Signature Stats: YPRR - Tight Ends - Michael Renner
The Bottom 10 is littered with blocking or No. 2 tight ends, as only Antonio Gates and Rob Housler ran routes on more than half of their snaps.
Signature Stats: YPRR - Running Backs - Michael Renner
Ronnie Brown was the consummate third-down back this season, and joined Sproles as the only two backs to have more targets than carries. Philip Rivers was in love with the check down all year and targeted Brown on 25.7% of his routes (teammate Ryan Mathews was targeted on 30.1%, the highest in the league).
Signature Stats: First Downs Allowed - Cornerbacks - Khaled Elsayed
It’s a relatively simple concept. We wanted to see which cornerbacks not only gave up the most first downs or touchdowns, but also who gave up the most relative to how often they’re in coverage. After all, someone in coverage for 500 snaps is infinitely more likely to give up results to the offense than a player in coverage for 300.
Ranking the 2012 Offensive Lines - Khaled Elsayed
He wasn’t perfect, but next to the rest of the guys on the line Louis Vasquez (+12.7) looked like a million bucks. That said, you’d still like to see him doing a better job in the run game.
Eric Fisher's week affects Chargers - Bill Williamson
Teams wanted to see the massive Fisher perform against top competition, and the 6-foot-7, 305-pounder hasn't disappointed. That could work against the Chargers, though. With some top prospects at the position opting to go back to school, the left tackle class is not that deep at the top of the draft. Thus, because he had a good week of practice, Fisher could become a top-10 pick.
AFC West mock draft: Take II - Bill Williamson
OT, Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: Johnson had a great week at the Senior Bowl. If he continues to have a good draft season, he will be very worthy of the No. 11 pick. Left tackle is the Chargers’ greatest need. There isn’t a ton of top level left tackle talent this year. Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher also had a great week at the Senior Bowl, but he may be off the board when the Chargers pick. Johnson could be a fine consolation prize.
Chargers add to coaching staff - Bill Williamson
The Chargers continued to fill out Mike McCoy's new coaching staff. They have hired Craig Aukerman as assistant special teams coach, Andrew Dees as assistant offensive line coach, Chad Grimm and Nick Sirianni as quality control coaches and Byron Storer as defensive assistant-linebackers coach. Sirianni was the Chiefs’ receivers coach last season. Grimm is the son of Hall of Famer Russ Grimm.