2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Chargers loaded with rookies, including coach, GM

By BERNIE WILSON - AP Sports Writer
    2013-07-23 13:23

SAN DIEGO (AP) - With Manti Te'o plus a new coach and general manager, the San Diego Chargers' training camp will have a definite theme: The Rookies.

Coach Mike McCoy, hired away from his job as offensive coordinator as the division rival Denver Broncos, opens his first camp with the Bolts with a roster revamped by new GM Tom Telesco, hired away from the Indianapolis Colts.

The pair of 40-year-olds inherited a team that went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Fans can no longer moan about Norv Turner and A.J. Smith, the coach and GM who were fired the day after the 2012 season ended.

The Chargers will get plenty of attention after moving up in the second round to draft Te'o, the former Notre Dame linebacker who was duped by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend.

Five things to know as the Chargers prepare to open training camp with their first practice Thursday in San Diego.

---

1. TE'O TIME: Te'o is the most intriguing player on the Chargers' roster. While fans are buying lots of No. 50 replica jerseys, they're also wondering how well Te'o can play inside linebacker in the NFL after his college career ended with his poor performance in Notre Dame's blowout loss to Alabama in the BCS national championship game. Te'o is penciled into the starting lineup after veteran Takeo Spikes was cut in the offseason. And there's still that matter of the fake girlfriend hoax that embarrassed Te'o and was the talk of the sports world for a few months. McCoy says the hoax will fade away if reporters stop asking Te'o about it. Perhaps to help, the Chargers are giving Te'o his distance from reporters. The Chargers made Te'o available as little as possible during the spring and refused to allow one-on-one interviews. They apparently plan to continue the ``star player'' exemption during training camp. Under that exemption, players with heavy media demands must be made available to the media at least once during the practice week. Quarterback Philip Rivers is the Chargers' other ``star player.'' Despite the Chargers' approach, Te'o has handled himself well in front of the microphones. He hasn't dodged any questions, doesn't seem nervous and looks his questioner's way when giving an answer.

2. CAMP CONCERNS: Telesco wasted no time tearing apart the roster, which meant tossing aside starters and depth in the defensive front seven. The rookie GM released Spikes and defensive tackle Antonio Garay, and let linebackers Antwan Barnes and Shaun Phillips, plus defensive linemen Vaughn Martin, leave as free agents. So the Bolts will be looking to establish depth on the defensive line and at linebacker. They'll also have to sort out their depth at wide receiver. Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd are the presumed starters at wideout. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal return after disappointing seasons, but they'll be challenged by rookie Keenan Allen and Vincent Brown, who missed 2012 with a broken ankle.

3. OH BOY, O-LINE: Oh, what Rivers would give for a season in which he isn't under siege practically every play. That's what last season was like, when Rivers sometimes had to throw the ball into the ground to avoid onrushing defenders. McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will have to develop cohesion in the offensive line, where there are three new starters: left tackle Max Starks, left guard Rich Ohrnberger and rookie D.J. Fluker, the team's first-round draft pick, at right tackle. Additionally, veteran Jeromey Clary is moving from right tackle to right guard. The only guy staying put is center Nick Hardwick. Rivers was sacked 49 times last year and committed 22 turnovers, giving him 49 turnovers in two seasons.

4. HE'S BIG, BUT CAN HE PASS BLOCK? - Fluker is a big man - 6-foot-5, 339 pounds - and was acclaimed for his run blocking with national champion Alabama. But there have already been questions about how well Fluker can pass block and do his part to keep Rivers upright. Fluker didn't seem to dazzle everyone during offseason workouts.

5. RUN, RYAN, RUN: One Chargers player who desperately needs a reboot is running back Ryan Mathews, who's been plagued by injuries and fumbles in his first three seasons. Once hailed as the heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson, Mathews had a rough 2012. He broke his right collarbone on his first carry of the exhibition season, and then broke his left collarbone in a 31-7 loss to Carolina on Dec. 16 that eliminated the Chargers from playoff contention. He finished with 707 yards and one touchdown. His three-year totals are 2,476 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. By comparison, Tomlinson had 4,564 yards and 37 touchdowns through his first three seasons.

---

Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Brandon MarshallOct 19 09:08p

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall called out QB Jay Cutler in a heated locker room discussion after the team's Week 7 loss against the Miami Dolphins, a source said [ More ]

Peyton ManningOct 19 09:02p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has had two offensive drives in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers so far, and both have resulted in touchdown passes. He ties [ More ]

Matthew StaffordOct 19 07:43p

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 40 pass attempts for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. [ More ]

Cody LatimerOct 19 07:32p

The Denver Broncos have declared OG Ben Garland, WR Cody Latimer, OT Michael Schofield, DL Mitch Unrein, RB Montee Ball, LB Shaquil Barrett, CB Tony Carter inactive for Week 7.

