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Chargers TE Hunter Henry Suffers Season Ending Injury During OTA’s

The news today is not good for Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, as ESPN reports that the he suffered a torn ACL during OTAs, ending his season before it started.

Henry suffered the season-ending injury during a drill, going down untouched while running downfield, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He will have a second opinion Wednesday, the source said.

It’s a significant loss for the Chargers, who was set to assume the main pass-catching role with Antonio Gates not on their roster for the first time since 2003.

Henry had 45 catches for 579 yards and four TDs in 2017, his second season out of Arkansas. He averaged 12.9 yards per reception last season, the third-most among tight ends behind only Rob Gronkowski (15.7) and Vernon Davis (15.1).

Gates, meanwhile, remains unsigned.

Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn Goes Back and Graduates College, Just as He Promised His Mom He Would

All the way back in 1992, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn left Texas Tech University six hours short of a degree in exercise sports science. Lynn soon embarked on a professional football career, which eventually ended in 1999. Since then, Lynn has been coaching in some capacity every single season.

But as a young man, he promised his mother he would graduate. This weekend, he did just that, Jared Dubin of CBS Sports reports.

More than 25 years after he was originally scheduled to do so, Lynn received his degree. He got the hours he needed from UNLV, and on Saturday he walked down the aisle to receive his bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies.

Lynn’s mother, Betty Jackson, was in attendance. So were his wife and daughter, as well as Chargers chairman Dean Spanos and Spanos’ wife. The Spanoses lent Lynn their jet in order to attend the ceremony, for which he will miss two days of Chargers rookie minicamp, according to ESPN.com.

Video: Chargers CB Casey Hayward on Rookie Derwin James and the Teams’ Outlook for 2018

The Chargers had a big night at the draft, and one of their studs took to NFL Network to chat about it, as Casey Hayward spoke about the pickup of rookie Derwin James, as well as how the team is preparing for the AFC West this upcoming season.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry ‘Ready to Step Up’ in 2018

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry says he is “ready to step up” with perennial Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates not returning in 2018 according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times.

On Friday the Chargers announced they would move on from Gates, who had been with the organization since 2003. While Henry talked about how “incredible” it was to play with a future Hall of Famer, he said he is ready to take over. Fantasy owners who saw him post a 45/579/4 line on just 62 targets last year are also ready to see Henry get a full workload. And, given how much quaterback Philip Rivers loves throwing to his tight end, Henry will likely be a top-5 TE next season on what should be a prolific offense.

Chargers Earn an ‘B+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Chargers, who according to Kiper got an ‘B+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

It was a quiet offseason for the Chargers, but they have a lot of talent on the roster. This is a team that could win the AFC West in 2018. L.A. got very little out of its 2017 rookie class, mostly due to injuries — watch out for Mike Williams and Forrest Lamp in 2018. Now they have some possible gems in the 2018 class, too. Derwin James was the steal of Round 1 at 17 — plug him in at one of the safety spots on Day 1. He’s a bigger defender who’s not afraid to hit and wrap up — the Chargers allowed a league-worst 4.9 yards per rush last year, and tackled terribly on the second level — and he has the athleticism and range to cover the deep middle of the field.

Uchenna Nwosu (pick 48) is one of the best pure 3-4 edge rushers in this class. He’s going to be good in a situational role with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram already on the roster. That wasn’t a need position, but I like that the Chargers went with the best player on the board. Justin Jones at 84 was a reach for me — I thought he was more of a fifth- or sixth-round pick — but there weren’t many nose tackles left, and the Chargers had to get one. I like safety Kyzir White (119) and receiver Dylan Cantrell (191) on Day 3. White, the younger brother of Bears’ wideout Kevin White, is a physical player.

GM Tom Telesco could have a few steals on his hands here.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/17 Derwin James S FLORIDA STATE
2/48 Uchenna Nwosu OLB USC
3/84 Justin Jones DT NC STATE
4/119 Kyzir White S WEST VIRGINIA
5/155 Scott Quessenberry C UCLA
6/191 Dylan Cantrell WR TEXAS TECH
7/251 Justin Jackson RB NORTHWESTERN

Chargers Select Florida State Safety Derwin James in First Round of NFL Draft

The Chargers have a new addition to their defensive backfield, as Thursday night they drafted Florida State safety Derwin James with the 17th pick of the draft.

No Recent Contact Between the Chargers and TE Antonio Gates

With each passing week, the chances of tight end Antonio Gates re-signing with the Chargers appear increasingly slim, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

General Manager Tom Telesco said Monday that the team has not been in recent contact with Gates, an unrestricted free agent who is less than two months away from his 38th birthday.

“I understand it’s a big topic,” Telesco said. “I just don’t have an update on it right now.”

The Chargers met with Gates’ representatives at the NFL scouting combine in early March, but even then, Telesco was non-committal about a potential reunion: “There are so many moving parts in free agency,” he said. “We’ve still got some things to talk over.”

Those talks apparently haven’t progressed, despite Gates’ professed desire to extend his playing career. The 15-year veteran holds the all-time record for NFL tight ends with 114 regular-season touchdown catches, three of which he added last year. After catching four passes for 46 yards on New Year’s Eve, he told reporters: “I still got the juice.”

But at what cost? Gates earned $5 million last season, and hasn’t netted less than $4.5 million in any given year since 2009. Meanwhile, Hunter Henry — one of the NFL’s best young tight ends — is set to earn just over $1 million in base salary in his third season with the Chargers. The franchise also signed veteran Virgil Green, a blocking tight end who has caught for 601 yards in the last three years, in March.

If the Chargers further supplement the depth chart in this week’s NFL draft, retaining Gates might signal more sentimentality than practicality.

Even Philip Rivers — whose 87 touchdown passes to Gates represents the league record for a quarterback-tight end duo — acknowledged the possibility that they might not connect on the field again.

“You’d love for him to get one more shot to be with us and go make a run at it,” Rivers said last week. “Like we’ve said every year, ‘This is going to be the year.’ But who knows? If it were not to work out, and if he were to decide to hang it up, who knows? He’s had a heck of a run. He has nothing left to prove, that’s for sure.”

The 2018 Chargers Season Schedule is Out – A Quick Glance at the Good and the Bad

The NFL Thursday evening released the entire slate for the 2018 NFL season, including the 16 game schedule for the Chargers, an annual big day in the life of football fans everywhere.

Here’s a quick look at the Chargers schedule, along with two quick thoughts on the good of the schedule, and the not so good.



The Good:
After a home game and two road affairs, the Chargers will play three of the next four at home, giving them a shot to pile up some wins and get their record padded with some early season wins. Those games are against the 49’ers, Raiders, at Cleveland and at home against the Titans – though not really since that’s in London.

The Bad: The team will two of its last three on the road against the Chiefs on Dec 13 and at Denver on Dec 30. They have a home game against the Ravens in between, but division games are always big, and they will likely need to win at least one if not both if they are going to be in the postseason in 2018.