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The bell cow report: The running backs with the highest fantasy stock based on workload - Scott Barrett
Gordon has ranked fifth, sixth, and fifth among running backs in fantasy points per game over the past three seasons. However, he wasn’t as much of a bell cow last year as he was in 2017. Austin Ekeler saw a more robust workload last year, and given Ekeler’s efficiency (he was PFF’s sixth-highest-graded running back last year) and Gordon’s injury history, I do expect that trend to continue. I’d bet Gordon still finishes as a fantasy RB1 and as a bell cow, but a tier below most of the other bell cows we’ve already discussed.

Chargers' Bosa switching to family jersey No. 97 - Eric D Williams
"They told me it would be $500,000 if I wanted to do it last year," Bosa said. "So I was like, 'Eh, I think I can wait one more year.' The free change was much better than that."

NFL offseason agendas: Barnwell's to-do lists for all 16 AFC teams - Bill Barnwell
I laid out the argument in February for moving on from Gordon after this season, and while Le'Veon Bell didn't end up breaking the running back bank in free agency, Gordon is still likely to attract a David Johnson-sized deal. That's not good value for the Chargers. If Gordon has a career year, the Chargers can happily franchise their former first-round pick and work on an extension next offseason. Right now, they're probably better served exploring an early deal with Joey Bosa.

Chargers’ eight best 2019 offseason decisions thus far - Tyler Schoon (slide show)
The Chargers have not been the busiest team this offseason, but have been active enough to improve their previously 12-4 roster. Whether through free agency or the draft, additions or departures, or just a great non-football move, the Chargers have made a number of good decisions. Here are their eight best thus far…

15 rookies from the 2019 NFL draft who landed with the perfect teams - Matt Bowen (insider)
Adderley to L.A. is one of my favorite picks of the draft given coordinator Gus Bradley's defensive scheme and how often his defense runs dime personnel. The Chargers had six defensive backs on the field for a league-high 584 snaps last season, a whopping 199 more snaps than the No. 2 team (Green Bay). That means Adderley has a chance to make an immediate impact.

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