It’s mock draft season, free agency speculation season, and Super Bowl season. The LA Chargers will be involved in a couple of those things, but there’s at least one fairly strong connection between an elite Chargers player and one who is playing in the Super Bowl.
That and more on the links...
“Yeah, definitely. We’re going to be talking,” Nick Bosa said Thursday said of speaking with Joey regarding Mahomes, per a team transcript. “He has pretty good input on these guys. He’s going to give me everything that he could give me and it’s up to me to go use it.”
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: OT BRYAN BULAGA
The Chargers’ offensive line was one of the worst in the NFL in pass-protection last year, ranking 31st in PFF pass-blocking grade. They need fresh veteran faces, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga is the perfect fit. Bulaga has routinely been one of the best right tackles in pass-protection in his career. In each of his full seasons since 2014, Bulaga has ranked among the 10 best right tackles in PFF pass-blocking grade, with three ranking in the top three.
“I have never been in the situation where I was mulling over the thought of [returning],” Brees said. “To me, each one of these contracts, I don’t know how many it’s been with the Saints, I’ve played with them 14 years, it’s not a matter of if it gets done, it’s when. At this stage of my career, it’s not a given that I’m coming back every year, but when that time comes, I’ll always be a Saint.”
OK, so, the most logical move is to stay right where he’s been since 2000. Who better than the best coach of all time to help him become the first QB 43 or older to start more than six games, let alone win? And yet ... rewatching Brady struggle to connect with N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu in gray, chilly Foxborough, I found myself yearning to target Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in the sun. Brady might have to overcome the discomfort of being a bridge QB, given that the Los Angeles Chargers would be smart to protect against Brady’s eventual retirement/ascension to Force Ghost status by also drafting a young prospect.
Melvin Ingram challenges Lamar Jackson at Pro Bowl festivities:
Brady congratulates Eli ... kind of:
Congratulations on your retirement, and a great career Eli! Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn’t won any Super Bowls.— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 24, 2020
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Houston’s Jones entered Senior Bowl week high on PFF’s big board at No. 18, but he may be on his way up even further after an impressive string of practices in Mobile. He showed out in the one-on-one drills at left tackle, right tackle and even guard when called upon, going as far throwing UNC’s Jason Strowbridge to the turf in one of the drills.
Stanley has been a vital part of the Ravens offense and always been a solid pass-blocker, but this season he stepped his game up to a new level and has been performing at a historically impressive level. He finished the season having surrendered just six total pressures across 16 games. Jaguars tackle Cam Robinson only played in 14 games and surrendered six or more pressures in a single game four times.
For the second straight season, the best run-blocking lineman in the NFL was New Orleans Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
Ramczyk has been a dominant force in the run game since the moment he entered the league but took his game to another level this season despite winning this award a season ago as well.
Brown’s bond was set at $100,000 for a felony burglary with battery charge. The total bond for three charges, stemming from an alleged assault of a moving truck driver earlier this week, is $110,000. Brown will be monitored by GPS and be required to release his passport and guns, go through drug and alcohol testing, and get a mental health evaluation.
The Minnesota Vikings are handing offensive coordinator duties to Gary Kubiak, multiple league sources confirmed to ESPN. Kubiak served as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive adviser during the 2019 season.
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