As Fantasy Football drafts near, many are looking for wide receivers to see an uptick in production in 2019. Since the NFL landscape has changed mightily since the end of 2018, especially at receiver, there are a few that will ascend the ranks at the position in terms of target share. Here are five of those receivers, in no particular order. 5. Will Fuller – Houston Texans This one is all about injuries. Every time Will Fuller hits the field, the speed merchant wows with his big plays and incredible touchdown rate (four in 32 catches in 2018). He's also built up a rapport with quarterback Deshaun Watson. Per Pro Football Focus, the quarterback has a 138.2 passer rating when targeting Fuller.
COSTA MESA — Football players rarely admit there's a backup plan. The mentality is to make the 53-man roster and don't worry about the what-ifs. Troymaine Pope wasn't brought up that way. Making the Chargers' active roster for Week 1 is Pope's top priority, but he always has a Plan B. Pope's mother, Tracey, taught him at an early age that providing for family comes before personal goals. That's why Pope worked as a cashier and stocker at a Walmart, even though he was busy setting rushing records at Jacksonville State. Pope holds Jacksonville State's single-season rushing record, but those 1,788 yards he recorded in 2015 weren't going to provide for his daughter, Cassidy. After going undrafted
He had an accomplished career at Notre Dame as a defender and now plays linebacker in the NFL. And this is a guy who at one time used defense as a chance to rest. Playing high school football in Indiana, Drue Tranquill starred as a wildcat quarterback, running back and receiver, scoring 33 touchdowns as a senior. In one game, he had 245 yards rushing. After all that running around on offense, Tranquill attempted to sneak in a few deep breaths from his linebacker position when the Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers switched to defense. “Defense was where I tried to take a play off or two,” he said. “I was pretty good on offense. Partly, I was just bigger than a lot of my competition. I loved offense.
Chargers safety Derwin James had surgery Thursday to repair the stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports. Noted foot surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in Green Bay. The Chargers will place James on injured reserve in Week One, leaving open the possibility for a [more]
Melvin Gordon's prolonged holdout and Derwin James' foot injury in L.A., Antonio Brown's head-to-toe spectacle in Oakland, and a spinning turnstile of head coaches and quarterbacks in Denver all complicate efforts to unseat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Patrick Mahomes, the MVP who threw for 5,000-plus yards and 50 touchdowns in his first season as a starter, never touched the ball in overtime of the AFC championship because Kansas City's defenders couldn't get off the field against the Patriots after New England won the coin toss.
Week 3 of the preseason is considered by many the “dress rehearsal game.” Starters see about a half's worth of the game before being rested for the final six quarters of the preseason. The Chargers, however, are unlikely to take that approach and will choose to not play their starters Saturday against the Seahawks. Coach Anthony Lynn is still sticking to his guns when he said back in June that he's likely to take a conservative approach throughout the four-game slate. Following Thursday's practice, Lynn said that quarterback Philip Rivers has not asked him to play this weekend. The only starter that will play see the field in a limited capacity is cornerback Casey Hayward. Lynn said that Hayward
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Dontrelle Inman is returning to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers announced Thursday that they signed the wide receiver. Inman played 41 games for the team from 2014 to '17. He was traded to Chicago in 2017 and played for Indianapolis last season. He was in New England's training camp before being released Aug. 18. Inman's best season was with the Chargers in 2016, when he had 58 receptions for 810 yards and four touchdowns. He has caught 158 passes for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns in five seasons. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Drew Brees has had a long and storied career going back even before he joined the New Orleans Saints, having entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick by the then-San Diego Chargers (who now play in Los Angeles). With Philip Rivers, a rookie at the time, next to him and a 41-year old Doug Flutie on top of the depth chart, it was a quarterbacks room that could maybe go against any other in league history. That kind of locker room chemistry is something else; Fluties, the accomplished NFL veteran and one of the league's oldest players, surrounded by fresh-faced college prospects in Brees and Rivers. Brees shared a story on The Rich Eisen Show about how he and Rivers used to get the better of
Lessons from Chargers preseason loss against Saints - William Struthers The running back room is still without Melvin Gordon, but they had a decent showing on Sunday, especially considering their offensive line wasn't much help. With Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler locking up the first and second string spots, a lot of people expected Detrez Newsome to be the third player to round out the group; instead, Troymaine Pope showed that might not be the case. Chargers' Anthony Lynn explains why LB Denzel Perryman didn't start - Gavino Borquez Coach Anthony Lynn was asked why the former Miami product didn't see the field until late in the game and he told reporters that he was playing in the fourth
Out of the Chargers' 2019 draft selections, all have made their professional preseason debut with the exception of one. Second-round pick free safety Nasir Adderley has been a non-participant throughout the majority of the spring and summer, dealing with a hamstring issue but it appears he's making strides to return soon. Adderley was back at practice wearing a helmet on Tuesday, per ESPN's Eric D. Williams. Williams didn't say if he participated in any drills, but it's promising to know that he is finally out there with the team. Prior to the second preseason matchup against the Saints, Adderley was spotted running sprints, and he was moving well. Coach Anthony Lynn has said that he doesn't
Looks like Chris Brown is getting ready to turn the “heat” up soon. The R&B superstar recently teamed up with ATL artist Gunna to shoot the music video for their new Indigo collab “Heat.” While on set at the Indigo clothing store, the two show off their drip & strike a pose next to their dancers. Meanwhile a video clip shows Gunna getting freaky with his sexy co-star in a dressing room, and Breezy doubles his pleasure with two women. The photos were first teased by production company Riveting Entertainment, who shared the photos from set, writing, “COMING SOON.” In other news, Breezy just kicked off his “INDIGOAT Tour,” last night in Portland which will feature special guest appearances from
The preseason can be dull and an exercise in avoiding injury. The scheme is vanilla; the product is poor; and the players get hurt. Yet these games are everything for players trying to make an NFL roster. Furthermore, opponents are often so stacked at one position that you get to see the Seattle Seahawks' third stringers go up against one of the league's best. We're talking about teams with guys who will be troublesome in the fourth quarter. Dudes on the bottom end of the roster that will get cut and then immediately be picked up by another team. Think peak-Seattle depth, when the waiving of guys like Jaye Howard and Spencer Ware was made to look foolish—both by the pesky Chiefs. This Preseason
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