Attaochu’s blocked punt was something truly special

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The second year cornerback made his presence felt with his team-high third interception of the season against the toughest quarterback to pick off. Shortly after Alex Smith extended his consecutive pass streak without throwing an INT to 312 in a row, the quarterback aimed deep looking for Jeremy Maclin. Verrett stayed stride for stride with the speedster, maintaining position as he dove to come up with the incredible pick at the two-yard line.

As Te’o also noted, all that matters at the end of the day is that the Chargers came up on the short end of a 10-3 decision. Nonetheless, one of the leaders of the defense is encouraged over the unit’s bright futurex, and is eager to keep growing together as one.

The team’s first-round draft selection, cornerback Jason Verrett had a standout game with solid man-to-man coverage most of the night. He finished the night with four total tackles and one pass defensed. While Verrett enjoyed his first regular-season NFL game, the loss left the cornerback feeling empty.

Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu combined for 16.5 sacks last season, but they failed to record one in the San Diego Chargers’ first exhibition last week against Tennessee.

“I think it was pretty good, I did what my coaches asked me to do and I just took advantage of the opportunities I had today,” he said. “My mindset going into the game was play my role and whenever the opportunity came, just do what I had to do.”

Attaochu’s blocked punt was something truly special. His effort was just enough to knock the ball out at the Arizona 17-yard line setting his team up with great field position.

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Jerry is also a very active participant in Chargers community efforts. Earlier this year, he served as a spokesman for a PSA campaign with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council encouraging healthy relationships in teenage couples. Jerry participated in the Chargers 10th annual Join the Team Adoption Calendar with San Diego County Foster and Adoptive Resource Services, featuring children looking for their “forever family.” He has participated in numerous PLAY 60 themed events and camps as well as the team’s annual surprise Bike Distribution. He’s presented grant checks for multiple Chargers Champions projects and has never missed a chance to support the Chargers annual Blood Drive, perhaps because he knows only too well the need for blood that so many SCD patients have throughout their life.

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Attaochu says he’s seen improvement in his ability to pick up the Bolts’ defense from rookie minicamp through OTAs and now training camp. Still, he knows he needs some time before the defense becomes a cerebral concept. But if his evolution as a player thus far is indicative of his teammates’ help, he’s well on his way toward accomplishing that feat.

In order to do that, Attaochu has to find a way to stay on the field.

Attaochu, 24, suffered a broken right foot that forced him to the injured reserve in November, missing the final five games of the 2016 season. Attaochu also missed three games earlier last year due to an ankle sprain.

He finished the year fifth on the team in total tackles, while ranking second in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits. After being slowed by a nagging hamstring during his rookie season in 2014, Attaochu bounced back in 2015 to play in 15 games and start 12. He and fellow outside linebacker Melvin Ingram formed a potent 1-2 punch as they combined for more than half (16.5) of the Chargers’ 32 sacks on the season.

Joining the Bolts in 2015 is Denzel Perryman out of Miami

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The pair played for two years together at the University of Miami. With a playing relationship built on brotherhood, Perryman said he could always rely on the safety to shore up the defense. That’s something Perryman believes will translate to the Chargers.

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No matter if you deem the fourth quarter interception or his 4th-and-1 run stuff as the biggest moment of the week in the 33-30 overtime win against the Falcons, one thing for certain is that Denzel Perryman is a playmaker.

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Entering his second NFL season, inside linebacker Denzel Perryman knows what being a rookie is like, which is why he is doing all he can to help those walking in the same footsteps he did last season.

“Big time players make big time plays in big time games and I can’t say enough about him.”
That praise from Joey Bosa is all one needs to know about Denzel Perryman’s performance in the team’s 33-30 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
Although suffering from a lingering shoulder injury, Perryman played through the pain and gave Sunday’s game his all.

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For the third straight year, the Chargers took a linebacker in the second round of the NFL Draft. Joining the Bolts in 2015 is Denzel Perryman out of Miami.

“He’s an explosive, extremely instinctive inside linebacker,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “He plays with a lot of energy. As far as we’re concerned, and obviously it’s just one team’s opinion, as far as inside linebackers go, he has the best instincts in the draft, the best tackling, and he is the most explosive. When he hits people, they go backwards. He’s got some coverage skills too which is going to help him in this league. We’re really excited about getting him in here.”

The 6-foot, 242-pound 2014 All-ACC First Team linebacker started all 13 games last season for the Hurricanes notching 110 total tackles and two sacks. In his four-year career at Miami, he recorded 351 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, four and a half sacks and two interceptions.

