The release of the NFL schedule has become one of the dumbest things in sports. Entire multi-hour TV specials are devoted to seeing who plays in primetime, and breaking down which teams have the most advantageous bye weeks. But 2019 was special. It was different. Teams were allowed to have fun on Twitter, and that led to some of the best videos we've seen. Some teams took something so boring and mundane and made them magical, others ... not so much. These were so good we can't stop watching. Los Angeles Chargers — Stock Footage reveal Stock footage is mana from heaven, and the Chargers nailed it. The whole thing has this very Tim and Eric vibe to it, which I really appreciate — and it's so janky
SportsPulse: The NFL schedule is out and we couldn't be more excited about the ridiculousness of it all. USA TODAY's Trysta Krick breaks down the biggest storylines from the schedule. The 2019 NFL regular-season schedules for all 32 teams (all times ET). *Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change Buffalo Bills Sept. 8 at New York Jets 1:00 Sept. 15 at New York Giants 1:00 Sept. 22 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 Sept. 29 New England Patriots 1:00 Oct. 6 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 Bye Oct. 20 Miami Dolphins 1:00 Oct. 27 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 Nov. 3 Washington Redskins 1:00 Nov. 10 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 Nov. 17 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 Nov. 24 Denver Broncos 1:00 Nov. 28 at Dallas
The goal for the Chargers this season is not only to make the playoffs, but to make a Super Bowl run. Los Angeles finished the 2018 campaign 12-4 with some momentum on their side, despite losing to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round. But extending that win total might be difficult with the schedule the team received. Now that the complete 2019 schedule has been released, let's take a way-too-early look at how the Bolts might finish the upcoming season. Week 1 vs. Indianapolis Colts — WIN (1-0) Quarterback Andrew Luck found his groove in 2018 after dealing with some nagging which kept him from playing at a high level. The Colts possess the best rookie from last season in linebacker Darius
Anthony Lynn knows that sometimes the best players on the Chargers draft board will not always correspond to his team's immediate needs. The Chargers coach told the story during the combine about his first year with the Chargers in 2017 when he said the team needed help on defense. The Chargers' first three selections ended up being offensive players because they were the best players.
Travis Benjamin's roster spot is reportedly safe for 2019. The speedy wideout and the Chargers agreed to a one-year extension that runs through the 2020 season, ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday. The new deal will benefit both sides, according to Yates. Benjamin will get a $3 million signing bonus, but his base salary for 2019 drops from $5.25 million to $1 million, which will create $2.75 million in cap space for the Chargers. By making this accommodation, Benjamin's 2019 roster spot is secured and he will receive $3 million guaranteed. The final year on Benjamin's four-year contract was non-guaranteed. Heading into the offseason, Benjamin was viewed as a potential cap casualty. The Chargers
Quarterback forecasts for Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Kyler Murray...and more quick hits from around the league. 1. The $45 million man? This is, without question, the era of the big-money quarterback. Decades from now, when we look back at this period of NFL history, we will marvel at the money. The cash. The bucks. The lolly. This list of average annual salaries, composed by The MMQB's Albert Breer, is simply staggering: That's an increase of more than $10 million per year in just three years. At the time, Luck's deal was seen as huge. Now, it's like quarterback minimum wage. The Wilson extension (four years, $140 million) is huge, but in just a few years, it will pale in
Chargers' Williams signs tender, Benjamin gets extension Cornerback Trevor Williams signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Los Angeles Chargers and wide receiver Travis Benjamin agreed to a one-year extension Tuesday that frees up cap space for the team. Williams, 25, will have a base salary of $2.025 million in his fourth NFL season. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016, he emerged as a starter in 2017 and remained there before being hurt midway through 2018. Benjamin, 29, also is coming off a year disrupted by injury. His restructured deal includes an increased signing bonus and decreased 2019 salary, giving the Chargers slightly less than $3 million in additional cap room. Also
A six-pack of Dolphins notes on a Tuesday night: ▪ The Dolphins decided replacing center Mike Pouncey with Daniel Kilgore last year would be a virtual wash, that they would be getting a similar player who would be cheaper and less injury-prone. It didn't work out that way. While Pouncey played generally effectively in all 16 games for the Chargers, Kilgore tore his triceps in the fourth game, missing the rest of the season. Kilgore was made available to reporters on Tuesday for the first time since last September and said he's fully healthy but that the Dolphins have not conveyed to him whether he will be on the team (it appears very likely he will be) or if he's part of the plan moving forward.
The start of voluntary offseason workouts often brings word of players who aren't attending because of contract spats or a desire to work out on their own. Contract spats can get going when a player is entering the final year of his current deal and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is in that position right now. That's led to a lot of discussion about an extension with the team, but nothing has been finalized at this point. That's not the reason why Rivers isn't with the team for their first week of offseason work, however. Head coach Anthony Lynn said that Rivers is away from the team for family reasons. “He does a family vacation around Easter every year,” Lynn said, via the Los Angeles Daily
As the Chargers prepare for the NFL draft, The Times will examine their roster. Instead of an Achilles' heel, the Chargers had an Achilles' entire foot for far too long. After arriving in Week 6 following an injury to Caleb Sturgis, Badgley eventually won the starting job and settled what had been the Chargers' most turbulent position over the past two seasons.
Under contract for 2019: Wide receiver Keenan Allen ($12.15 million), wide receiver Travis Benjamin ($6.5 million), wide receiver Mike Williams ($5,386,379), tight end Virgil Green ($3.3 million), tight end Henry ($2,030,098), wide receiver Geremy Davis ($730,000), tight end Sean Culkin ($649,000), tight end Vince Mayle ($645,000), wide receiver Dylan Cantrell ($570,000), wide receiver Andre Patton ($495,000), wide receiver Artavis Scott ($495,000), tight end Austin Roberts ($495,000), wide receiver Justice Liggins ($495,000).
Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Seahawks for Tacoma News Tribune for six seasons. Played college football at University of Puget Sound Follow on Twitter LOS ANGELES -- Looking north atop the bowl of his team's new stadium, Los Angeles Rams chief of football operations Kevin Demoff smiled when asked about the prospects of his team playing a game here in a little over a year. "This project is really going to become the epicenter of Los Angeles, certainly from an entertainment perspective," Demoff said. "It's one of the largest construction projects in the city. When the NFL envisioned coming back to Los Angeles, this is exactly what they had in mind. "I think they take great pride
With the release of every NFL team's regular season schedule Wednesday came some insanely creative promotional videos. Here are a few of the best ones from around the league.
28. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-5) LAST SEASON: Chargers made playoffs for first time since 2013 and tied for best record in AFC. They had seven players selected to Pro Bowl, including safety and first-round pick Derwin James, one of top rookies last season. Chargers won nine straight games played outside of Los Angeles before losing to New England in divisional round FREE AGENCY: Los Angeles did not have much cap room to play with, but was able to get experienced linebacker in Thomas Davis and retained safety Adrian Phillips, who was All-Pro selection for special teams. Biggest losses took place on defensive line as tackles Damion Square, Darius Philon and Corey Liuget departed. THEY NEED: DT,