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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.
Today is the second 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. 29.
Currently, the number is worn by Chargers cornerback Craig Mager, but he has only seen the field in 10 games and isn’t an actual candidate for the best Charger to wear his number.
Honestly, the No. 29 did not have a plethora of competition, but former Chargers cornerback Mike Williams had an impressive career en route to earning his spot as the best No. 29 in the franchise’s history.
The former LSU Tiger was also selected in the famous 1975 NFL draft with the No. 22 overall pick in the first round. During his eight seasons as a Bolt, he corralled 24 interceptions (fifth all-time in Chargers’ history) and six fumble recoveries.
Williams’ 24 interceptions and the lack of greats who wore the No. 29 earned him the top spot. It isn’t to say his career wasn’t impressive, but it would not garner legendary status.
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The Los Angeles Chargers have had an impressive 2017 offseason in which they brought it in a lot of talent without losing much.
The Chargers had one of the best drafts in the entire NFL as they brought in Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams and guard Forrest Lamp. Both are expected to immediately make an impact, be the future of Los Angeles and fill a position of need within the team.
Sounds like the perfect draft selections.
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In addition, the Chargers’ did not lose any talent, except former Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers, from last season, per Pro Football Focus.
Los Angeles had arguably the best draft in the league and have some talented players returning to full health including Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, safety Jahleel Addae and cornerback Jason Verrett.
All in all, Los Angeles should be amongst one of the most improved teams in 2017 and it should not surprise anyone if Chargers general manager Tom Telesco wins executive of the year in 2018 after the NFL’s best offseason.
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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.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is heading back to South Carolina to do an autograph signing.
Williams went to college in the state, at Clemson University, and is giving an opportunity for those fans to come see him before he steps foot on an NFL field.
Williams will be hosting the event on June 16 at 11:30 A.M. (ET) in Mt. Pleasant, SC, a four-hour drive from Clemson’s campus.
The event is also taking place just one hour away from where Williams grew up in Vance, SC.
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Anyways, it is good to see Williams provide a cool opportunity for people who knew him growing up and followed him while he became a star wide receiver for the Clemson Tigers to come meet him and get an autograph.
Hopefully, the experience will convince some locals in the area to become part of Bolt Nation as there is no other professional football team in the state.
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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.
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is expected to miss the rest of the OTAs with a herniated disc.
This is not Williams’ first major injury as he fractured his neck in 2015 forcing him to miss the rest of that college season.
His neck injury did not seem to cause any issues in 2016 as the Clemson Tigers went on to win the National Championship and Williams hauled in 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Despite his impressive recovery for 2016, he is already down with another injury before he has even played one game in the NFL. In addition, back injuries are always scary for athletes no matter the severity.
Bolt fans, are you worried about Williams’ long-term health?
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is bringing a welcome championship pedigree to Los Angeles, something that has been in short supply for the Bolts to date.
The city’s favorite team has already been struggling in the Los Angeles Lakers, and the L.A. Rams’ Hollywood return was a decisive flop. As such, there are opportunities for the Chargers to snag a chunk of the new/casual fan market share in the city should they be able to do some winning.
Fortunately, Williams brings two ACC championship rings and one National Championship ring to the table as a rookie in 2017. A fact that the No. 7 overall pick is proud to demonstrate via his Twitter cover photo.
In an interview on the Chargers’ website after he was drafted, Williams discussed Clemson’s winning culture and how he fit in. “Guys like Jacoby Ford, Sammy Watkins, (DeAndre) Hopkins, Martavis Bryant (and) Charone Peake… set the standard.”
Like the aforementioned guys, Williams wants to pass “the torch to the younger guys” and set the same standard.
Having spent four years with the Tigers in college, Williams has absorbed a winning football culture his entire adult life. Simply put, all he knows is winning.
And for a team that could use a cultural turnaround and is starving for its first Super Bowl rings, Williams was absolutely the right pick in the first round for the Bolts.
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The Los Angeles Chargers have not wasted any time in signing their first-round draft pick.
Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has officially signed a four-year deal, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport also reported that the contract is worth $19.75 million guaranteed, and like every other first-round selection, Williams’ contract includes a fifth-year team option.
The deal should be good news for Chargers fans one year after seeing defensive end Joey Bosa hold out until late August before finally signing and ultimately getting injured.
Look for Williams to get on the field as much as possible as he seeks to build chemistry with Chargers franchise quarterback Philip Rivers.