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3 Chargers veterans that must step up to keep roles

After boasting one of the better NFL draft classes in 2017, some Los Angeles Chargers veterans may find themselves in a fight to keep their roles if patterns don’t change this season.

As such, here’s a look at three L.A. veterans that must step up in order to keep their roles on the Bolts moving forward.

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No. 3, Keenan Allen, WR

There is no denying Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen’s ample skill set, however, he has struggled mightily to stay healthy over the last two seasons playing in just nine games during said span.

Allen is coming off of a torn ACL one year after suffering a scary kidney injury that ended his previous campaign.

Additions such as Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams and promising receivers Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman making strides forward, Allen must remain healthy and hope for a return to form in order to lock down his role with the Bolts long-term.

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Chargers unfairly scraping near bottom of ESPN power rankings

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The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!


After an impressive 2017 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Chargers did not seem to benefit in the most recent ESPN power rankings landing in the same spot as before their selections in Philadelphia at No. 25.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano had this to say in justifying L.A.’s lowly ranking heading into training camp.

“Every other team in the AFC West is in the top 10,” Graziano began. “None of their quarterbacks is as good as this team’s is.

Philip Rivers needs help, and the Chargers got him some with Mike Williams and a couple of guards in the first three rounds of the draft. This team blew a lot of fourth-quarter leads last season; hold half of them and this ranking is way too low.”

Los Angeles still has likely future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers, drafted two excellent offensive guards and a playmaking wide receiver to assist him — and at some point, the Chargers have to avoid mass amounts of injuries setting them back.

This ESPN ranking is far too low, as the Bolts should be positioned no lower than middle of the pack based on talent alone.


The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!

Chargers look to expand reach with Hispanic audience via new broadcast deal

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The Los Angeles Chargers have reached a multi-year agreement with Azteca to broadcast the Chargers’ preseason games in Spanish.

With the football team’s recent move and a perception that they lost a large portion of their fan base, Los Angeles is looking to increase the following of the team by connecting with the Hispanic population.

Enrique Perez, Executive Vice President of the Azteca America Station Group, released a statement on the new deal.

“We are excited to serve as the flagship Spanish-language station for the Los Angeles Chargers preseason games as they ‘Fight for LA.’

Our viewers throughout Southern California will be able to watch the games live as well as participate in team-supported community events for fans of all ages in the local LA area.”

In addition, it is expected that Azteca Los Angeles will launch a weekly primetime show that will provide highlights and analysis of the Chargers’ recent games, per Portada.

Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos, had this to say in response to the new agreement.

“We strive to provide Chargers fans with the best experience in every way possible. In this case, unparalleled television access throughout the LA region. This partnership only serves to enhance this priority.”


The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!

ESPN choosing brand over star power will lead to inevitable decline

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ESPN, the beloved and family oriented sports network that took a major risk to run the first all-day sports channel, will never be the same.

As everyone knows, they have cut over 100 on-air personalities. This isn’t a major shock for people in the sports business, for it was a long time coming. ESPN appears to have been on the decline for a while and this is just the confirmation.

Most of these cuts are people who America consistently sees on television. The notable layoffs include Ed Werder, Andy Katz, Trent Dilfer, Jay Crawford, Paul Kuharsky, and more.

It was not too long ago that we saw ESPN fail to renew the contracts of Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, Mike Tirico, Keith Olberman, and Bill Simmons, all notable ESPN personalities that they would not pony up the money to keep.

However, it didn’t take the former employees much time to find a job that paid them more money at a different company.

Bayless and Cowherd left to Fox Sports for a higher salary and the ability to speak their mind freely.

Cowherd often criticizes his former employer on Fox Sports and he knew the end was coming while he was still an employee of ESPN.

“I told my producers, ‘Fellas, it’ll never be the same here,’” he told CBS’ “Bull & Fox” show. “You cannot pay four times for the house [more] than what you paid for the house last year. And I said this company will never be the same. It was at that point I started looking, and this is not going to end today. They have really cost-prohibitive contracts, combined with cord-cutting.”

ESPN has made many mistakes that are costing them now.

