Chargers 1st unofficial depth chart sees Cardale Jones as No. 3 QB

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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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Best Chargers Twitter follows for 2017 season

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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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USA TODAY ranks LA Chargers defensive line No. 1 in NFL

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The Los Angeles Chargers’ defensive line corps has been ranked as the top group in all of the NFL, via USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis.

Below Davis makes his case for placing the Bolts above the Houston Texans at No. 1.

“Defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa finished with 10 ½ sacks in just 12 games. He and newly minted Melvin Ingram, who’s converting from linebacker, could give J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney serious competition as the league’s top end tandem.”

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11 most important Los Angeles Chargers defensive players in 2017

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The Los Angeles Chargers have potential on defense as they ranked No. 16 in the NFL in yards against, but gave up the No. 29 most points in the NFL last season.

If the Chargers can improve defensively in the red zone and the offense turns the ball over less, then Los Angeles should have an impressive defense led by Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.

Here are the 11 most important Chargers’ defensive players in 2017.

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No. 11 – DT Brandon Mebane

The Chargers lack depth in the middle of the defense. Los Angeles was both average against the run and the pass last season and will need to improve on defense if they want a shot at the AFC West crown.

Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has been a very productive player his entire career but is now 32-years-old. Therefore, he is going to have to work tirelessly during the summer to stop any sort of drop off in 2017.

A decline in play would be bad news for Los Angeles as he is their only consistently great player in the interior of the defensive line.

No. 10 – LB Jatavis Brown

With a weak interior of the defensive front, there could be a lot of free roaming running backs for the linebacker corps to chase down.

Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown, a fifth-round pick from 2016, had a surprisingly impressive rookie campaign with an 80.8 Pro Football Focus player grade.

He has a bright future and will need to continue to improve with a lack of run stuffers at the defensive tackle position.

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No. 9 – LB Korey Toomer

Chargers linebacker Korey Toomer is in a similar position as Brown. Both of them were positives of the Los Angeles defense last season, and it is expected for them to be again in 2017.

Toomer and Brown need to play well in combination to help shut down the good running backs in the AFC West which include Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

The inside linebacker position should not worry Bolt Nation as the two young linebackers need to and will play well.

No. 8 – CB Jason Verrett

After an impressive first two seasons, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett missed 12 games in 2016 and struggled in the four games he did play.

However, the AFC West is loaded with great wide receivers that force teams to have three good cornerbacks if they want to compete.

With that being said, Verrett has to regain his old form and become one of the three as there are not many capable replacements behind him.No. 7 – LB Jerry Attaochu

Chargers linebacker Jerry Attaochu missed eight games last season and did not have a good showing when he was out there.

Nonetheless, he was a good player during his first two seasons in the NFL and just needs to stay healthy.

If he can do so, he can set the edge and provide some pressure in the passing game.

Outside of Bosa and Mebane, there isn’t much on the defensive line. Attaochu can help make up for the deficiencies.

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Bosa, Hayward, Ingram 3 best Chargers from 2016 per PFF

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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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Chargers’ Joey Bosa on last year: ‘Didn’t scratch the surface’

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had an incredible rookie season racking up 10.5 sacks in just 12 games. In addition, he finished as the No. 5 best edge rusher in the entire NFL, per Pro Football Focus, yet he is far from satisfied.

Bosa thought the duo of him and Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram “didn’t scratch the surface,” per Mighty 1090AM.

Bosa is definitely happy with Ingram’s return as they have “been doing almost every rep together” and that competition between the two will help them become “something special next year.”

Bosa continued to place high expectations on the upcoming season as he believes it is “going to be a really great year between us.” Quite the statement considering he already won defensive rookie of the year in 2016 and the duo was already amongst the league’s best.

If he does live up to his promises, offensive tackles in the AFC West will have a lot of trouble sleeping on Saturday nights this fall.

Chargers’ Joey Bosa thinks last year’s finger pointing is gone

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The Los Angeles Chargers had a rough season in 2016 as they finished with just five wins and fired former Chargers coach Mike McCoy.

