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Chargers GM Tom Telesco Speaks Out on the Absence of RB Melvin Gordon

Everyone is saying all the right things in regards to running back Melvin Gordon and his future with the Chargers – yet the running back is nowhere to be found.

Thursday it was Chargers general manager Tom Telesco’s time to do the talking about Gordon, stating that he has nothing but ‘love’ for Gordon, and that he’s going to be a member of the Bolts franchise.

“I love Melvin Gordon,” Telesco said. “He’s an excellent player. He’s tough. He has a great work ethic and represents our organization extremely well. But he’s not here.

“I understand his thoughts and opinions of what he’s going through. I always look at the player’s side, so I can see it. It doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I can kind of see what his thought process is.

“I’m not naive: I know we’re better with Melvin Gordon, but we’ve got a strong group of guys that are here, and it’s their time to work and get ready to go.”

Gordon’s summer holdout started on Wednesday as he looks for a better deal from the franchise after a solid season in which he helped the team make the AFC Divisional Round of the postseason.

The running back is set to make $5.6 million this season

Chargers LT Russell Okung Says Blood Clots Caused Pulmonary Embolism; Says He’ll Be Back

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung is going to be okay, and that’s the great news – but the news that he shared with Bolts fans on Thursday was downright scary.

Okung revealed via Twitter that he suffered a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. He said that he’ll be back when the doctors say that he’s able.

“When detected early, this condition is very treatable and I’m grateful to have access to the best available care as I continue on the path to full recovery,” Okung said in his statement.

“I’m very grateful to my teammates, coaches and the entire Chargers organization for their care, support and understanding during this challenging situation. Thanks to an incredible medical team and a very supportive family, I hope to be back on the field as quickly as possible.”

The 31-year-old veteran lineman said he discovered the condition on a trip to urgent care on June 1st after experiencing unusual chest pain at practice, and that according to doctors who treated him, the decision likely saved his life.

For now the team placed Okung on the active, non-football illness list, which means he still counts against the 90-man roster.

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.

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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.

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