They bet on their brand instead of the stars in the business. In addition, they signed enormous TV deals that they could never afford, according to Deadspin’s Kevin Draper.

“They paid $2.25 billion to broadcast SEC games. They paid $480 million to broadcast Wimbledon. They paid $15 billion to broadcast Monday Night Football. They paid $1.5 billion to broadcast the Pac-12. They paid $5.6 billion to broadcast MLB. They paid $3.6 billion to broadcast the ACC. They paid $770 million to broadcast the U.S. Open. They paid $5.6 billion to broadcast the College Football Playoffs. They paid $12.6 billion to broadcast the NBA.”

They believed that no matter who they put behind the camera, business will boom.

As a matter of fact, Ed Werder told The Doomsday Podcast, “these cuts were going to be made and the quality of work was not going to be a consideration.”

Consequently, their viewership numbers have been plummeting; they have lost 10.8 million subscribers since Fox launched their new channel FS1, per Sports Business Daily. 

A major reason for the decline is the high price ESPN charges the cable companies to show their network (four times greater than the next highest fee). Now, those cable companies are making skinny bundles that are much cheaper and don’t include ESPN.

It is to be seen whether or not the loss of subscribers includes a huge number of sports fans. If it does, ESPN could be in further trouble.

Many anchors and other employees took major pay cuts with hopes of staying with the company and continuing their dreams. According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN approached one employee asking them to cut their salary by a preposterous 60%.

Instead, an ESPN employee could leave for the rival companies that pay a higher salary, provide an opportunity to live in Los Angeles rather than Bristol, Connecticut, and will let their on-air personalities speak with fewer restrictions.

Today, the only bargaining chip ESPN has is providing the opportunity for a young up and comer to fulfill their dream of being on ESPN.

WATCH: Chargers’ Mike Williams shows off his elite hands

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has not wasted any of his time since being drafted just over one week ago.

Below fans can see the former Clemson receiver showcase some of his abilities per FOX Sports PROcast.

Williams does a pretty good job of reminding fans of his playmaking abilities, while displaying confidence that he will need while going up against the world’s best cornerbacks in the NFL.

NFL Network’s Chase Goodbread labeled the Chargers as the team who added the most talent on offense during the 2017 NFL draft.

ESPN’s NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Bolts a grade of ‘A’ for their selections as well, yet many analysts are concerned because Williams isn’t a combine speed demon.

Cast those fears aside Chargers fans, Williams is going to make plays early and often in 2017.


The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!

LOOK: Charger rookies get their new NFL jersey numbers

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It has been less than a week since the Los Angeles Chargers made all of their selections in the 2017 NFL draft. Now, those players are making it onto the practice field with their new numbers.

The new jersey numbers for the Charger rookies can be found below via Gridiron Experts’ Paul Maland.

It’s only fitting that both Chargers offensive lineman Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp would have doubled up numbers (66 and 77 respectively) considering each were taken with back-to-back early-round picks by Chargers general manager Tom Telesco.

Maybe it is time to buy a new jersey, if you are a fan of the number and player, and help Los Angeles put a Charger in the top 50 of jersey sales for next season after having zero this past year.


The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!

Zero Chargers players make top-50 in NFL jersey sales

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The Los Angeles Chargers had no players in the top-50 of NFL jersey sales this past year (March 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017), per the NFLPA.

Given the Chargers won just five games last season and likely alienated a good portion of their fanbase by moving to L.A., the news won’t surprise many.

The Bolts have a boatload of talent on the roster, including a still impactful quarterback Philip Rivers and reigning rookie defensive player of the year in defensive end Joey Bosa.

Look for Bosa to land on the list after showing fans in the City of Angels what he can do on a football field.

In addition, former Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams should be a big help to Rivers in the red zone. If that new combination translates into more victories, both Williams and Bosa could crack the list next season.

After all, the quickest way to gain fans in a large market is to stack wins on Sundays.


The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!

2017 NFL draft: Mel Kiper Jr. gives Chargers an ‘A’ grade

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ESPN’s NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had high praise for the Los Angeles Chargers’ haul in the 2017 draft, giving them an ‘A’ grade.

