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.
The Wisconsin product created his second explosive play of the preseason, a 39-yard touchdown run set up by a great audible by quarterback Philip Rivers in a 23-10 loss on the road to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
“I liked the big touchdown run from Mel,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “That was great for him, and a great check by Philip against the pressure there.”
Gordon finished with four carries for 51 rushing yards on the day. He also scored on a 44-yard touchdown reception from Rivers in the first exhibition game, and continued to play with more confidence on the field. The Bolts reportedly lost RB Branden Oliver for the season with a torn Achilles in Sunday's game, so the team will need Gordon even more now. With really only Danny Woodhead the other threat at RB, San Diego may need to add at the position.
The Chargers announced it was an Achilles injury for Oliver and he won't return to the game. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed, the running back tore his Achilles and will miss the season.
Oliver was looking like the backup to Melvin Gordon with Danny Woodhead the third down and pass-catching specialist. Dreamius Smith and Derek Watt are next up on the Chargers depth chart so it's not out of the question the team looks to add at this position for some insurance behind Gordon.
Expect Darren Sproles to be featured in the passing game this season. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said that every week during game planning meetings, they will ask, "How can we get this guy the football?"
"Sproles is the original, right?" Reich said. "He's the original guy. He's the prototype. Right from the start, I remember coming in some of the immediate talk was the excitement of how we get to use a guy like Darren Sproles. . . . In Doug's offense, they've done that in the past. We'll continue to mix in some other things that we've all done, that our staff has done to kind of isolate backs and get good matchups."
As the article mentioned, Reich's history with Danny Woodhead shows that he knows how to get a pass-catching back the football. After Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, the Eagles are looking for playmakers in the passing game, and Sproles can certainly help in that area. He has finished in the top 30 in seven straight seasons in PPR formats.
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5:46pm
The Chargers have a great tight end, and drafted one for the future. But they’re not as deep at the position as they were a day ago.
According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Cumberland suffered a torn Achilles in last night’s game against the Cardinals, which will knock him out for the season.
Cumberland also suffered a torn Achilles in 2011 when he was with the Jets.
Steelers tight end Ladarius Green on Saturday denied rumors that he's dealing with recurring headaches and reiterated it is his surgically repaired ankle is what is keeping him on the physically unable to perform list.
Speaking for the first time since a NFL Network report Aug. 11 said he was suffering headaches possibly stemming from a pair of concussions during a two-week span last year while playing for the Chargers, Green said he was surprised when he heard about having recurring headaches.
“I don't know what reports those are,” Green said. “I am still on PUP because of my ankle.”
Follow-up reports claimed the Steelers could ultimately release Green, and even Green was contemplating retirement. Hopefully the headache reports are indeed false. Still, Green has missed a big part of camp. He could be a big weapon in the middle of the field for Ben Roethlisberger if he can get healthy.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a minor MCL issue, coach Bruce Arians told reporters after Friday’s preseason game against the Chargers. Fitzgerald played in the Week 1 preseason game against the Raiders.
The story went on to say the injury is not serious, although there were no other details. Fitzgerald has 22 days until the regular-season opener against the Patriots. But he should be good to go come Week 1, at least according to the story.