NEW ORLEANS: Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Jackson's departure leads to new age for Chargers passing game - Jim Trotter
Instead of being a spoke in a team's passing wheel, Meachem is as close to being the hub as at any point in his career. He is being asked to fill the No. 1 role that was vacated when Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay. When he thinks about what awaits him, the Tulsa native with a slow, easy country drawl can't help but smile.
Ailing Chargers fan gets a boost - Dan McLellan
Finally, Jake locked eyes with QB Philip Rivers, and with a big smile he waved his hand to say hello. Jake hasn't had much to smile about lately. On April 13, Jake was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an extremely rare tumor located in the middle of the brain stem. Doctors have given Jake 9-to-11 months to live. "He loves the Chargers," his mother Deanna said while trying to hold back tears. "He was born in San Diego so we are big fans." After practice, Rivers walked directly up to Jake and introduced himself. Rivers then took Jake into the team's closed locker room and spent several minutes showing Jake around. "I wanted to see what it is like to experience football," Jake said afterwards with a smile.
Chargers to host Banks for tryout - Michael Gehlken & Kevin Acee
"I feel more appreciative for the opportunity than I feel deserving," Banks said to reporters Thursday in Seattle. "I'm honored to have all of these people — all these coaches and different teams — give me this opportunity, not even seeing me play in so long.
Floyd lends helping hands - Rob Terranova
"Malcom has been great," Royal said of his new teammate. "He's the guy that's been around here the longest out of our group, and he's done a great job of helping all of us new guys out with the little ins and outs of the offense.
Butler learned his lessons well - Scott Bair
"It's clear that he's comfortable in the system," Spikes said. "His knowledge and the confidence in the system is key, but the most important thing is his health. His speed and quickness between last year and now is night and day. I've dealt an Achilles injury myself and I know how long it takes until your fully back. You may play beforehand, but it takes 12-15 months to truly be yourself again."
Raiders should say no to Ochocinco - Bill Williamson
I think the no-go on Ochocinco has to apply in Denver, Kansas City and San Diego too. All three of those teams are fine at receiver and if they want to add someone, there are better options with less baggage.
Bigby could be the strong safety the Chargers have been missing - Mike Florio
Once a promising young defensive back for the Packers, injuries derailed Atari Bigby’s career in Green Bay, forcing him after the 2011 lockout to take what he could get on the open market — a part-time gig with the Seahawks. Now, he has a chance to become a full-time starter again.