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New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Chargers fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Ryan Mathews to also become THE face of the Chargers.
The contest, which is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com or through New Era’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Chargers faithfuls to submit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Melvin Ingram sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during OTA practice today. No other information was released.
— San Diego Chargers (@chargers) May 15, 2013
The news could be disaster for the Chargers, who could lose their first round draft pick from a season ago, that being defensive end/LB Melvin Ingram.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Ingram suffered a potentially serious knee injury today, and the Bolts are fearing it’s a torn ACL.
If their fears are confirmed, then the season is over before it started for Ingram. For now, he is still having tests done to see exactly what the injury is.
No word as to how Ingram suffered the injury during non-contact OTA’s.
With Ingram possibly out for the year, the Chargers could take a look at former Falcons DE John Abraham.
The #Chargers could look at John Abraham.
— Christopher Hansen (@ChrisHansenNFL) May 14, 2013
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Former Colts tackle Winston Justice spoke today to the Chargers about the shot to join the team for 2013.
This is a somewhat curious move as Justice is a right tackle and the Chargers just used the No.11 overall pick in the April draft on right tackle D.J. Fluker.
The Chargers main need on the offensive line is protecting Philip Rivers’ blind side at left tackle. Justice has played some guard before, and the Chargers are needy inside, as well. It can only be assumed that Fluker will get a shot at the left tackle job.
The Chargers are still looking for help on their offensive line, this after they lost out on Bryant McKinnie, who went back to the Ravens. With that, the team spoke to free agent OT Max Starks on Wednesday.
Starks is 31 years old, and has started 51 games for the Steelers over the past four seasons, but the team showed no interest in bringing him back.
GM Tom Telesco called Ryan Mathews a “playmaker” and said he expects “big things” from the fourth-year running back during a conference call with season ticket holders according to Ricky Henne of chargers.com.
The new Chargers front office has shown total support for Mathews since taking over from Norv Turner and AJ Smith but, in reality, they have no choice. The Chargers have one of the NFL’s least-talented rosters and Mathews might be the cream of the crop despite his inability to stay healthy.
Telesco called Mathews a “great kid” who “works extremely hard,” and said the Colts would “game plan around” Mathews when Telesco worked in Indy’s front office.
At the Combine, Telesco went so far as to suggest injury-prone Mathews would be San Diego’s 2013 “bellcow” runner. The only notable backfield addition has been passing-down specialist Danny Woodhead, giving Mathews perhaps his final opportunity to prove himself an NFL lead back.