“I’ve worked tremendously hard to try to get this opportunity,” Mager said. “Coming to Texas St. was pretty crazy because when I first got there, the head coach told me, ‘If you thought you were going to the NFL, you wouldn’t have come to Texas St.’ I thought he was pretty wrong about that and I wanted to prove him wrong when he said that.”

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“I’m really just here to do my best and give my team the best shot to win. I’ll do whatever they want me to do.”

The Chargers focused on defense on day two of the 2015 NFL Draft, and in the third round selected cornerback Craig Mager out of Texas St. Mager, a four-year starter for the Bobcats, never missed a game in his collegiate career and General Manager Tom Telesco said that along with other metrics were determining factors in drafting him.

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Quarterback Kellen Clemens shoots a pass to tight end Sean McGrath for a 12 yards gain.

“We’re just here to lighten the mood and let the kids know that we take care of our teeth too,” mentioned Sean McGrath.

At halftime the Chargers will recognize six Vietnam War veterans as a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the war. The Chargers will also have wounded warriors as special guests and a patriotic fireworks show to wrap up half-time.

Tyrell Williams remembers his draft experience the same way, when all the attention was paid to Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker, Nelson Agholor and Phillip Dorsett. In fact, they were first five wideouts selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Yet outside of Cooper, it’s Williams, undrafted out of Western Oregon, who has made the most impact at the professional level. After all, he’s the only other one with a 1,000 yard season under his belt.

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The 6-4, 205-pound wideout is fresh off a breakout sophomore campaign in which he led the team with 69 catches and 1,059 yards. In the process, he became only the 15th Charger ever to surpass the 1,000 yard plateau. Even more surprising, he never reached that mark in high school or college.

So is Williams worried that some may see his 2016 success as an aberration?
“Absolutely not,” the 25-year old said, dripping with sweat following a workout with his teammates. “I don’t even think like that. I put in a lot of work heading into last season, and I’m approaching this year with the same mindset. I have a lot to improve on, so I’m focused on just getting better. Getting 1,000 yards is something I always wanted to get, and I was able to do that my first year really playing.”

A closer look shows he is putting up numbers at a rate rarely seen even with the team’s strong history at the position. Andre Williams is strengthening the exercise. Los Angeles Chargers jersey china

Williams is the first wideout since Vincent Jackson in 2009 to catch a touchdown in four consecutive games. Should he grab another at Carolina on Sunday, he’d be the first Bolt since John Jefferson in 1980 to make it five in a row.

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Between moves to different countries, multiple homeless shelters, group homes and even arrests at a young age, Orlando Franklin has experienced more life-changing events at 27 years old than some will ever in their lifetimes.
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After signing with the Chargers in March, day three of training camp was the first opportunity for left guard Orlando Franklin to put his new team’s pads on.
“It was hot,” Franklin said. “You noticed that right away with walk-throughs, but I think we definitely have a promising team. I think it was a great first day. Are we where we need to be? Probably not, but we have to take care of business and keep on grinding through camp.”

The San Diego Chargers added a versatile and imposing figure to their offensive line Tuesday, agreeing to terms with guard Orlando Franklin on a five-year contract. The 6-7, 320-pounder adds even more beef to a massive line that features the 6-9, 330-pound King Dunlap and 6-5, 339-pound D.J. Fluker.

Not because of the absence of fuel and lost fighting spirit

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The Chargers had big plans for Jeff Cumberland a year ago after signing the former Jet to a one-year contract. Unfortunately, the veteran tight end suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during the second preseason game, ending his 2016 campaign before it began.

The veteran tight end was brought in last year to play a major role alongside Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. Unfortunately, a ruptured Achilles suffered in the second preseason game cost him the entire year. Rivers was always quick to remind them.
Cumberland closes his eyes and can recall every detail from when he suffered his season-ending injury. In fact, it made him question whether he wanted to even continue his career.

Cumberland inked another one-year contract with the Bolts on Wednesday, giving him a second chance to make an impact.

Initially signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Illinois, the 6-4, 260-pound tight end caught 86 passes for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns over 65 career games in New York. After injuries limited Los Angeles Chargers jersey authentic his productivity during his first two seasons, Cumberland caught 29 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. In the process, he was named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner for his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

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Although they spend the majority of their days working out and practicing, football players have taken to alternative methods of fitness to help them achieve their optimal physical shape. While some have dabbled in ballet and yoga, Tyrell Williams and Geremy Davis took Pilates.

Josh Lewin and Jordan Beane recap the Bolts loss to the Panthers and hear from running back Kenneth Farrow inside the locker room.

