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Players with better grades than fantasy outlooks - Daniel Kelley
Rivers just put up his best overall PFF grade since 2010, improving his grade by 10 point over 2018 and 20 over 2016. He would have been a bona fide MVP candidate in a year that hadn’t included the Patrick Mahomes/Drew Brees years. He equaled his best passer rating, threw for his third-most touchdowns, and put up his best yards per attempt since that 2010 season. Despite that, Rivers finished only 14th in fantasy points, and although he was within 20 points of seventh place, our rankers have him barely inside the top-20 for 2019.

The NFL's prototypical defensive backs for each secondary position heading into 2019 - Mark Chichester
Hayward possesses an almost unique combination of instinct, athleticism and playmaking ability — all of which are vital components to his success in this role. Throughout his career, Hayward has earned an elite 90.6 coverage grade from his snaps in an off-man coverage shell — 15th among the 151 cornerbacks in the PFF era (2006 – present) with at least 1000 such snaps — and he’s allowed 110 receptions from 187 career targets for 1,491 yards, just three touchdowns and seven interceptions in the process. His 15.5% forced incompletion percentage ranks second among all cornerbacks in the PFF era with at least 100 targets in off-man coverage, and his 74.1 passer rating allowed on such targets ranks tied for 16th among the same group.

4 Chargers who could break out in 2019 - Gavino Borquez (slide show)
Despite only playing a little over 25 percent of the snaps as a rookie, Nwosu was a force as an extra pass-rusher. He amassed 27 tackles and 3.5 sacks during the regular season. In the postseason, Nwosu added seven tackles and a critical strip sack on quarterback Lamar Jackson in the AFC Wild Card game.

Chargers' Denzel Perryman -- aka 'Baby thump' -- sheds weight in return - Eric D. Williams
"I don't know if you all knew that," said a smiling Phillips, when asked about Perryman's nickname. "Seeing him back on the field and running around, he looks a lot better.

"A lot of guys, when they get hurt, they blow up [in weight]. He actually went the other way. He trimmed down a lot because he knows he has to be able to run with everything."

Los Angeles Chargers undrafted rookie spotlight: Matt Sokol - Travis Wakeman
For Sokol to make the team, he will likely need to show something that he didn’t in college. He will need to be able to make tough, contested catches and show that he can hold up as a blocker at the professional level.

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