Manti Te’o to the San Diego Chargers. Is this a good fit for Te’o?

Manti Te'o

Freshly drafted rookie Manti Te’o has had a rough past couple of months. Although at the time it seemed none of it would have been this way. He started off from a red hot fire and since then its burned down to just a coal. However, there is still some heat to that coal. Te’o is looking to transfer that coal, and all the bad luck with it, back into a fire. 

Chargers pick OT Fluker with 11th pick in 2013 Draft

D.J. Fluker

The best way to improve an offense is by upgrading your offensive line. Which the Chargers desperately need to do. I don’t know a better way to do it than in the NFL Draft.

With the 11th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected D.J. Fluker from the University of Alabama.

Chargers, Nick Novak reach contract agreement

Nick NovakNick Novak and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to four more years together.

Novak took over as starting kicker after Nate Kaeding tore his ACL during the 2011 season. Kaeding was injured on the opening kickoff of 2011 against the Minnesota Vikings.

You might ask,”How in the world could he have injured his knee on a kickoff?” However, Vikings return-man Percy Harvin ran 103 yards for a touchdown, Nate Kaeding tried to stop him, but tore his ACL in the process.

Ever since that horrific play, Nick Novak has stepped in and made a huge impact. Last season he made 18 out of the 20 field goals he attempted, the two missed attempts were for 50+ yards. He scored 87 total points for his team. Novak was a 90% kicker, earning him the eighth highest ranking in the NFL. He also has the third highest rating in San Diego history.

He has signed a four year contract for $6.6 million. The contract includes a $1.5 million signing bonus.

The Chargers have also re-signed long-snapper Mike Windt, along with kick-returner Richard Goodman to maintain special teams success. Novak also will have his holder (Charlie Whitehurst) returning.

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Ronnie Brown re-signs with Chargers

The San Diego Chargers now have three running backs who all rushed over 200 yards last season. Coming in to Free Agency they only had one legit threat at that position, Ryan Matthews. That is, If you can call him a legit threat. So the signing of Ronnie Brown will bulk up their running back depth chart.

Ronnie re-signed to a 1 year/ $1 million contract.

Ronnie Brown rushed for 4,815 yards with the Miami Dolphins before becoming a Charger.

Ronnie Brown rushed for 4,815 yards with the Miami Dolphins before becoming a Charger.

Ronnie Brown has been in the league for nine years, six of those with the Miami Dolphins. He also played with the Philadelphia Eagles for a year, before signing with the Chargers last June.

His career stats go as follows: 5,171 rushing yards and 1,862 receving yards over the nine seasons he has been in the league. Brown was the second pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

During his career with the Dolphins, Brown never rushed less than 600 yards in a season. He also never had less than four touchdowns during any of those seasons. During his last two seasons (with the Eagles and Chargers) he has rushed for a total of 356 yards. Only scoring one touchdown during both seasons.

Yet, he has stayed somewhat consistent.

Although the numbers I mentioned earlier are not flashy, his presence on the field was definitely felt. He averaged the same yards per carry as he did in Miami with the Dolphins. He also averaged more receiving yards with the Chargers than he did in any year with Miami (371), besides the 2007 season (389 yards).

Ronnie Brown is a good quality veteran backup, for a position in football that takes a lot of hits.

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego reaches 2 year deal with RB Woodhead

The San Diego Chargers have signed former New England Patriots running back, Danny Woodhead.  Making newly arrived GM Tom Telesco ecstatic. Telesco says Woodhead is a “dynamic runner in space” and an “underrated” pass blocker. Woodhead feels the same way about becoming a Charger.

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Tom Telesco said that they are looking for playmakers to fill the roster. “He’s one of those guys that when the ball gets in his hands, he’s got some magic to him,” Telesco said. He also says that there will be certain packages and plays for their new “playmaker”.

He certainly proved he was a playmaker in New England.

Danny was New England’s second leading rusher with 301 yards, and four TD’s on 76 carries. He also caught 40 passes for 446 yards and three TD’s. Pro Football Focus ranked Woodhead the 10th best running back in the league.

But as the season went on and Shane Vereen got more and more touches, many wondered if Woodhead would stay with the Patriots or leave. The signing of Leon Washington earlier during offseason also seemed to affect the 28 year old’s decision. He came to the conclusion to sign with the San Diego Chargers.

During the 2012-2013 season the Chargers struggled to get any kind of a running game. They averaged just over 91 rushing yards per game. Which ranked them 27th in the league in rushing yards per game. They did even worse in yards per rush, ranked 31st with a measly 3.6 yards per rush. During 2010 Woodhead averaged better than the whole entire Charger team. He averaged an impressive 5.6 yards per carry with New England. The Chargers hope he can help them in the run game as well as in the passing game.

Many are comparing Woodhead to former Charger Darren Sproles. Woodhead and Sproles stats are very similiar. Sproles averaged 249 carries, 1,154 rushing yards, and 2,551 yards from the line of scrimmage. With New England Woodhead averaged 250 carries, 1,199 rushing yards, and 2,181 yards from the line of scrimmage. The only major differences were rushing and receiving TD’s and receptions and reception yards.

San Diego has lacked contribution from a third-down back since they lost Darren Sproles during the 2011 free agency. He caught 104 passes from Philip Rivers and was a dependable third-down back.

Woodhead’s arrival makes him the running back who is categorized in the do-it-all section for the Chargers. That can line up in multiple positions on the field. He can line up in the back field or he can line up as a receiver. Woodhead runs very sharp routes. With his speed and his ability to lose defenders he is as much a threat in the passing game as he is in the running game.

He also figures in to be the main backup of starter Ryan Matthews. Matthews told NFL Network that he needs to “stop taking so many hits” to decrease the risk of injury. Woodhead will give Matthews a chance to take a breather, and let Matthews stay healthy by taking some of the load off of him.

Woodhead agreed to a 2 yr/ 6 million dollar contract with the San Diego Chargers, lasting through the end of the 2014-2015 NFL season.

 

 

Chargers Welcome CB Derek Cox

After releasing both starting cornerbacks (Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason) the
Chargers were desperate to find a corner to fill the spot.