Wrong. Gordon had just six touches for 19 yards in the second half. Instead of using run-heavy formations and forcing the Chiefs to stop an effective Gordon, the Chargers tried to spread the field, running shotgun on 28 of 39 plays in the second half.
Asked why the Chargers went away from what they executed in the first half, right tackle Joe Barksdale wisely said: "I’m going to pass on that one."
Gordon played a total of 23 snaps, while change-of-pace back Danny Woodhead totaled 50. For the game, Chargers ran 49 of 73 plays from shotgun. The story speculated maybe the team was bringing back Gordon slowly, or perhaps remember his six fumbles from a year ago. With WR Keenan Allen likely lost for the season, it looks like the team may have to rely on Gordon and the run game a little more.
Technically, Allen could still end up getting the return designation, under the new rule that allows a team to declare after a player has been on injured reserve for six weeks that he will return. But from all indications the injury was season-ending.
Chiefs RB Spencer Ware had seven catches for 129 yards against the Chargers. Combined with his 6.4-yards-per-carry average on Sunday, that type of versatility will make him difficult for the Chiefs to bump from the lineup, even when Jamaal Charles returns.
“He brings a lot of energy and he’s an emotional player,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “He has a knack for making plays when you need them.’’
This was a concern for Charles owners even before Week 1. With the team having two proven NFL backs in Ware and Charcandrick West in the fold behind Charles, it seems unlikely the team will go back to giving Charles a huge workload every week coming off an injury even when he's healthy.
Speed receiver Travis Benjamin is the most likely candidate to get a bump in targets because of his past production in the league. Not only can Philip Rivers target Benjamin on vertical routes, but he also should get some looks on screens and crossing routes where he can use his quickness and speed.
Dontrelle Inman is a veteran who’s been in San Diego’s system for three seasons, earning the trust of Rivers.
Like Allen, at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Williams is a big-bodied receiver with good speed and lateral quickness who offers a big target for Rivers, the story said. Williams got a lot of positive press throughout camp and one has to figure he'll be next up to get a chance. He seems worth a claim off the wire if you're looking for help at the position.
Based on initial tests, Allen suffered a suspected torn ACL during the second quarter of the game, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Allen was down on the field in pain before being carted off the field. The team confirmed that he suffered a right knee injury.
It's a huge blow to the Chargers offense and QB Philip Rivers takes a bit of a hit to his fantasy value. The Chargers may have to turn to the run a little more going forward, especially with Melvin Gordon looking good in Week 1. But Tyrell Williams finished with 2 catches for 71 yards and drew a lot of positive press this summer. He's a name to watch for as a guy to get more snaps and targets, likely on the outside with Dontrelle Inman remaining in the slot. Travis Benjamin moves to the WR1 spot.
Allen was making a cut toward the sideline on a passing route when he went down. He ripped off his helmet as trainers began tending to him, and was helped into the back of a cart and taken off the field.
There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury. Allen, who missed the last eight games a year ago with a lacerated kidney, had six catches for 63 yards before he was hurt. If serious, it would obviously be huge blow to the Chargers offense as well as QB Philip Rivers. We'll continue to follow.
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, doubtful) took limited practice reps all week and is doubtful for Week 1. 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/passing down back. (We’re not too worried about the fact that West was listed ahead of Ware on a recent depth chart.) In two games against the Chargers last year, Ware averaged 7.62 YPC, racking up 148 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (not injury related) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Allen was just getting a veteran’s day off. He’ll be good to go for the Chiefs.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. 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.
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.