Kenneth Farrow: After backing up Melvin Gordon for the entire year, Farrow is likely going to get the starting nod on Sunday with Gordon out. Farrow stepped up admirably last Sunday when he was thrust into a more prominent role, gaining over 70 yards on 22 touches. He is listed in just about every fantasy expert’s “sleeper/key waiver addition” article. Jim McCormick of ESPN.com had this to say about Farrow’s matchup this weekend, “Oakland has surrendered 107.5 rushing yards per game to tailbacks this season, third most in the NFL, in addition to the second-most yards per carry to tailbacks (4.68). Getting additional shares of this divisional matchup could prove rewarding.” Farrow is on average going for $5,200 in daily fantasy leagues.

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However, the team stressed having those players go down was not the reason they lost as a number stepped up in their absence. Most notably, running back Kenneth Farrow and cornerback Trovon Reed, who had a clutch interception in the end zone each made his presence felt.Nike Chargers #99 Joey Bosa White Youth Stitched NFL Elite Jersey

“That’s what we’re here to do,” Farrow said. “Everyone in here goes about their business the right way every day, and we make sure to all prepare like we’re going to be the starter.”

The defense shouldered blame for the loss as well. The Chargers have been stout against the run all year, ranking fourth in the NFL allowing only 89.1 yards per game.

They held nine of 12 opponents to under 100 heading into Week 13 before giving up 126 to the Panthers. Still, it should be noted that Carolina had to run the ball 38 times to reach that total, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry.

He won the NFL Rookie Defender’s Player of the Year in October and December 2015

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Bosa led all rookies with 10.5 sacks in only 12 games. In addition, he finished the 2016 season with 48 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 15 QB hits, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. Da’Ron Brown is strengthening the exercise. He put his name on the map on October 9 against the Oakland Raiders where he became the fifth rookie in league history to notch two sacks in his NFL debut.

He earned NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Month honors during October and December, becoming the first Charger to earn the PFWA honor since Shawne Merriman in 2005. Along with the accolade, Bosa is the first Chargers rookie since Merriman to have 10 or more sacks in a season.

When news broke in early summer that tight end Antonio Gates was going to miss the first four games of the season, the biggest question became how the Chargers were going to fill the void of number 85.

“I had conversations with them,” Bosa said. “I had met with Cleveland and everybody at the Draft, and I made a trip out there. I saw some interest. I was not really expecting to end up there, but I definitely saw it as a possibility.”

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson said going back and thinking what could have been “doesn’t really matter.” What does is that number 99 has become one of the most productive playmakers on the Bolts defense.

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The Bolts were confident the other tight ends would step up, and sure enough Ladarius Green, John Phillips and David Johnson rose to the occasion. The trio played a vital role in the team’s 30-27 win against the Cleveland Browns particularly due to the fact that the Bolts were down two receivers in the game.

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Since then, Phillips has contributed when called upon. He set a career-high four receptions in a game last week including a diving, one-handed catch. Against the Browns, he caught a leaping, one-yard touchdown pass in the end zone to put his team up eight points in the fourth quarter.

Second chances in the NFL are uncommon but any player knows that when they arrive, you better make the most of them. Lambo said he wasn’t sure what happened on the first attempt, calling it just a regular miss. However, he mentioned the encouragement of his teammates certainly helped him nail the second.
“They were just (telling me) to stay calm and that I had another shot at it so bang it through the uprights and that’s what I did. Asante Cleveland is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Miami and attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California. You never want to end a game on a miss so thankfully again, I was fortunate enough to get a second try on it and I made the correction and put it through.”
One of those teammates, safety Jimmy Wilson, called Lambo a “hero” and said a win like today’s, especially at the buzzer, is something that will bond the team in the weeks to come.

LaDainian Tomlinson poured his heart and soul on the field for the Chargers over nine seasons

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NFL Hall of Fame running back and former NFL Most Valuable Player, LaDainian Tomlinson, has joined the Los Angeles Chargers as Special Assistant to the owner of the team. Tomlinson, who holds 28 team records as well as the NFL single-season record for rushing touchdowns, will support the organization and expand its community outreach as the franchise continues the transition to Los Angeles.

Losing in the same manner doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, it’s even more infuriating.

“It’s not like they get any better,” Hunter Henry said. “It sucks. Every single one hurts even more because they seem to pile on. It’s just (that) we are right there. It’s just crazy.”

“We have been saying it all year and it is not for a lack of effort,” added Kyle Emanuel. “It is execution. We go out there and guys are playing hard, but for whatever reason, it just hasn’t happened for us. We can sit here and feel sorry for us, but no one else does.”
Rivers and company have been able to move the ball up and cheap chargers jerseys down the field at will most of the year, but the Raiders proved up to the challenge, forcing the Bolts to punt more than they’re accustomed to. Still, the Chargers were able to string together some impressive drives resulting in points.

