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Happy Friday, ya’ll!

Did any of you get the chance to watch Derwin James last night in the Madden 20 Chairty Tournament? It was electric. And although none it really matters for actual football, it was beautiful to see him drop 52 points on the ChiefsTyreek Hill in the championship round. It was an embarrassment. The fact he did it after promising some “little kid” that he would score at least 50 points makes it all the more sweeter.

I’ll have a write-up on it later if you didn’t get a chance to see it live!

Enjoy the links and have a great weekend, everyone.

Video: Derwin James Fulfills Promise to Fan, Drops 52 on Tyreek Hill in Madden

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2884835-video-derwin-james-fulfills-promise-to-fan-drops-52-on-tyreek-hill-in-madden

“Derwin James’ case as the NFL’s best Madden player was solid enough that he took on side challenges in The Checkdown’s Madden 20 Tournament.”

Chargers have video meeting with Utah DT Leki Fotu

https://chargerswire.usatoday.com/2020/04/02/chargers-have-video-meeting-with-utah-dt-leki-fotu/

“The Chargers let go of a key player along the defensive line earlier on, electing to release Brandon Mebane. To fill the void, they signed Linval Joseph last month.”

4 Chargers takeaways following free agency and ahead of NFL draft

https://chargerswire.usatoday.com/2020/04/02/4-chargers-takeaways-following-free-agency-and-ahead-of-nfl-draft/

“Los Angeles made some aggressive moves in the first week of the new league year, which will likely have an impact on their game-plan later this month as they continue to build the roster.”

LA Chargers: Full 2020 mock draft with Isaiah Simmons and Jordan Love

https://boltbeat.com/2020/04/02/la-chargers-mock-draft-isaiah-simmons-jordan-love/

“The one thing we know for certain is that the team is probably going to select a quarterback, although it might not come with the sixth overall pick. With Tyrod Taylor slated to start and the possibility of Cam Newton, the Chargers, as they have done before, could simply take the best available with the sixth overall pick.”

Los Angeles Chargers: 2012 NFL Draft Retrospective

https://boltbeat.com/2020/04/02/los-angeles-chargers-2012-nfl-draft-retrospective/

“The 2020 NFL Draft is an important one for the Los Angeles Chargers as the team is likely going to select the franchise quarterback of the future. That rookie quarterback may not have an impact on the 2020 season, but making a good selection versus a bad selection can improve the next decade and a half for the Chargers.”

Every NFL Team’s Best 1st-Round Draft Pick of the Past Decade

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2884132-every-nfl-teams-best-1st-round-draft-pick-of-the-past-decade

“It’s happened without much fanfare, but under the guidance of general manager Tom Telesco, the Los Angeles Chargers have quietly had great success with picking the right first-rounders. Of the team’s 10 such selections over the last decade, six have been to at least one Pro Bowl. Two more (defensive tackle Corey Liuget and wide receiver Mike Williams) are or were quality starters.”

Chargers’ Anthony Lynn Avoids Cam Newton Question: ‘We’re Looking at Everybody’

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2884546-chargers-anthony-lynn-avoids-cam-newton-question-were-looking-at-everybody

“NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on March 18 that the Chargers were intent on “moving forward with Tyrod Taylor for 2020” rather than signing or trading for a veteran quarterback, such as Newton.”

Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn Keeps Door Open for Cam Newton Addition

https://www.si.com/nfl/chargers/news/chargers-cam-newton-anthony-lynn-door-open

“Obviously, I brought [Taylor] in last year, and I knew if we needed him to start if something happened to Phil that he could go in,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. “I’m very familiar with Tyrod. I would say right now he’s in the driver’s seat. But no position is finalized until we get to training camp.”

Chargers Still Matched with Justin Herbert Despite Dolphins Rumors

https://www.si.com/nfl/chargers/news/chargers-justin-herbert-tua-tagovailoa-2020-nfl-draft

“While Herbert remains the pick for the Chargers at No. 6, the team might have to consider trading up to land him come the actual draft on April 23. If the Dolphins indeed prefer him to Tagovailoa, they currently stand in pole position to take him at the No. 5 pick and have more draft capital with which to trade up if it looks like Los Angeles or another team might jump them.”

Watt eager for fresh start, family reunion in Pittsburgh

https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/watt-eager-for-fresh-start-family-reunion-in-pittsburgh-032620?itm_source=parsely-api

“It may be one of the few respites the two get from each other after Derek signed a three-year deal to join T.J. in Pittsburgh. While Derek admits the chance to share the same locker room with T.J. — something the two did in both high school and in college at Wisconsin — played a factor in his decision to head east after four years with the Chargers‘ organization, it wasn’t the main reason the fullback chose the Steelers over a handful of other interested teams.”