 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
“I think it’s a stretch for him to play Sunday," Reid said. “We’ll see how it goes."
Charles only recently returned to practice after missing much of last season because of a torn ACL. But Charles has yet to regain the featured back role he had before the injury. He did not play in any of the four preseason games.
This has been brewing for at least a week when reports came out that Charles was behind schedule. Spencer Ware has been taking most of the starter’s snaps in his place. Ware’s physical running style played well against the Chargers last year. He had 148 rushing yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns in the two games against San Diego. Charcandrick West would also be in line for touches but is also recently back from injury. Knile Davis could also be a factor.
Andre Williams is heading to San Diego.
San Diego has the No. 3 in the NFL waiver claim order, and early reports indicated at least one more team - the Detroit Lions - also placed a claim for Williams.
Tyrell Williams should get plenty of opportunities and targets as San Diego’s No. 3 receiver.
The Chargers ran three-receiver sets 73 percent of the time in 2015 -- No. 7 in the NFL.
With the return of Ken Whisenhunt as the team’s offensive coordinator, San Diego probably won’t be in three-wide that often. However, Williams should also be on the field at times when the Chargers go with just two receivers.
The second-year pro also has developed a good rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers. Williams finished with seven catches for 83 yards during preseason play, so the Chargers were trying to get him the football.
We've been hearing Williams' name a lot in Chargers news this summer, even before Stevie Johnson went down for the year. Williams is a unique player. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Williams has the short-area quickness and explosive burst of a smaller guy, yet can win contested catches and bring down balls in the middle of the field as a bigger target, the story said. It added that he could be a vertical deep threat.
Four’s a crowd at running back for the Chiefs, but keep in mind the Chiefs aren’t confident Jamaal Charles will be ready to play when the regular season begins on Sept. 11 against the San Diego Chargers.
Charcandrick West also didn’t play the final three games because of an injured elbow, though it appears he will be ready to go against the Chargers. Still, the Chiefs might need Knile Davis against the Chargers, and perhaps beyond.
Davis dropped on the depth chart last year when Charles went down paving the way for Spencer Ware, who should see a bulk of the work of Charles can't go. But Davis could have a role especially with West coming back from an injury. Ware still seems to be the back to own if Charles can't go, however.
Charger RB Melvin Gordon looked better running the football during the preseason. But now that the San Diego Chargers' season opener beckons against the Kansas City Chiefs, will that effort translate to the regular season?
Yes, it’s a small sample size, but Gordon averaged a robust 6.2 yards per carry during exhibition play, including a 39-yard run for a score.
During the regular season of his rookie year, Gordon averaged just 3.5 yards per carry -- which put him at No. 29 (second-to-last) among rookie running backs all-time with at least 67 carries, the story said. Gordon is looking like a nice option to target for those using the Zero-RB strategy. Of course, Danny Woodhead is expected to be a big part of the offense as well, but mostly in the passing game.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 5:31pm
A sixth-round selection in the 2014 draft, Mettenberger finished 0-10 as a starter in Tennessee and did not play in the past two preseason games for San Diego.
In his only preseason action, Mettenberger completed 2 of 8 passes for 22 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception against the Titans.
Chargers undrafted running back Kenneth Farrow has made some noise of his own.
“I really liked the way he ran the ball against Tennessee,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said this week of the rookie's outing Aug. 13.
McCoy praised Farrow’s “physical” and "downhill" style.
The stakes will rise for the University of Houston alumnus on Thursday. No. 3 running back Branden Oliver sustained a season-ending injury last Sunday, and Farrow is seen as a potential replacement despite having missed the past two exhibitions.
Farrow, who was joined in the competition Monday by Atlanta Falcons castoff Gus Johnson, will work in his second NFL exhibition. Versus the Titans, he rushed 16 times for 60 yards (3.8 per carry) and caught two passes for 25 yards. If Farrow gets the job, he's a Melvin Gordon injury away from possible significant carries so this is a name, and a camp competition, to watch as we head closer toward the season.
Running back Carlos Hyde, who sustained a concussion Friday night in the 49ers’ exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers, has cleared his baseline level of signs and symptoms and has started non-football activity.
Hyde will not play Thursday night in the 49ers’ exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers, but he appears to be on pace to return to practice next week for the 49ers’ regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Sept. 12.
Hyde, and all players returning from a concussion, must remain symptom-free after light aerobic exercise, strength training , football-specific activities and full clearance to return to practice. Hyde was on a side field on Tuesday going through non-football activity, the story said. Keep in mind this is a Monday night game so Hyde's status hopefully isn't in question leading up to the game.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:48pm
Unfortunately, that bid never began.
The receiver-returner injured his knee on July 30, the first day of training camp, while participating in what should've been a rudimentary punt return drill. Instead, he suffered a non-contact knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery last week, sources said. Herndon was waived-injured Tuesday, part of a cluster of roster moves the Chargers made when cutting from a 90- to 75-man roster by the NFL's 1 p.m. PT deadline.
Herndon will default to injured reserve upon clearing waivers Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 12:40pm
James Jones had a big year in Green Bay in 2015, But Jones could not recreate his summer magic in San Diego, and struggled to pick up the playbook, according to reports.
Jones very well may have something left in the tank. But there is not a huge market for 32-year-old No. 3/No. 4 wide receivers who lack elite speed and don't play special teams.
The story said Jones may need to sit home for a few weeks and wait for an injury to hit somewhere before he gets another chance. As for the Bolts, it could mean good news for Tyrell Williams or Dontrelle Inman. Previous reports said Keenan Allen could play the slot which would put Williams on the outside, while Inman is more of a slot receiver which could keep Allen on the outside.
Monday, August 29, 2016, 4:45pm
A month-long ordeal ended Monday, when San Diego Chargers rookie first-round selection Joey Bosa signed a four-year deal with the team.
Joey Bosa and the Chargers were finally able to agree to a contract, but how will his holdout affect his production? Football Outsiders analyzes the true impact of top talents sitting out camp.
Scheduled to report on July 29, Bosa remained unsigned for 31 days before coming to an agreement.
Bosa is at Chargers Park and will practice on Tuesday, but a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Ohio State product will not play in San Diego's final preseason game on Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers.