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NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sitting pretty in ESPN’s FPI rankings - Gavino Borquez
They see Los Angeles as having the highest odds to win the AFC West. The Chiefs have a 33 percent chance. The Raiders have a 20 percent chance, and the Broncos are looking outside in at 10 percent.

Ex-Chargers RB Michael Turner inducted into MAC Hall of Fame - Will Reeve Jr
While with the Chargers Turner once again displayed his surprising speed for a man of his size at 5-foot-10 and 237 pounds en route to amassing 1,257 rushing yards on 5.5 yards per carry with six touchdowns while playing second fiddle to Pro Football Hall of Fame RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

What the Chargers' offense will look like without Hunter Henry - Eric Williams
"It's going to be harder without him, but let me be clear: We'll adapt and move on," Telesco said. "Chargers fans should be very comfortable with the fact of Anthony Lynn as the head coach and Ken Whisenhunt as the offensive coordinator. They're both very smart, very adaptable coaches. And we'll find a way. It may be a different way than we mapped out initially, but we'll find a way."

Metrics that Matter: Quarterbacks' target tendencies - Scott Barrett
Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco were slight surprises, but both have benefited from some terrific pass-catching running backs throughout their respective careers (LaDanian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles, Ray Rice, and they’ve both had Danny Woodhead). Melvin Gordon ranked seventh among running backs in targets last year (76) and should again see heavy target totals this year – and especially now with Hunter Henry out of the picture.

The top eight slot cornerbacks for 2018 - Eric Eager
King is a solid contributor on a Chargers defense that could be one of the league’s best in 2018. Picked in the fifth round out of Iowa in 2017, King was a player who played enough in the slot in college to project there as a pro, and did not skip a beat once it was time to translate those skills in Los Angeles. He was terrific in coverage (less than a yard per coverage snap allowed from the slot), as a blitzer (second among cornerbacks in pass-rush productivity) and in run support (third in run-stop percentage).

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