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

Aug 21, 03:52 PM San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) participated in practice in full pads Thursday, Aug. 21, for the second consecutive day and took part in the tackling drills.
Aug 21, 03:42 PM San Diego Chargers OG Jeromey Clary (shoulder, hip), WR Vincent Brown (calf), LB Manti Te'o (foot), DT Sean Lissemore (ankle), SS Jahleel Addae (hamstring), DE Lawrence Guy (shoulder) and CB Marcus Cromartie (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Aug 19, 05:13 AM Provided the San Diego Chargers don't reach an agreement with QB Philip Rivers on a contract extension before the season starts, the team and Rivers will likely wait until the end of the year to begin talks in earnest on a new deal. The team wants to avoid Rivers slipping into his final year on the current contract (2015) without a new deal negotiated.
Aug 18, 04:12 PM The San Diego Chargers waived/injured DE Damik Scafe (undisclosed) and signed free-agent DE Doug Worthington (Redskins) to an undisclosed deal Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 18, 12:23 AM San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o (foot) suffered a sprained left foot during the second preseason game, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Te'o will not practice this week or play in the third preseason game.
Aug 18, 12:23 AM San Diego Chargers DT Sean Lissemore (ankle) and SS Jahleel Addae (hamstring) will not practice this week or play in the third preseason game.
Aug 16, 11:12 AM Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers DT Sean Lissemore (ankle) was wearing a walking boot to protect his injured ankle. He is expected to be reevaluated Saturday, Aug. 16.
Aug 16, 01:52 AM San Diego Chargers DE Corey Liuget (foot) was able to play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Seattle Seahawks. He started and one solo tackle before departing.
Aug 16, 12:22 AM San Diego Chargers TE John Phillips (knee) was able to play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Seattle Seahawks. It was his first game action since suffering tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament last December.
Aug 16, 12:22 AM San Diego Chargers NT Sean Lissemore (ankle) suffered an apparent right ankle injury in the first half of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Seattle Seahawks.
Aug 15, 09:32 PM San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (undisclosed) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Seattle Seahawks.
Aug 15, 05:42 PM Free-agent RB Ben Malena (Cowboys), FS Shelton Johnson (Raiders), LB Marshall McFadden (Raiders) and DE Doug Worthington (Redskins) all cleared no-recall waivers Friday, Aug. 15, and are free to sign with any team.
Aug 14, 07:52 PM San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews recently said he's the healthiest he's ever been in his NFL career. Mathews said he's been doing a lot of work to keep his body in shape with help from strength and conditioning coach Kent Johnston.

Fantasy Impact: We'll see. Mathews remains an injury waiting to happen.
Aug 14, 01:52 PM San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) will play at some point during the preseason, because the team wants him to get game reps before the start of the regular season, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Aug 14, 12:53 PM San Diego Chargers DE Corey Liuget (foot) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 14.
Aug 14, 11:03 AM The Washington Redskins have released DE Doug Worthington.

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
 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 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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