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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Chargers coach Nick Sirianni: ‘Guys can grow watching’ Keenan Allen

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is crucial to the Chargers’ success as he is the talented leader of the team’s receiving corps.

Allen is not only important for his production, but he will play an invaluable role in helping develop young and adept Chargers wide receivers Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams, who are imperative for the organization’s future prosperity.

According to Chargers wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni, Allen “is obviously the leader of the group” and is a “great example” for other teammates because he “runs such good routes” making it so others “can grow watching him.”

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Without a doubt, Allen is important to the young guys, but he needs to make sure he can stay healthy first.

In regards to Allen’s return, Sirianni thinks Allen is “fearless” and “hungry.” He won’t let any setback “hold him down” and is ready to have a great season despite the recent injuries.

If the former Cal Bear can stay healthy, then it will be a monstrous year for him and the rest of the Los Angeles wide receivers.

Chargers’ wide receivers looking good at camp

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The Los Angeles Chargers’ receiving corps has been getting all the praise from the Chargers’ coaches during this week’s minicamp.

The wide receivers should be one of the strengths of this year’s football team as they have the explosive Chargers wide receivers Travis Benjamin, Keenan Allen returning from injury, highly touted Mike Williams and rising star Tyrell Williams.

On paper, the Chargers have the potential to be an elite group with Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in charge.

Fortunately, it seems that the group is performing well, for they are not satisfied and are attacking this offseason, per the Chargers’ official Twitter account. 

Los Angeles knows that Williams and Allen will be great if healthy. Therefore, Bolt Nation should not be worried as their talent is never in question.

However, the question marks revolve around Benjamin and Tyrell. They are the guys that will decide how effective the receiving corps will be.

Allen and Williams will lock down the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, but the best teams have great players from No. 1 to No. 4.

If the Chargers coaches are correct when speaking about Benjamin and Tyrell, then Los Angeles will have the needed star talent and depth to make other NFL secondaries worried.

Especially when there is a future Hall of Fame quarterback throwing them the ball.

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.

WATCH: Chargers’ Keenan Allen proposes to girlfriend

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is known for dazzling displays on the football field, but just recently, via Allen’s Instagram, he dazzled his fiancée with a beautiful wedding ring.

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Allen’s proposal was well thought out, for he had one of his friends ready to film it and looked to propose in a great location, poolside, on a beautiful day.

His fiancée said yes in front of a big group of excited friends who all seemed to know the ask was about to go down.

It was a special moment to be able to see Allen propose, but hopefully, we will be able to see more special moments that include Allen earning a ring of his own next February.

 

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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5 slot receiver answers for Chargers in 2017

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If the Los Angeles Chargers hope to sniff a Super Bowl championship in the little time that franchise quarterback Philip Rivers has left, they can’t afford to miss on any draft picks.

It seems the Chargers have been searching for an answer at the slot receiver position for some time. But whether it be a surprise draft pick, free agent or even a player already on the current roster — L.A. will have plenty options to choose from off of this list.

Here are the top five options in the slot for the Bolts heading into the 2017 NFL draft April 27.

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5. Keenan Allen, WR

Chargers WR Keenan Allen is not technically a slot receiver, but with the emergence of WR Tyrell Williams, he could be a sneaky pick to move into the slot for Los Angeles.

Allen is an elite wide receiver when healthy. In just 38 games played, he has averaged 68.9 receiving yards per game and has caught 16 touchdowns. His PFF player grades have also been good in each of his four seasons: 86.6, 78.7, 80.4, and 79.4.

Allen’s style of play is perfect for the slot. He has proven he can exceed as a high-volume target, for he has averaged nearly six receptions per game in his career.

Additionally, Allen has struggled to stretch the field on the outside in recent years, averaging just 10.4 yards per catch in the last three seasons. As such, he could benefit from catching the ball closer to the line of scrimmage and extending plays with the ball in his hands early.

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4. Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR

Former Stanford Cardinal RB/WR Christian McCaffrey would be an ideal addition to the Chargers, but may be off of the board by the time the Bolts decide to consider him.

McCaffrey possesses excellent receiving skills to pair with his running back prowess, and once the ball is in his hands, he has the rare ability to take it to the house.

There’s little question that if asked to be, McCaffrey could be one of the best slot targets in the NFL with a little time to work.

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3. Andrew Hawkins, WR

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is another free agent who could make a positive impact in the slot for L.A.

Despite being only 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, Hawks has elite speed as displayed by his 4.34 second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

In 2014, Hawks showed he has the potential to be a difference-maker in the league amassing 63 receptions for 824 yards and two touchdowns as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

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2. Victor Cruz, WR

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was released this offseason and is currently still a free agent due to injuries derailing a once-promising career.

Cruz only played in six games between 2014-15 due to a knee injury, but came back last season to play 15 games tallying 39 receptions for 586 yards.

With another year to improve his health, Cruz should be able to build upon his 2016 campaign and become an impact player once again.

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1. Ryan Switzer, WR

If Los Angeles doesn’t opt for an in-house solution, they could turn to the 2017 NFL draft to find their slot receiver of the future in former North Carolina Tarheels wide receiver Ryan Switzer.

Switzer is 5-foot-9, 181 pounds giving him the perfect built to use his quickness and change-of-direction ability to defeat nickel cornerbacks. Switzer used those same skills to post 96 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns as Tarheels quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite target.

Switzer also added seven career punt returns for touchdowns during his career with the Tarheels, giving him immediate special-teams value as well.


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