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Chargers WR Keenan Allen Not Happy with His Madden 20 Ranking

Today is a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and one Los Angeles Chargers player is not happy with his ranking, that being wide out Keenan Allen.

Allen is the 13th highest ranked wide out in the league, but he feels disrespected by the fact his route running was given a low mark.

He let the world know about that today on Twitter in this video:

You can see all of the Chargers rankings for each player HERE.

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Los Angeles Chargers

Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Los Angeles Chargers

00:47 – 4-Minute Offense
2:28 – Positional Breakdown
8:10 – Hunt’s Playbook
11:55 – Fantasy Focus
14:44 – Best Bets
15:21 – Training Camp Quick Takes
17:59 – Road to the Super Bowl

After Throwing Out Threats – RB Melvin Gordon Says He Wants to End Up with the Chargers

Despite threatening to hold out into the regular season and/or demanding a trade if he does not get a new long term deal, running back Melvin Gordon says he “wants to end up with the Chargers” according to Bobby Belt of NFL Network.

“I want to end up with the Chargers,” Gordon said. “That’s my home. That’s the team that blessed me with an opportunity, and I can’t forget that. But like I said, I know I’m in an opportunity right now where I know I have to take advantage of it, and I want to get paid.”

The 26-year-old Gordon is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal. The two sides have a few weeks to ge something done before training camp begins in late July but thus far the negotiations appear to be going nowhere.

Gordon is currently scheduled to make $5.6 million in 2019.

Melvin Gordon Wants a New Deal or Else – Chargers Need to Pay the Man

After four seasons in the NFL in which he’s never played 16 regular season games, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wants a new contract, or he will not report to training camp and he will demand a trade.

The 26-year-old back is scheduled to be heading into the last year of his contract, a fifth-year option worth $5.6 million.

While it might seem on paper not a good move for the Chargers to give Gordon what he wants, they have to be realistic that if they want to remain a Super Bowl contender, the best move for the club is to ante up and pay the back.

Gordon played in 12 games last season. He ran for an average of 5.1 yards and averaged 114.6 scrimmage yards per game last season scoring 18 times.

He’s also been to a pair of Pro Bowls, and is by far and away the best Charger back since LaDainian Tomlinson.

He is also sorely underpaid by the standards of other NFL workhorse running backs.

Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell
– all three-down backs who are getting paid substantially more than Gordon. Bell inked an offseason deal with the Jets for $52.5 million over four years and up to $61 million with incentives.

Would Gordon give the Chargers a hometown discount? Of course they are going to try, and maybe Gordon will give it to them.

If not, they still need to get him a new deal.

There’s too much on the line for this team to have this big of a distraction, and a thing like this can put this team behind the 8-ball before camp and run to the Super Bowl even starts.

Three Questions About the Chargers as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Chargers went 12-4 and made it to the AFC Divisional round, there’s a level of excitement about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into early February.

1. Not Living Off 2018

Yes this franchise won 13 games total last year, but every year is brand new and they have to remember that they can’t just assume you can throw your helmet on the field and win.

A strong training camp and good work during the preseason will be important for this team, and getting some early success will go a long way.

2. Keeping Melvin Fresh

Last season Melvin Gordon yet again got injured, and the focus of the run game went to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

It will be critical for this team to do what they can to keep Gordon healthy, even if it means taking him out at times and giving some chances to Ekeler and Jackson at important times during early season affairs.

3. A Quick Start

The team started 2018 at 1-2 and then went on a huge run that saw them go 11-2 the rest of the regular season. The first five games will be critical as even with three of them at home, they feature playoff teams like the Colts and Texans.

The Lions, Broncos and Dolphins are also in the mix, games that the Bolts will be favored and should win. They can’t fail early in 2019.

Video: Are the Chargers Ready to Take the Next Step Towards a Super Bowl in 2019?

The Chargers didn’t make any big splash moves in the offseason, but a solid draft will help Los Angeles stay towards the top of the AFC playoff hunt.

Bolts Strengthen Their D-Line, Bring Back Damion Square on a One-Year Deal

The Chargers are always looking to add depth to a roster that is going to be called upon this season to stop the likes of Pat Mahomes and Derek Carr, and Tuesday they did add a piece with the signing of defensive lineman Damion Square.

Square is a versatile defensive lineman that can add to the teams’ defensive unit, and is aboard with another one-year deal.

If you look at sites like bowl-betting.pro, the Chargers are in most cases second-place in the AFC West, behind the Chiefs who took the Patriots to overtime in the AFC Title game before falling and eventually watching as New England won the Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams.

Square, who joined the Chargers in 2014, has played in every game the past two seasons and started 11 in 2018. He’s listed as a defensive tackle, but has contributed as a nose tackle and defensive end, showing again that he is of value because he can play a couple positions on the roster.

The Chargers have done a nice job this offseason adding to their defensive line. They already went out and re-signed Brandon Mebane to a two-year deal.

The one player they still may bring back is Corey Liuget, who was drafted by the Chargers in the first round in 2011, is currently a free agent, but it seems like it would not be a surprise to see the two sides eventually come to a deal before the start of the 2019 campaign.

The Bolts did not bring back Darius Philon, who signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, a decent player but not a massive loss for the franchise.

The Chargers have also added a big piece on the line, drafting in the first round defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

He was selected with the 28th overall pick in last month’s NFL draft. The newest Bolt has been nursing a shoulder injury and won’t be available until July at the earliest as the team starts to get ready for the season.

Square has been effective in his time with the Chargers since he came to the team as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 out of the University of Alabama.

Right now Square is listed third on the depth chart in terms of playing nose tackle for the Bolts, and there’s no doubt that with a solid amount of playing time, he can be an even bigger asset to the Chargers for the 2019 season.

Philip Rivers Says He’s Staying Put with the Chargers in 2020

Veteran Philip Rivers says he has “every intention to be the Chargers quarterback in 2020” according to an interview on Xtra 1360.

Rivers and the Chargers are likely eyeing a contract extension in the near future, but he said he is not under immediate stress or urgency to reach a new deal. If an agreement isn’t reached, Rivers will play out the final year of his contract in 2019 while earning $19 million, but it would be shocking if the two parties don’t reach a deal before he becomes a free agent.

The 37-year-old Rivers has been the Chargers’ starting quarterback since 2006 and has not miss a single game in 13 seasons. 2018 was another great year for him as he threw for 4308 yards, 32 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions, and a stellar completion percentage of 68.3.