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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.

Chargers Draft Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery with Pick 28 in the NFL Draft

The Chargers added to their defensive line on Thursday night in Nashville, grabbing Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery with the 28th overall pick.

“He was (the last one),” Chargers GM Tom Telesco told the media Thursday night.

“He was it, which I give our scouts credit. They saw him, they liked him. They had him in the right spot for us. Everybody’s board is a little bit different, but also, knowing with the 28th pick that we got a guy that we feel is a solid first round player.

“You don’t always get that at the 28th pick. I told everybody, ‘We may have to (select) a guy on our board that is (a) top of the second round player with the first pick if we can’t trade out.’ I had no problem with that at all, but it worked out that Jerry was there — and we took him.”

Tillery’s production frequently fails to match his skill set, and his inconsistency is frustrating, but there’s a lot to like about his upside.

He’s a well-built defensive tackle with excellent length and top-end speed. His vertical jump (32 inches) and short shuttle (4.33) results were outstanding, and those tests tend to correlate with defensive tackles succeeding in the NFL. He flashes as a pass-rusher and stacks blockers in the running game.

Check out the Complete 2019 Los Angeles Chargers Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Chargers fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Bolts slate!

Sept. 8 Indianapolis Colts 4:05
Sept. 15 at Detroit Lions 1:00
Sept. 22 Houston Texans 4:25
Sept. 29 at Miami Dolphins 1:00
Oct. 6 Denver Broncos 4:05
Oct. 13 Pittsburgh Steelers* 8:20
Oct. 20 at Tennessee Titans 4:05
Oct. 27 at Chicago Bears 1:00
Nov. 3 Green Bay Packers 4:25
Nov. 7 at Oakland Raiders (Thu) 8:20
Nov. 18 Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico) 8:15
Bye
Dec. 1 at Denver Broncos 4:25
Dec. 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05
Dec. 15 Minnesota Vikings* 8:20
Dec. 21 or 22 Oakland Raiders TBD
Dec. 29 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00

Chargers Attempting to Re-Sign LB Denzel Perryman Before the Start of Free Agency

If the Los Angeles Chargers have their way, middle linebacker Denzel Perryman won’t hit the open market when the league’s new calendar year begins, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says that the club is trying to sign Perryman to a new deal before the start of the new league year, which is set to start next Wednesday, and if you check any online sportsbooks if he hits the free agent market it would make him that much tougher to re-sign.

Perryman has been very good in his time with the Bolts when healthy, but sadly for him as well as the Chargers having him 100 percent has been a huge problem.

Last season Perryman played only nine games last year due to a knee injury and he was limited to seven games in 2017 after opening the regular season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

If the Bolts can get the deal done, it would have to come with a raise. Last year Perryman made a base salary of $1 million in the final year of his contract.

Perryman has been very good against the run, but again it’s all about being healthy and trying to stay on the field, as playing in just 20 games over three seasons just isn’t going to get it done.

That’s not going to stop the Chargers from trying to sign Perryman before next Wednesday, it all know comes down to the offer as well as what the middle linebacker thinks he might be worth on the open market if he chooses to go that route.

SB Nation NFL Mock Draft Has Chargers Taking West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste in Round One

The NFL Draft is still 66 days away, but already there’s plenty of mock drafts and projections as to what teams are going to do once Roger Goodell takes the platform in Nashville, Tennessee and gets booed as he does every year.

The Bolts are sitting at number 28 in the first round, and will look to improve the team to try and make a run at the AFC West Title in 2019.

As far as projections go, SB Nation today released their first Mock Draft for April’s big event, and they have the Bolts going offensive tackle in the first round, taking West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste.

Right tackle turned out to be a big problem for the Chargers with Sam Tevi starting. Whether it’s in free agency or the draft, Los Angeles should seek an upgrade this offseason. That player could be Cajuste, who would have to move to the right side after starting at left tackle last season for the Mountaineers. If Los Angles doesn’t re-sign Darius Philon, defensive line becomes a must.

Chargers GM Says Signing WR Tyrell Williams Will be a Challenge

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco admits it may not be ‘realistic” for the team to re-sign impending free agent wide receiver Tyrell Williams according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.

Williams has been a valuable weapon since signing with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon in 2015 but he wants to be paid like a No.1 wideout and the Chargers have far more pressing needs.

They already have a No.1 in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, who the team drafted No.7-overall out of Clemson in 2017, had a breakout sophomore season with eleven total touchdowns in 16 games.

It makes little sense for the Chargers to get into a bidding war for a player that would probably be third on their depth chart in 2019.

That does not mean that numerous teams won’t be hot on Williams’ trail this offseason. The 26-year-old is in the prime, has not missed a game in the past three seasons, and has a 1,000-yard season on his resume despite being a role player for most of his Chargers career. A receiver-needy team like the Cardinals, Seahawks, Colts, or 49ers could make great use of his skillset.