“We are doing things to be in games at the end, (and) obviously there are things we can clean up during the course of the game, but at the same time they are going to make a play. It really comes down to who makes more plays, or who makes the last play. I think they did a good job at that. We made some good plays as well. They just made more than we did.”

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Jumping into the way-back machine, long-time Chargers fans remember this game due to LaDainian Tomlinson’s historic performance in the Bolts’ 28-14 win. LT’s dominant day started from the get-go as he found the end zone twice in the first quarter. He finished the day with over 200 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

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He wants to make it crystal clear he’s bringing that same passion, dedication and devotion to his new role with the team.

“When Marty first came in, I went up to his office to talk. Right away I could tell he believed in me. Marty was going to build the team around me. He would give me the ball as much as possible. He had a firm belief in the way to win games. I couldn’t have had a better relationship with a coach than I had with Marty.”

Leading an offense is a tough enough challenge in the league, but leading in one of the most hostile environments in the NFL is even more daunting of a task.

In Friday night’s 41-14 loss to the Seahawks, quarterback Kellen Clemens took on the challenge with open arms and led his team to their only scores of the night.

Clemens spent three seasons in St. Louis, starting 12 games and completing 191 of 336 passes with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. While there is a lot of familiarity, it is a unique situation as a lot has changed since his time donning the gold and blue. For instance, the defensive personnel remains but the scheme is completely different under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Philip Rivers is close to the perfect second half

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Allen led the Chargers, snaring a career-high 11 catches for his 121 yards along with two touchdowns. His first was a diving 12-yarder to put the Bolts on the board, while his last touchdown was a 23-yard strike with 3:40 remaining in a must score situation. Those two scores matched his total entering Sunday, and Allen felt poised for a big game based on a strong week of practice and his growing development with Rivers.

After setting two franchise rookie records by recording 1,046 yards and 71 catches in 2013, Keenan Allen is looking to take his game to the next level. A third-round draft pick last season, Allen made a name for himself as the Bolts’ primary receiver after the injury to Malcom Floyd. He finished his rookie season targeted 104 times for eight touchdowns.

The biggest difference between year two from year one for me is that it is more difficult than last year. That’s just the way defenses are playing me with different coverages. I’ve just got to cheap Los Angeles Chargers jerseys get open more. The good news is we have a great group of receivers that are doing well when I get that extra coverage. Malcom and Eddie, plus Antonio and the tight ends, they are all doing a great job. We have an unselfish group. They are all capable of making plays. We are all happy for each other and just want to win so we have to keep it going.

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Finally, Floyd also made history with his big day. His 59-yard catch not only marked the longest reception of his career, but it also passed Vincent Jackson for eighth place in team history for receiving yards. Still, Floyd’s biggest impact might have been on a play that won’t show up in the stat sheet as he drew a key pass interference penalty in the end zone in the final minute to set up Royal’s TD strike. In the end, M-80 explained this is the type of win that shows what the Chargers are all about.

Allen said the one of the biggest differences from year one to year two has dealt with football knowledge. He said he has much more of an understanding of the game. Another difference is his role on the team. Playing alongside veterans like Floyd and Eddie Royal, and with a number of youngsters, he believes the Bolts’ WR group could be one of the best in the NFL.

Philip Rivers had as close to a perfect second half as you could have on Sunday, going 14-of-15 for 185 yards and a touchdown when the Chargers needed him the most. He was 7-for-7 for 92 yards in a third quarter that saw the Bolts score 14 points, then orchestrated an 11 play, 93-yard drive that took up over seven minutes of action. Rivers punctuated that series by checking into a quick screen to Keenan Allen that went for a 29-yard touchdown.

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Having tossed multiple touchdowns in each of the last six games, this week Rivers is facing a Raiders defense that he torched for over 350 yards and four TDs in Week 5. He is listed as a “starter/love” on ESPN.com, CBS.com and Yahoo.com. CBS.com’s Jaimey Eisenberg said of Rivers, “He should be throwing a lot with Melvin Gordon (hip) out, and he has scored at least 22 Fantasy points against Oakland in four of his past six starts.” Rivers is on average going for $7,000 in daily fantasy leagues.

This will be Rivers’ first game in North Carolina since he was in college and many experts envision him having a warm homecoming. Rivers is averaging 279 passing yards per game this year while the Panthers have allowed 277 per game through the air. Both CBS.com and SI.com list him as a starter this week and Michael Beller of SI.com has this to say, “This is another game with a high over/under at 49.5, exactly the sort of context in which Rivers typically thrives. With Tyrell Williams a week healthier and Dontrelle Inman emerging as a legitimate weapon, Rivers should take advantage.” He is on average going for $7,300 in daily fantasy leagues.