Los Angeles started out by drafting former Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams, which Kiper thought was a great pick for general manager Tom Telesco stating he got the “top-ranked receiver at No.7” and it was “the Chargers’ top need,” per Kiper.

L.A. did an excellent job at recognizing what the draft had to offer as well as who they had under center, choosing to arm their aging franchise quarterback Philip Rivers to the teeth with protection and weapons. Telesco followed that by upgrading his secondary over the following two days.

In addition to needing a pass catcher, the Bolts needed major help protecting Rivers. Consequently, L.A. grabbed Kiper’s “Nos. 1 and 3 ranked guards in Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney.”

Lastly, the Chargers got it right with former Iowa safety (and projected nickel cornerback in the NFL) Desmond King.

He was another elite college player who slid in the draft likely due to his 4.6 second 40-yard dash. King posted 14 career interceptions, won the Jim Thorpe Award and brings the versatility “to end up at safety or slot corner,” per Kiper — yet fortunately fell into Telesco’s lap in the fifth round.

Kiper was spot on when it came to all of the picks, however, he neglected to discuss how the Chargers failing to address their need on the interior of the defensive line. Given that Kiper penalized other teams for not filling needs in his draft grades, this makes his analysis inconsistent at best.

Los Angeles did pick up former Notre Dame defensive tackle Isaac Rochell in the seventh round, but not many are expecting a seventh-round pick to make much of an impact.

To those people, NFL history has a lesson to teach, as it is a league which constantly sees fourth-to-seventh round players make up the vast majority of their rosters.


The article can also be found on the Chargers Wire!

POLL: Should the Bengals have drafted Joe Mixon?

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Football is never a stranger to controversy, and as the 2017 NFL draft finished up this weekend, another questionable decision was made. Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals.

It’s hard to forget Mixon’s past. By this time most people have seen the 2014 footage of Mixon punching a female student and breaking four bones in her face. He was suspended during the entire 2014 season, and never really made a comeback until the 2016 season.

Let’s ignore the debate about whether he should’ve been a first-round draft pick—he definitely has the talent. In his senior year, Mixon ran for 1,274 yards, had 538 receiving yards, and scored  15 touchdowns.

There’s a moral component to think about which the Bengals seem to have justified in their heads.

The thought process goes, “well he’s a bad guy, but we drafted him in the second round, so its okay!” And somehow this is supposed to make it better.

Everyone wants to think that character is important in sports. These are guys that we look up to as we see them go through college, get drafted, and have careers in the spotlight. Athletics host many household names, but, as we know, many of them fall short in the role model department.

There is a long history of teams compromising their moral fiber to pick up a good player, and the Mixon pick is just another part of the saga.

Has Mixon stated his regret? Yes. Were his actions deplorable? Undoubtedly. Should he have been drafted? It is hard to say.

We are finally learning that character doesn’t make even a tiny difference in professional sports. There are always amazing, larger-than-life guys in sports and we shouldn’t forget those guys. However, the Bengals just cared about what player could help them win on Sundays.

I watched the video of Mixon’s altercation again this morning, and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

We will see in the coming years if Mixon has truly changed and won’t get into trouble off the field. Nonetheless, I side with the idealistic notion that he shouldn’t have been drafted at all.

Idealism doesn’t have much of a place in the NFL if it could jeopardize a chance of winning more football games.

Rich Eisen blocks Las Vegas in Raiders fifth round of NFL draft

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The Oakland Raiders were planning to announce each of their draft picks on Day 3 from Las Vegas.

The fourth round announcement involved Nevada governor Brian Sandoval standing in front of the famous welcome to fabulous Las Vegas sign.

The NFL Network aired that announcement, but per the advisement of senior anchor Rich Eisen they took a different course in the following round.

During their live broadcast coverage of the 2017 NFL draft Eisen said he felt it was too “harsh” to Oakland fans to show their team announcing its picks from Las Vegas again.

The network did not throw to Vegas as Eisen suggested — and the show rolled on.


The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!