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Chargers sign Zion Johnson

Zion Johnson took care of signing his first NFL contract before Memorial Day weekend.The Chargers announced that they have signed the first-round pick on Friday. It’s a four-year deal for Johnson.Johnson opened his collegiate time at Davidson, but transferred to Boston College for his last three years in school. He started at left tackle and [more]

Brandon Staley expects Justin Herbert’s experience in system help him “run the show” in 2022

Justin Herbert has had five different offensive schemes in seven seasons, dating to his time at the University of Oregon. For the first time in three NFL seasons, he hasn’t spent the offseason learning a new playbook.Chargers coach Brandon Staley expects that to help Herbert take more ownership of the offense in 2022.“As a young [more]

Derwin James waited a year so he wouldn’t have to pay to switch to jersey No. 3

As soon as the NFL announced last year that defensive players could wear single-digit jersey numbers, Chargers safety Derwin James expressed interest in switching from his NFL number, 33, to his college number, 3. But he didn’t make the switch immediately.When the Chargers opened Organized Team Activities this week, James was in his No. 3 [more]

Jerry Tillery not at Chargers’ OTAs, Brandon Staley says he needs to earn a role

Chargers defensive lineman Jerry Tillery has been a disappointment since he was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, and head coach Brandon Staley is looking for Tillery to prove he deserves a role on the defense this season.Tillery, however, did not attend the start of voluntary Organized Team Activities, and [more]

Brandon Staley: Khalil Mack could probably go full speed right now

Chargers edge rusher Khalil Mack missed the back half of the 2021 season with Chicago due to a foot injury that required surgery.As he makes his way back for 2022, Los Angeles is being cautious with the veteran defender. Mack was limited in Monday’s first OTA practice, but head coach Brandon Staley told reporters Mack [more]

Justin Herbert says he’s “getting after it” in the weight room, now weighs 245

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was noticeably muscular at Monday’s opening of minicamp, and he says he’s been working hard in the weight room and gaining weight.Herbert, who weighed 236 pounds at the Scouting Combine coming out of college, said he’s now up to 245 after working hard with strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Brooks.“Just lifting, [more]

Packer-turned-Charger Corey Linsley compares Justin Herbert to Aaron Rodgers

Chargers center Corey Linsley played in Green Bay for seven seasons before signing with the Chargers last year, and he says he sees a lot of similarities between the quarterbacks he’s snapped to, Aaron Rodgers and Justin Herbert.“Aaron has the same thing, that fire, perfectionist-type attitude,” Linsley said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “When Aaron was [more]

Chargers signing Morgan Fox

The Chargers are adding a player with experience in head coach Brandon Staley’s system.Los Angeles is signing defensive lineman Morgan Fox, per agent David Canter.Fox played under Staley with the Rams in 2020 when the coach was the club’s defensive coordinator. That season, Fox recorded a career-high 6.0 sacks with eight tackles for loss and [more]

Bengals don’t have the usual target that attaches to Super Bowl teams

When an NFL franchise makes it to the Super Bowl one year, that team faces a rude awakening the next. The Bengals may avoid this fate.Typically, a conference champion acquires the bull’s-eye that comes from being a measuring stick for other teams. Suddenly, teams that want to prove themselves circle that date on the schedule. [more]

With wins over Seahawks and Chargers, Russell Wilson would become fifth QB to beat every team

Four quarterbacks have beaten every NFL franchise. There can be a fifth member of the 32-team club in 2022.As noted by John Breech of CBSSports.com, Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson needs victories over the Seahawks in Week One and the Chargers in Week Six or Week 18 to accomplish that feat.The first two games will be [more]

Chargers claim Zack Bailey off waivers from Commanders

The Chargers claimed offensive guard Zack Bailey off waivers Tuesday, according to the NFL’s transactions report.The Commanders waived Bailey on Monday after claiming Drew Himmelman off waivers. The Chargers also put in a claim for Himmelman.The Buccaneers signed Bailey as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina in 2019. He has spent time on [more]

Rashawn Slater: A lot of my rookie tape makes me cringe

By most measures, Chargers left tackle Rashawn Slater‘s rookie season was a resounding success.Slater started every game and was voted a second-team All-Pro while also making the Pro Bowl. His play helped keep quarterback Justin Herbert upright and making plays down the field, but the positive outside reviews weren’t shared by Slater when he looked [more]

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