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Is Mike Williams Finally Starting to Become a Star for the Chargers?

It may have taken awhile, and if you checked a site like www.beabetterbettor.com it was probably pretty unlikely after a really tough start, but it is looking more and more like Chargers wideout Mike Williams is turning into the teams’ biggest offensive playmaker.

In Sunday’s 35-23 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, a game in which the Chargers were a touchdown underdog, in most betting circles, Williams was very good, making four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Williams is making a believer out of the Chargers coaches and even out of the person that is throwing him passes and making him better, that being quarterback Philip Rivers.

“He played big and strong and made some big plays,” Rivers said. “He’s only going to continue to be more and more of a factor for us.”

The 2017 season was a rough one for Williams, as pretty much from the moment he was drafted he battled injuries. Last year he had just 11 catches for 95 yards without a score.

He caught a touchdown in the Chargers Week two win at Buffalo, and already here in 2018 he has 11 catches for 189 with three scores, and just looks like a much better and more confident wide out.

“He’s going to continue to do this,” said Rivers, pointing his hand upward when asked about Williams. “Gosh, he played big and strong, and made a handful of big plays, and obviously the touchdowns. He’s going to continue to be more of a factor for us.”

The athleticism that Williams brings to the Chargers cannot be denied. He’s 6′ 4″, 220 pounds, and the former Clemson wide out might just be ready for a breakout season that the Chargers waited a season for after he was taken in the first round with the seventh overall pick last season in the draft.

Expect Rivers and Williams to continue to build on the relationship they have already started, and with the way that the 2018 season has started, it could be a big season for Williams, showing again that a first-round pick has paid off for the Bolts.

Without the Pass Rushing Skills of Joey Bosa, the Chargers Can’t Get Any Heat on the QB

Not many people expected the Los Angeles Chargers to go into Los Angeles (huh) and beat their cross town rivals the Rams on Sunday.

Most betting sites such as www.canadasportsbetting.ca had the Chargers as a full seven-point favorite as they took the field Sunday.

So it was not much of a surprise in the outcome and that the Chargers, while putting up 23 points, were not able to keep up, as they fell eventually 35-23.

When you look at the betting lines for this upcoming week, the Chargers will be at home against the San Francisco 49’ers, a team that is going to be in severe transition as they lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn ACL on Sunday in a loss to the Chiefs.

The early line for the game against the 49’ers has the Chargers favored by 9.5 points, a healthy number for the week four battle in Los Angeles.

Back to Sunday though, one of the biggest keys to the setback to the Rams was the Chargers inability to pressure Rams quarterback Jared Goff, and without Bolts pass rusher Joey Bosa, just were unable to get much heat on the Rams high powered thrower.

Goff was good all day, as he hit on 13 of his first 14 passes and 29 of 36 overall.

It was obvious the team missed Bosa, and by in large Goff was just too much for the Chargers and they just could not keep up when it came to matching points.

“You can’t give a team like that nothing,” coach Anthony Lynn said. “Their offense is very good. We couldn’t get off the field. We didn’t put enough pressure on the quarterback.”

The team is going to have to find different ways to get to the quarterback, and the latest is that Bosa and his bone bruise in his left foot will not allow him back to playing till sometime in October.

Defensive schemes, possible players sitting out there, or maybe even a trade? Those are about the only things the team can do different. Until then, the Bolts corners will be tested week in a week out no matter who the opposing quarterback is.

Video: Chargers Can’t Keep Up with High-Powered Rams in 35-23 Setback

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon Proving His Worth Not Only as a Runner But Also as a Pass Catcher

If the first two weeks are going to serve as a harbinger for the rest of the season, defensive coordinators are going to have another concern when figuring out how to defend Melvin Gordon.

The Chargers running back leads the team in receptions with 15 after the first two games. Gordon had six receptions for 38 yards in Sunday’s 31-20 win at Buffalo with two of his three touchdowns coming on catches

It is the second time in the past two seasons that Gordon has had a two-game stretch of 15 receptions, but it appears as if he is being counted on more as a receiving option.

Quarterback Philip Rivers said after Sunday’s game that Gordon’s development has been a gradual build and that he has embraced the passing game more.

When Gordon was drafted by the Chargers in 2015, Danny Woodhead was the prime receiving option out of the backfield. When Woodhead got injured in 2016, Gordon had to learn on the fly.

“I think now he’s at a point where he sees the running back as a three-down position and also who cares how you get the touches,” said Rivers, who threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns. “It’s not a 25-carry, 150-yard league anymore. It’s a 16 carries, seven receptions. How many touches does he get for 150? I mean you see it around the league the best backs that’s what they do, I think he also has embraced that.”

Gordon’s two touchdown catches came on different routes. On the first one with 10:43 remaining in the second quarter, he sold the play action and then beat Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds on an out route for a 9-yard score. The second one was wheel route on third-and-goal from the Bills’ 2 where he got separation from linebacker Matt Milano.

