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With just three days until the Los Angeles Chargers kick off their 2017 NFL preseason against the Seattle Seahawks, the team has released its first unofficial depth chart for this upcoming season.
The depth chart is not filled with any major surprises except for the fact that rookie guard Dan Feeney is not currently with the first team. However, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him grab the starting position before Week 1 of the regular season.
Moreover, quarterback Kellen Clemens got the nod over quarterback Cardale Jones, who the Chargers just traded for and was a fourth round pick in 2016.
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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers will begin their 2017 NFL campaign as they face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. That means this is a great time for fans to make sure they are following all the best of the Bolts on social media.
Below, fans can find a list of some of the best of the past and present Chargers follows on Twitter.
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Today is the fifth day of the Chargers Wire’s countdown to the Los Angeles Chargers’ training camp which begins on July 29. Until that day, we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1 and will now look at No. 26.
Currently, Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward wears the No. 26 and could easily take over as the best in the franchise’s history if his 2016 campaign becomes the norm.
Until then, former Chargers running back Lionel James is the best Charger to wear the No. 26. Despite only playing five seasons, James tallied 3,340 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns.
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His biggest season came in 1985 when he had 1,543 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 2,545 all-purpose yards that set an NFL record that wasn’t broken until 2000.
Former Chargers running back Darren Sproles is often compared to James as Sproles was a similar, yet slightly better and modern version of James.
All in all, James is the best No. 26 for now. However, there was not much competition and it could only be a few seasons until Hayward takes a stranglehold of the best No. 26 in the Bolt’s franchise.
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The AFC West, without a doubt, is the best division in football and is only getting better. A major reason for the division’s recent success is each team’s ability to force turnovers.
According to Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar, the AFC West possesses four of the top-10 ball hawks in the NFL, which includes Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at No. 9.
During his first season as a Charger, Hayward hauled in seven interceptions, giving him the most in the NFL. Now, Hayward is the unquestioned No. 1 cornerback in Los Angeles and is a lockdown defender in the NFL.
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In 2016, the Chargers luckily signed him to a cheap deal that would pay him just over $5 million per year for three seasons (2016-18). If he hit the open market, Hayward would easily get a contract worth over $10 million per year.
As such, Hayward is the perfect free agent signing with him still in his prime (27-years-old) and at a major discount. These types of moves, in today’s salary cap era, are crucial to building a perennial contender.
Thanks to Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, who has found bargains and drafted well, Los Angeles should be contending for a while with bargains like these.
The Los Angeles Chargers had a tough 2016 season, only winning five games, but have some exciting young pieces for the future.
The three best players from last year, per Pro Football Focus, were Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, cornerback Casey Hayward and linebacker Melvin Ingram. All three of them are great young players who should be dominating in the Chargers’ uniform for the foreseeable future.
It is also great news, for Los Angeles has some of the most important positions locked down on defense. They have a shutdown cornerback in Hayward and two elite edge rushers in Ingram and Bosa.
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Not on the list, but crucial to the team’s future success, are Chargers linebackers Jatavis Brown and Korey Toomer who will shore up any worries at the position.
On offense, they still have Chargers future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers and a skilled receiving group that Rivers will take advantage of.
For the first time in a while, Los Angeles has talent all over the field and should push for a playoff spot in 2017.
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Los Angeles Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward left practice early today with an ankle injury, per LA Daily News’ Jack Wang.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s optimism about Hayward’s condition was a welcome report as he is not a player that Los Angeles can afford to lose. Last season, Hayward led the NFL in interceptions with seven, posted 57 tackle, 20 passes defensed and an incredible Pro Football Focus player grade of 88.9.
His counterparts, cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Trovon Reed, had poor PFF grades of 63.6 and 69.9 respectively and Verrett was only able to finish one quarter of the season on the field.
Verrett should bounce back this year and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco wisely added rookie defensive backs Desmond King and Rayshawn Jenkins to the mix, however, none of that diminishes how important Hayward is to this Bolts defense.
More news on Hayward’s condition as it comes in.