Pope caught his lone target for two yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills. He also rushed once and lost one yard.
With the return of Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee), Pope only played six of the offensive snaps compared to Joshua Kelley's 19 snaps. While it is unclear whether Kelley or Kalen Ballage (ankle) will continue as Ekeler's backup, Pope almost certainly won't factor into the equation.
Pope rushed three times for four yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 34-28 win against the Jets.
After an underwhelming performance against Miami last week, Pope marginally improved his numbers in the air and on the ground during this matchup. The running back also played more offensive snaps (16) than Joshua Kelley (11), but fell far behind Kalen Ballage (55). Pope might completely fall to the wayside if Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) returns to the fold as expected next week against the Bills.
Pope was active in Sunday's 29-21 loss to Miami and did not play any of the offensive snaps.
Pope returned after recovering from a neck injury, but he still did not see a single offensive snap. Even with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) and Justin Jackson (knee) placed on IR, and Joshua Kelley's unimpressive performance, Pope was still not used in the Chargers offense. It is clear that the running back will not be a fantasy asset, and managers should focus on utilizing the practice-squad callup Kalen Ballage while he continues to operate as the primary rushing attack.
Pope (neck) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Pope carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards and also logged five receptions on seven targets for 28 yards in the Chargers' Week 8 loss to the Broncos, but he subsequently missed last weekend's defeat at the hands of the Raiders. With Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) still on IR and Justin Jackson (knee) having joined him in that category, Pope -- now that he's back -- is in line to join a Week 10 backfield that also includes Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage, who headed the team's rushing attack in Week 9. In that context, look for a time-share to be in play Sunday, with a hot-hand approach likely to dictate carry distribution.
Pope (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Miami.
After busting out for 95 yards from scrimmage Week 8 in Denver, Pope entered the concussion protocol and proceeded to miss the Chargers' Week 9 defeat to the Raiders. He cleared the protocol for head injuries Wednesday, and while a neck injury didn't cap his practice reps at all this week, he enters the weekend with a cloud hanging over his head. Having said that, there's a good chance he plays Sunday due to Justin Jackson (knee) being ruled out, which would give Joshua Kelley, Pope and likely Kalen Ballage opportunity to produce.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Pope has cleared the league's five-step concussion protocol, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Pope should be available for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but his role is to be determined. Justin Jackson (knee) seems to be trending in the wrong direction, but practice squad back Kalen Ballage filled in admirably last week, generating 84 total yards and a touchdown on 17 touches. Ultimately, it could be a "hot hand" committee among Pope, Ballage and rookie Joshua Kelley, if Jackson indeed sits out.
Pope (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game versus Las Vegas, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
The 27-year-old was listed as doubtful due to the concussion, so he never had much of a chance to play Sunday. Pope still needs to clear the concussion protocol to have a chance of suiting up next week. Kalen Ballage was elevated from the practice squad for backfield depth behind Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley.
Pope (concussion) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Unless Pope is able to make exceedingly quick progress and fully clear the league's five-step concussion protocol, including gaining full clearance from an independent neurologist, he won't be eligible to suit up Sunday. If Pope indeed misses time, it could provide Joshua Kelley with increased opportunities alongside presumed starter Justin Jackson.
Pope didn't practice Thursday due to a concussion.
Pope missed his second consecutive practice Thursday as he continues to reside in the league's concussion protocol. Despite spending time between the practice squad and 53-man roster, Pope racked up 15 touches for 95 scrimmage yards in last week's loss to Denver. Pope has just one more practice to take part in this week, so if he's out for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, the Charger backfield will be handled by Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelly.
Pope (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.
Pope has shuttled between the Chargers' practice squad and active roster this season, but his first significant action occurred this past Sunday at Denver, where he totaled 15 touches for 95 yards from scrimmage. Unfortunately for Pope, he entered the concussion protocol and must be in the early stages of his recovery due to his lack of activity in the first practice of Week 9. He'll have two more days to take part, but if he's sidelined Sunday against the Raiders, L.A.'s backfield will be powered by Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley.
Coach Anthony Lynn revealed Wednesday that Pope has entered the NFL's concussion protocol, Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register reports.
Pope produced 95 yards from scrimmage on 15 touches in last week's loss to Denver, but he apparently suffered a concussion in that contest. If he's unable to clear protocol in time for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley will handle the reps out of the Los Angeles backfield.
Pope carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards and also recorded five receptions on seven targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Broncos.
All but eight of Pope's 67 rushing yards came in the second half as the Chargers attempted to sit on a double-digit first-half lead only to watch the game fall out of their grasp in the closing seconds. It's interesting to note Pope's production essentially came at the expense of Joshua Kelley, who hardly played in the later stages of Sunday's contest, although Justin Jackson (41 snaps, 142 total yards) was still around as an effective multi-tooled option. The playing time splits seem to reflect Pope gaining a bit of an upper hand on the "change-of-pace" role as Kelley played just 21 snaps compared to Pope's 25, but coach Anthony Lynn has seemingly always focused on feeding "the hot hand." Regardless, this is a backfield situation to monitor, especially with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) still not expected back anytime soon.
The Chargers signed Pope to the active roster Saturday.
The Chargers have already elevated Pope from the practice squad twice, so now they offered him a spot on the 53-man roster. He's rushed just once for six yards this season, and he should continue to add backfield depth until Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns.
Pope reverted back to the Chargers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
In his second appearance of the season Sunday against the Jaguars, Pope registered 13 special-teams snaps, 12 offensive snaps and a six-yard carry during Los Angeles's 39-29 win. He also made a pivotal contribution while defending a third-quarter Dede Westbrook kick return, scooping up a fumble forced by teammate Tevaughn Campbell.
Pope was activated to the Chargers' active roster Saturday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Manzano suggests this might not be a good omen for Justin Jackson's status considering he's listed as questionable for Sunday's contest with a knee injury, but Jackson did end up fully practicing Friday so it's possible this is simply a depth move or something to help improve special teams. In any case, we'll know more regarding Jackson's status closer to the 4:25 ET kickoff.
Pope reverted to the Chargers' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
The 26-year-old was promoted as an extra player for Monday Night Football, playing four offensive snaps and nine snaps on special teams. Pope could rejoin the active roster for running back depth later on with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) on injured reserve.
Pope was promoted to the Chargers' active roster from the practice squad Monday.
The 26-year-old signed to Los Angeles' practice squad in mid-September, and he'll join the active roster as an extra player for Monday's matchup with the Saints. Pope should return to the practice squad after the contest, but he'll provide depth at running back behind Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) on injured reserve.
Pope signed with the Chargers' practice squad Friday.
Pope appeared in 14 games with Los Angeles last season, during which he mostly contributed on special teams and as a return man. With Justin Jackson (quadriceps) nursing an injury, Pope could have the opportunity to earn a promotion to the active roster in the future.
Pope recorded just 29 offensive snaps throughout the 2019 season, finishing the year with 10 carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown.
The entirety of Pope's production came in Week 4, when he was forced to act as the backup behind Austin Ekeler. Depending on what the Chargers do with star running back Melvin Gordon and his contract, it's possible Pope might become more involved in the offense in 2020. Otherwise expect the undrafted free agent to reprise his role as the team's leading kickoff returner.
Pope carried the ball 10 times for 20 yards and also caught both of his targets for 14 yards and a touchdown in the 30-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
The fourth-year running back found the end zone for the first time in his career, taking an easy checkdown from Rivers 13 yards in for the score. Pope likely won't have many opportunities in the future, with Melvin Gordon expected to make his 2019 in-game debut in Week 5 and Justin Jackson (calf) nearing his return.
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