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

Jul 19, 12:42 PM San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) should be ready to participate when training camp begins.
Jul 17, 02:52 PM San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will continue to be the team's workhorse at running back because of his physical style, according to offensive coordinator Frank Reich. 'Ryan is as tough as a runner as I've been around,' Reich said. 'He's just a physically dominating runner. And he brings a physical presence to the game, which we love. The offensive line senses it, and they love blocking for him because of his physicality.'
Jul 16, 12:43 PM San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said it was good that he was able to work with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts and is looking forward to the start of training camp. 'I think it's good for Philip, good for me to get that trust back,' he said. 'It's good for us to go through these plays right now so in training camp it'll be fluid and then you can run the plays without thinking,' Floyd said. He said he is not concerned about the neck injury he suffered last season and considered it a fluke event. Floyd was considered one of the top performers during the workouts.
Jul 15, 12:43 PM San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said he is confident he is healthy heading into 2014. "I'm confident right now," Floyd said. "I don't have any doubts in my mind right now. It was just a fluke event."
Jul 07, 05:53 PM San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers said he believes he is the top cornerback in the NFL. 'First off, let me just say I'm the best corner in football,' Flowers said. 'Let's get that clear. Don't let my injuries last year fool you, or take my name from the top list.'
Jul 02, 04:33 PM San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers has declared himself the best cornerback in football. "First off, let me must say, I am the best corner in football. Don't let my injuries last year fool you and take my name from that top list. One guy whose game I definitely respect throughout the years was (Darrelle) Revis. Coming from a system that he played in, it's a lot of man-to-man being played, him shadowing receivers, and he definitely put in that work. Not to say anything else bad about the other corners, but Revis is definitely a corner I respect in this league."
Jun 26, 11:22 PM San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers was signed by the team after offseason activities were complete, and a result, it remains unclear what role Flowers will have in defensive coordinator John Pagano's unit.
Jun 25, 09:43 PM San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers said part of the reason he signed with the Chargers is that they are in the same division as the Kansas City Chiefs and will be able to play them twice this upcoming season.
Jun 25, 01:53 AM San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. He will carry an estimated salary-cap charge of $8.262 million in 2015 and leave the Chargers on the hook for $2.362 million in dead money, should they choose to release Gates. Cutting him will save the team $5.9 million against their 2015 cap. Gates will be 35 years old entering the 2015 season, and the Chargers reportedly want to increase TE Ladarius Green's role in 2014.
Jun 24, 07:23 PM Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers agreed to terms on contract that will pay up to $5 million in 2014, which includes $1.5 million to sign, $1.5 million in base salary and up to $2 million in incentives.
Jun 24, 05:13 PM The San Diego Chargers signed CB Brandon Flowers (Chiefs) to a one-year deal Tuesday, June 24. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jun 23, 10:52 PM San Diego Chargers DE Corey Liuget (shoulder) said he is stronger than at any point last season when he played through a shoulder injury that required surgery in the offseason. Liuget also said he is faster this year after trimming 11 pounds off his playing weight from last season.
Jun 22, 03:52 PM Free-agent CB Brandon Flowers (Chiefs) could make a decision on his next team by the middle of this week.
Jun 22, 03:42 PM A source said San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett's (shoulder) surgically-repaired right shoulder remains 'right on track,' although he is not yet ready for football contact. There is a possibility that he could be on the field when training camp opens July 24.
Jun 21, 09:42 PM Free-agent FB Le'Ron McClain (Ravens) has been working out this offseason and expects a team call him before the start of training camp. McClain has lost 15 pounds this offseason and is looking to be as fast as he can.
Jun 19, 09:52 PM The San Diego Chargers' meeting with free-agent CB Brandon Flowers (Chiefs) went well, but Flowers left the meeting without a contract.

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
 # 6  25 Marion GriceRB
 # 7  25 Tevin ReeseWR

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 3:00PM     at San Francisco
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Kansas City
18     Jan 4 1:05PM     at Cincinnati
19     Jan 11 4:40PM     at Denver
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