Chargers center Scott Quessenberry motivated by former player, Nick Hardwick - Gavino Borquez
“I’ve always been an o-lineman and played center my whole life. Growing up being a Chargers fan, Hardwick was my favorite player. I also took a poll, and I asked my family and some of my friends, and they all also thought it would be awesome if I wore that number. I’m fired up to honor him and wear 61 on my back, Quessenberry said,” per the Chargers official website.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry ready for spotlight after Antonio Gates’ departure - Gavino Borquez
The Chargers made the decision to cut ties with tight end Antonio Gates last Friday. The move was tough for fans to soak in as Gates has been a favorite among the franchise after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003 out of Kent State. For TE Hunter Henry, he realizes that he will have big shoes to fill taking over for the future Hall of Famer.
C.J. Anderson intriguing option as complementary back for Chargers - Eric Williams
The Chargers drafted Jackson and signed undrafted rookie running back Detrez Johnson out of Western Carolina to compete for a roster spot in the running back room, along with Russell Hansbrough, a holdover from last season.
The Chargers picked up the fifth-year option on Melvin Gordon and the Wisconsin product is viewed as the Bolts' workhorse runner, with Austin Ekeler the third-down and red zone back.
Evaluating the fantasy landing spots of the top-drafted IDP options - Walton Spurlin
James is a “jack of all trades” defensive back who graded out highly in coverage according to PFF College and led Florida State in solo tackles last season with 49. The Chargers have been looking for a complement to play alongside Jahleel Addae and James will step in as the starting free safety. James is excellent in run support so expect Los Angeles to utilize him in the box a bit more than free safeties are generally deployed there. James will likely draw the job of covering the opposing No. 1 tight end, boosting his tackle totals and giving him solid DB3 production with DB2 upside.
How Chargers DC Gus Bradley will use versatile Derwin James - Eric Williams
“We can use him as a linebacker. We can use him as a strong safety, a free safety. We can rush him off the edge. He’s a good tackler in space and an outstanding coverage guy. He’s got a lot of work to do. We’ve got to get him here, teach him our system, get him caught up. But we are very pleased with this pick.”
The league's top third-down receivers and what it means for fantasy - Tyler Loechner
Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins were the targets on about one-third of their team’s third-down pass attempts last year, which was way more than (almost) all other receivers in the league. I was a bit surprised to see Adam Thielen hanging up there with them, as he was targeted on 32 percent of Minnesota’s third-down passes last year.
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