First Impressions of the First Team Defense - Hayley Elwood
New Chargers Dwight Lowery and Casey Hayward both made their presence known on the first series. Despite giving up a play of 31-yards, Lowery laid a hard hit on Tajae Sharpe to stop his momentum. On 3rd-and-six, Marcus Mariota escaped a tackle and was able to connect with Andre Johnson. However, Casey Hayward immediately met Johnson and tackled him for no gain on the play.
First Impressions of First Team Offense - Ricky Henne
Short sample size or not, the lone drive by the Bolts’ first team offense went as well as the team could have hoped, as the seven-play drive culminated with a 44-yard touchdown catch and run by Melvin Gordon to take a 7-3 lead. Gordon did not have a touchdown over his rookie year, and also rushed the ball three times for 12 yards (4.0 yards per carry).
AFC West Notes: Chargers, Edwards, Broncos - Sam Robinson
Joey Bosa‘s relationship with the Chargers did not include much of a honeymoon, with the sides still at an impasse over offset language and the structure of the No. 3 overall pick’s signing bonus. While some have sided with Bosa given the Chargers’ 21st-century history in dealing with draft picks, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Bosa should be in camp by now. The Bolts make their preseason debut today.
Three takeaways from the Chargers' first preseason game - Annie Heilbrunn
"To me, the preseason is the most over-analyzed 10 [plays] or however many plays," Rivers said earlier this week. "In a real game, you’re going to have 50 plays or more. If these plays on Saturday are really good, that doesn’t mean we’re an awesome team yet. If we’re terrible, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be awesome. It gets over-analyzed because of the small sample size.
Chargers defense struggles in 27-10 preseason loss to Titans - John Gennaro
The bad news from Nashville is that the Chargers’ defense struggled to slow down the Titans’ offense. After the first half, Tennessee’s QBs had completed 80% of their passes (with starter Marcus Mariota finishing the night a perfect 5/5) and their RBs were averaging 10 yards per carry and a touchdown every 9 rushing attempts.