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Chargers begin volunteer workouts amid uncertainty

April 20, 2015 News No Comments

 

The Chargers began their volunteer workout program Monday, but it’s far from business as usual these days in San Diego.

As UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlkin notes, the Bolts are wrestling with two major off-field issues. Their franchise quarterback — who’s in the last year of his contract — is not interested in signing an extension at this point. The team could also be relocating to Los Angeles after this season if progress isn’t made towards receiving a new stadium in the San Diego area.

Members of the Chargers brass have been busy getting out in front of both matters in question.

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For Redskins, drafting a WR saves dollars and makes sense

 

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has a simple draft philosophy.

“You draft the best available football player on the board,” McCloughan said at his introductory press conference in January. “You know people say, ‘Well, if you have this and this, why would you do that?’ Because, you know, in the long run, they are the ones who will help you win the most games.”

Depending on the looks of McCloughan’s draft board, that philosophy could soon be tested when at least one of the top two wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft — Alabama’s Amari Cooper and West Virginia’s Kevin White — are available when the Redskins select at No. 5 overall.

For a team that’s won just seven games in two seasons, it may seem foolish to draft a first-round receiver when DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed are currently on the roster and so many other needs exist.

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Brett Hundley back to L.A. in ’16?

April 18, 2015 News No Comments

 

Brett Hundley could be calling the Rose Bowl his home again — in 2016.

The former UCLA quarterback worked out for the San Diego Chargers in Los Angeles on Wednesday and plans to do the same for the St. Louis Rams before the draft, per the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Jim Thomas. Hundley has also worked out for the Arizona CardinalsNew York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, among others.

Just a year ago, Hundley was widely-viewed as a high first-round draft pick. But when he returned to UCLA in 2014, Hundley produced film that’s led to legitimate questions about how his game will translate to the NFL.

Scouts are skeptical of Hundley’s ability to stand in the pocket, read coverages and fire. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein notes that Hundley is  “slow getting through progressions, taking 125 sacks in three years” and that his “internal clock is a mess.”

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Chargers, Rams work out Marcus Mariota

April 18, 2015 News No Comments

 

Two NFL teams linked to Los Angeles in 2016 went duck hunting this week.

Per UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlken, the San Diego Chargers conducted a private workout with quarterback Marcus Mariota in Eugene, OR on Tuesday. Two days later, the St. Louis Rams were in town to work out the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer.

The Chargers hold the 17th overall pick in this month’s NFL draft. With no commitment from Philip Rivers beyond this season — only apprehension about potentially playing in L.A. — the organization must seriously consider drafting a quarterback. The last thing the Chargers want is to move the franchise without a bonafide signal-caller on the roster in ’16.

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Philip Rivers not keen on playing in Los Angeles

March 18, 2015 News No Comments

 

Don’t count on Philip Rivers taking a snap as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Rivers told U-T San Diego’s Kevin Acee he plans to play out the remainder of his contract in San Diego, which runs through this upcoming season. As for one of the reasons Rivers doesn’t want to commit beyond 2015: the Chargers’ potential move to Los Angeles.

“What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate,” Rivers said. “It’s hard to up and recreate that. I know that moves are part of life. But that certainly is fair to say that (not being sold on moving to Los Angeles) is part of it. The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles.”

This isn’t surprising to read. Los Angeles is currently viewed as public enemy number one in the eyes of Bolts fans in San Diego, a place where Rivers has spent his entire 11-year career. There’s a sense of loyalty Rivers has to the city, the fans and most importantly, his family.

Bolo ties may not be popular in L.A., but fierce competitors are. Perhaps Rivers will have a change of heart if rampant speculation becomes reality.

 

Player information courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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