Fortunately, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa thinks this year is heading down a better path after the hiring of Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.

Last year, Bosa thought “there was a lot of finger-pointing,” per Mighty 1090AM, but he doesn’t “see any of that right now.”

Bolt fans should be ecstatic after listening to Bosa, for Los Angeles lost so many close games last season that stemmed from a lack of accountability and focus when the game got tight.

With Lynn at the helm, there seems to be an added emphasis on everyone fulfilling their own responsibilities and the impact has been felt immediately.

Hopefully, Lynn’s presence will help alleviate any late-game mistakes that happened last season and improve the Chargers’ record in 2017.

Chargers’ Joey Bosa on Lynn: ‘He knows what he is doing’

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After a poor 2016 season, the Los Angeles Chargers needed to change their culture. With new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, they seem to be headed down the right path.

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, in an interview with Mighty 1090AM, had high praise for the rookie head coach.

Lynn coaches by “demanding people, telling them what he wants. It’s gonna be his way or the highway.”

Even though he might be hard on his players, with his high standards, Bosa understands that he “knows what he is doing” and he trusts Lynn because he is a natural “leader.”

Honestly, the most important part of the offseason is to get everyone believing in one common goal and it seems as if Lynn has accomplished that already in his short time as the head coach.

When the NFL season begins, fans should not sleep on the Chargers as they had the talent last year, but lacked the accountability. With Lynn in charge and their new attitude, they should easily be much improved in 2017.

WATCH: Chargers’ Allen, Rivers, Gordon, Bosa put in work

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The Los Angeles Chargers’ OTAs are currently in full-swing and despite the absence of their No. 1 draft pick, the Bolts look sharp.

All of the team’s top players, including Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, quarterback Philip Rivers, running back Melvin Gordon and defensive end Joey Bosa, were out there working their tails off at the Chargers’ latest practice at Chargers Park in San Diego Tuesday.

At the beginning, fans get to see the 2017 Chargers stretching as a team before each player goes through their individual drills.

Gordon looked explosive coming around both edges, while Bosa shredded his footwork drills and Allen flashed the incredible hands that once made him one of the most effective rookie wide receivers in NFL history with a diving catch.

Overall, the team looks healthy, sharp and fit. Which is precisely what fans and coaches want to see at this stage of organized team activities.

3 reasons why Chargers could win AFC West

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The Los Angeles Chargers had a disappointing 2016 season winning only five games, but things are starting to look up after an impressive 2017 NFL draft, the hiring of a stout coaching staff and the return to health for several players.

Here are three reasons why the Chargers will bounce back in 2017 and win the AFC West.

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No. 3, Philip Rivers finally has weapons

As mentioned above, Los Angeles had an impressive draft bringing in talent at positions of need.

For example, the offensive line was a revolving door resulting in Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers being sandwiched every Sunday.

In this year’s draft, Los Angeles brought in guards Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. One of them can play at right guard and the other can be moved over to center or just add depth to the line.

Chargers tackle Russell Okung is solid on the left side (73.1 PFF player grade) and guard Matt Slauson is an impressive left guard (81.2 PFF player grade).

Chargers right tackle Joe Barksdale had a rough 2016, but should be expected to bounce back to his old form, for he had PFF player grades of 81.6, 75.2, and 81.8 in the three seasons before 2016.

Without a doubt, the Chargers’ offensive line will be improved. If the rookies make a quick transition, it could even become a strength of the team.

In regards to the skill positions, Los Angeles will add rookie wide receiver Mike Williams and healthy wide receiver Keenan Allen to pair with breakthrough wide receiver Tyrell Williams.

Rivers now has three great targets at wide receiver, two great targets at tight end, Chargers tight ends Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry, and solid running back Melvin Gordon.

For the first time in a while, Los Angeles has all the weapons on the outside along with the needed protection on the inside to successfully utilize all of their future hall of fame quarterback’s skills and make this a top offense in the NFL.

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