“He had his play action, he made sure he checked his protection. He got out and separated in a hurry,” said Rivers of the first touchdown. “I was really getting ready to throw that to Tyrell (Williams). Then I was like, Oh, there’s Melvin, mid-delivery. That was nice by him.”

Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that when he was hired by the Chargers last year he saw that Gordon had excellent hands and was developing as a route runner.

“Just with studying the 2016 tape when I first came, I thought, ‘This guy catches the ball a lot better than I thought.’ Then he backed it up,” Lynn said. “Sometimes, the best matchup might be Melvin on a linebacker as opposed to (wide receiver) Keenan (Allen) on a cornerback.”

Gordon sustained an upper body injury that kept him out for most of the fourth quarter, but Lynn said he should be ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Running backs have accounted for three of Rivers’ six touchdown passes this season. Austin Ekeler had a TD catch in the Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. Ekeler was the Chargers’ leading rusher at Buffalo with 77 yards on 11 carries while Gordon had nine carries for 28 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown during the first quarter.

The Chargers offense will face a big test this week, going up against an unbeaten Rams defense that hasn’t allowed a point in six quarters and only one touchdown this season. There will also be more hype to the game locally since it matches two Los Angeles NFL teams for the first time since 1994, when the Rams faced the Raiders.

With the 1-1 Chargers having a “home” game in London next month, the short road trip is welcomed by players and the coaching staff.

“It’s kind of a home game, but it’s going to be on their turf. We’re going to stay downtown and treat it like it’s an away game and go through our normal ‘away’ routine,” Lynn said.

Chargers Safety Jaylen Watkins Tears ACL, Out for the Season

The Chargers got some awful news regarding the injury to veteran safety Jaylen Watkins, that being is that he suffered a torn ACL and is going to miss the entire 2018 season.

The injury took place in the last preseason game against the Seahawks. Watkins got the start over Desmond King, Derwin James, and Rayshawn Jenkins.

Chargers DE Joey Bosa Suffers Left Foot Injury in Practice

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa suffered a left foot injury during the 11-on-11 team drills in practice on Tuesday, Eric Williams of ESPN reports.

Afterward, Bosa hobbled off the field on his own and spent the rest of practice receiving treatment from the team’s training staff.

The No. 3 overall selection of the 2016 draft, Bosa led the Chargers in sacks last season with 12.5, and he is one-half of the Chargers’ talented pass-rush tandem that includes Melvin Ingram, who finished with 10.5 sacks last year.

Bosa played a full, 16-game season for the first time in his NFL career in 2017, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. The Ohio State product missed the first four games of his rookie season with a hamstring issue after sitting out of training camp because of a contract dispute

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Chargers WR Mike Williams Ranked 30th in Terms of Best 2nd WR Options in the NFL

While the Chargers offense is a work in progress as the 2018 season gets closer, one player who is getting no love is that of wide receiver Mike Williams.
Website NumberFire.com says that Williams ranked 30th when it comes to ranking teams’ second wide outs in the NFL.

Here’s what they had to say about Ross.

Mike Williams has capped upside for many of the same reasons John Ross does. His poor rookie year (mostly due to injury) is still a strong predictor of his future outcomes. While the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense should be stout in 2018, Tyrell Williams is a great late-round pick and is actually my favorite play among the wideouts behind Keenan Allen in this attack. Both Ross and Mike Williams each had questionable college production profiles entering the draft. It will be interesting to see how much leash their draft equity continues to provide for them.

Chargers Superfan ‘Boltman’ Announces Retirement; Selling Suit and ‘Intellectual Property’

If you’ve always wanted to be the superfan of a team – and more so the superfan of the Chargers, well the opportunity is wide open for doing so!

The Chargers ‘superfan’ known as ‘Boltman’ is stepping down, and in true American fashion, he’s decided to sell the costume as well as “full intellectual property rights to the Boltman character” to some lucky fan who has too much free time.

Dan Jauregui, who dressed up as the character, sent out an email to media members last week announcing his retirement.

San Diego Union-Tribune – In a statement emailed to media members Thursday, Dan Jauregui announced he was retiring as Boltman, the unofficial mascot of the Chargers, and plans to auction off the character.

Jauregui said he has listed the costume and “full intellectual property rights to the Boltman character” on eBay. There is a reserve price of $5,000, plus $600 for shipping. Half the proceeds will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

“It has been a great ride and experience for me as I played the role of the mascot character Boltman for over 22 years,” said Jauregui, a Ramonaresident, in his statement. “But the time has now come for me to pass the baton to a true Chargers fan in Los Angeles or San Diego or perhaps even to the Los Angeles Chargers. …

“Dean Spanos and the Chargers have a unique opportunity to extend an olive branch to San Diego fans by bringing Boltman back to the field where he belongs,” Jauregui said. “Boltman belongs alongside the historic Chargers’ Canon (sic) and the Charger Girls as the team gets back to its quest for a Super Bowl title.”