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Chargers Host 28th Annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic - Hayley Elwood
“I think it’s really exciting and they seem to have a good time,” said legendary high school football coach and San Diego High School Sports Association board member John Shacklett. “We provide them with their jersey, hat and sweatshirt with the name and (logo) on it. On Thursday, we started having a dinner before the game where we introduce both teams. It brings up a lot of camaraderie and we’re able to control the game better (while) the kids get to know each other.”

Chargers OT Russell Okung replaces Raiders’ Donald Penn in Pro Bowl - Will Reeve Jr
Okung played extremely well in his first season being tasked with protecting franchise quarterback Philip Rivers in 2017. Meanwhile, Penn suffered a season-ending foot injury that required surgery with Oakland that has left him unavailable for the contest.

Breaking Down the Chargers' 2018 Opponents - Ricky Henne
The Cardinals head to StubHub Center with a new head coach and quarterback as Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer each retired following the 2017 campaign. However, they’ll get a big boost by the return of David Johnson after the Pro Bowl running back spent virtually the entire season on the Reserve/Injured list. While Arizona won the most recent meeting in 2014, the Chargers have a two-game winning streak against them at home.

Arizona Cardinals hire Steve Wilks as new head coach - Shane Dale
Wilks took on the same role with the Chargers and eventually the Panthers, where he has coached since 2012. He became Carolina's assistant head coach in 2015 and defensive coordinator last year. Wilks also interviewed for the head coaching job with the Tennessee Titans, and was a candidate for the Los Angeles' Rams head coach opening last year.

Austin Ekeler gears up for bigger fantasy role in 2018 - Rita Baldwin
Ekeler is an appealing rusher, especially in PPR leagues. He should see a lot more action in 2018, which gives his fantasy stock a big boost. He is still working behind an excellent RB in Gordon, though. Ekeler will likely fall to the ninth or 10th round of the draft next year. He is a solid RB3 with upsides going into next season.

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