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LA Gear pops up to challenge trademarks of Rams, Chargers - Darren Rovell
LA Gear, most famous for its light-up sneakers 25 years ago and endorsed by the likes of James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Joe Montana, is asserting that trademark filings for "LA Rams" and "LA Chargers" are too similar to LA Gear because the trademarks share "LA."

Ryan Mathews: Life After Football - Sharon Annie Heilbrunn (video)
Former first-round NFL running back Ryan Mathews is coaching at El Capitan High School, living on a 20-acre ranch and raising his son, Royce. He sits down with Annie to talk about life after football, depression, his time with the Chargers and Eagles and more.

Sneaky strengths for all 32 NFL teams - Aaron Schatz (insider)
Los Angeles had the league's best red zone defense according to DVOA, 43.5 percent more efficient than the league average. The Chargers allowed just 1.88 yards per play in the red zone, more than 1 yard per play below the NFL average, and allowed a touchdown on just 36.1 percent of red zone drives.

Mike Williams emerging as red zone target ... and fantasy value - Eric Williams
"For Mike, it's going to be day-in and day-out, how consistent can he be?" Rivers said. "We've seen flashes and the big plays, but can he do it every day? He's pretty much shown us that. He's out here every day, and you just see him working and pushing through."

The NFL's 50 most fascinating people: Players, coaches, GMs to watch in 2018 - Bill Barnwell
The Chargers improved from 31st in adjusted games lost in 2016 to 16th last season, a move that coincided with the ascension of Mitchell into the role as head trainer. Correlation isn't always causation, and the Chargers are already down several would-be contributors with Hunter Henry, Jason Verrett and Jaylen Watkins all out for the year, but Mitchell is on this list as a reminder of what the Chargers need to do to thrive in 2018.

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