Chris CulliverOct 19 07:32p

The San Francisco 49ers have declared CB Chris Culliver, DL Cornellius Carradine, SS Jimmie Ward, C Marcus Martin, OG Mike Iupati, LB Patrick Willis, WR Quinton Patton inactive for Week 7.

Calvin JohnsonOct 19 07:22p

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) would not give any indication whether he would play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. After the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. [ More ]

Reggie BushOct 19 07:22p

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was not benched in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. Bush only played a handful of snaps in the second [ More ]

Fred JacksonOct 19 07:02p

Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) will need further tests to determine the severity of the groin injury he suffered in Week 7 against the [ More ]

C.J. SpillerOct 19 07:02p

Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) will have surgery Monday, Oct. 20, to repair the broken collarbone he suffered in Week 7 against the Minnesota [ More ]

Bryce BrownOct 19 06:52p

Buffalo Bills RB Bryce Brown was inactive for the seventh time this season in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. However, with injuries to RBs Fred Jackson (groin) and [ More ]

Anthony DixonOct 19 06:02p

Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was pressed into duty in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings due to injuries to RBs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone). Dixon [ More ]

Sammy WatkinsOct 19 06:02p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins hauled in nine receptions for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jerick McKinnonOct 19 06:02p

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon carried 19 times for 103 yards in the Week 7 game against the Buffalo Bills, and he had two receptions which resulted in minus-2 yards.

John SullivanOct 19 06:02p

Minnesota Vikings OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee) left the Week 7 game against the Buffalo Bills due to a knee injury, and C John Sullivan (concussion) exited due to a [ More ]

Matt AsiataOct 19 06:02p

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried just six times for 24 yards in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills, while posting one reception for 13 yards.

Brian OrakpoOct 19 05:13p

Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) suffered a right pectoral injury in the Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans. He will have an MRI Monday, Oct. 20.

Brodrick BunkleyOct 19 05:12p

New Orleans Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) and DE Glenn Foster (knee) left the Week 7 game due to injury and were unable to return.

Keenan LewisOct 19 05:12p

New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hamstring) suffered two cramps and a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 7 game against the Detroit Lions, head coach [ More ]

Trent RichardsonOct 19 05:12p

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) left the Week 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hamstring injury.

Zac StacyOct 19 05:03p

St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy did not have any touches in the Week 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams used a combination of RBs Tre Mason, [ More ]

Brandon FlowersOct 19 05:03p

San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers (head) left the Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a head injury, but passed concussion tests and checked back in during the second quarter.

Paul PoslusznyOct 19 04:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Alan Branch (groin) and LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) suffered injuries in the team's Week 7 game and will not return.

Philly BrownOct 19 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Philly Brown (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 7 and will not return to the game.

Brian OrakpoOct 19 03:42p

Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder) left the game early in Week 7 because of a shoulder injury and is considered questionable to return.

Colt McCoyOct 19 03:32p

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy entered the team's Week 7 game after QB Kirk Cousins was benched.

C.J. SpillerOct 19 03:02p

Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) has been initially diagnosed with a broken collarbone.

Tony BergstromOct 19 03:02p

The Oakland Raiders have declared QB Matt McGloin, WR Vincent Brown, OL Khalif Barnes, OG Tony Bergstrom, FB Marcel Reece, CB Keith McGill, DE Justin Tuck inactive for Week 7.

Adam SnyderOct 19 03:02p

The New York Giants have declared WR Corey Washington, OG Adam Snyder, DT Kerry Wynn, OT James Brewer, OT Brandon Mosley, DL Jay Bromley, RB Rashad Jennings inactive for Week 7.

Donnie AveryOct 19 02:52p

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared WR Donnie Avery, SS Eric Berry, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, C Eric Kush, QB Aaron Murray, CB Christopher Owens, DE Damion Square inactive for Week 7.

Manti Te'oOct 19 02:52p

The San Diego Chargers have declared LB Jeremiah Attaochu, RB Donald Brown, WR Dontrelle Inman, DT Ricardo Mathews, RB Ryan Mathews, LB Manti Te'o, CB Jason Verrett inactive for Week 7.

C.J. SpillerOct 19 02:42p

Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) is undergoing an X-ray to hopefully rule out a possible broken clavicle.

C.J. SpillerOct 19 02:32p

Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) was carted off the field after suffering an apparent shoulder injury in the team's Week 7 game.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group