2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
San Diego Chargers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Chargers got back to their winning ways last season and should have another solid team this year. Remember, they had a ton of injuries last year but still managed to go 9-7 and make the playoffs. They are healthy for the start of this year and could improve on last year. The defense is getting better and better, and the offense remains potent with a lot of solid offensive weapons. The Chargers will be a tough weekly opponent that should challenge for a playoff spot once again.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Ladarius Green is ready to take over the starting duties from Antonio Gates at tight end. Green might split work with Gates this season but should get more playing time than ever before. And the Chargers will run a lot of two tight-end sets to get Green heavily involved in the passing game. He is going to get a lot of targets this season. Green has big-play potential at tight end and is a matchup nightmare for the opposition. He is ready to take his game to a new level.
FANTASY DUD
With Green emerging at tight end, Antonio Gates is on his way out. He looked a step slow last season and has battled a ton of injuries through the year. You have to wonder how much Gates has left in the tank. Gates will play some this season and could even open the year as the starter but expect Green to take plenty of work from Gates and likely the starter's job at some point this season. Gates is going to see his numbers take another dip this season. He is trending the wrong way for fantasy teams.

Team Notes

Feb 26, 06:02 PM San Diego Chargers OG Jeromey Clary (undisclosed) was cut with a failed physical designation Thursday, Feb. 26.
Feb 25, 05:43 PM San Diego Chargers LB Jarret Johnson was officially released Wednesday, Feb. 25, following his retirement.
Feb 25, 07:33 AM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is not letting recent talk about the team leaving San Diego influence him about re-signing. 'Is the location of this team going to be a deciding factor?' Rivers said in a radio station interview. 'I can't honestly tell you that it will be.'
Feb 21, 12:52 PM San Diego Chargers impending free-agent RB Ryan Mathews' reps are scheduled to meet with the Chargers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Feb 20, 07:52 PM San Diego Chargers OT King Dunlap has agreed to a new four-year deal with the Chargers. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Feb 20, 02:22 AM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the team will have discussions on a contract extension at an appropriate time, but no discussions are scheduled for this week according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Feb 19, 03:33 AM San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, an impending free agent, has interest from the Chargers in a new contract. General manager Tom Telesco will meet with Mathews' agent at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Feb 10, 10:03 AM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) said he doesn't need surgery to repair the bulging disk in his back. 'At this point, the back injury is not requiring surgery,' Rivers said. 'We'll kind of revisit it in a month or so. But everything is improving. I'm back to my regular workouts and running around. Me and my wife played a little tennis the other day. I've hit the golf ball a few times, so I'm actually on the up and up. So I'm pretty excited.'
Jan 18, 04:13 PM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers will not play in the 2015 Pro Bowl, even though a roster spot has opened up.
Jan 15, 06:22 PM Dallas Cowboys OTs R.J. Dill and Ryan Miller were signed to Reserve/Futures deals Thursday, Jan. 15.
Jan 13, 02:53 PM San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates put up a very strong year in 2014 despite being written off as being too old just several seasons earlier. 'I don't even understand,' offensive coordinator Frank Reich said last month. 'I don't understand how there's no physical drop-off in his game. None. I mean, I never saw him when he was 25, but what he does off the line of scrimmage, how crafty he is and the physical skill to execute how smoothly he runs -- maybe he slowed down, but I just don't see it. I don't see any dent in the armor.' Gates' contract runs through next season, and he plans to honor it. Gates passed Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards in franchise history this year, and he also became just the fourth tight end in history to move past 10,000 career receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: Gates has to hit a wall sooner than later, especially with all the injuries he has suffered.
Jan 12, 05:33 PM San Diego Chargers impending free-agent CB Shareece Wright said he would like to re-sign with the Chargers this offseason but is not sure if the team wants to bring him back.
Jan 09, 04:32 PM The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent WR Austin Pettis (Rams) to an undisclosed deal Friday, Jan. 9.

Fantasy Impact: Pettis will compete for a roster spot next season.
Jan 08, 02:12 PM San Diego Chargers OG Jeromey Clary has announced his retirement from professional football.
Jan 06, 06:23 PM The San Diego Chargers re-signed QB Brad Sorensen to a Reserve/Futures contract Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Jan 05, 06:43 PM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back, ribs) is looking forward to resting and rehabbing in the offseason after absorbing 36 sacks this season and dealing with a bulging disc in his back and injured ribs down the stretch. He may tailor his offseason workouts a bit after focusing on endurance training and mobility last offseason. Rivers won't commit to whether he'll need offseason surgery on his back. Rivers took a league-high 544 attempts out of the shotgun this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He was ranked 30th in the league in play-action passes, even though he completed a league-high 82$ of play-action passes for 495 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Donald Brown, RB. 

Losses:
None. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  25 Jason VerrettDB
 # 2  18 Jeremiah AttaochuLB
 # 3  25 Chris WattOL
 # 5  25 Ryan CarrethersDL
 Undrafted Chris DavisDB
 Undrafted Branden OliverRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 8 10:20PM     at Arizona
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     Seattle
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at Buffalo
4     Sep 28 4:05PM     Jacksonville
5     Oct 5 4:25PM     New York Jets
6     Oct 12 4:05PM     at Oakland
7     Oct 19 4:05PM     Kansas City
8     Oct 23 8:25PM     at Denver
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     at Miami
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 4:05PM     Oakland
12     Nov 23 4:05PM     St Louis
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Baltimore
14     Dec 7 8:30PM     New England
15     Dec 14 4:05PM     Denver
16     Dec 20 8:25PM     at San Francisco
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Kansas City
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