Rivers completed 29 of 44 pass attempts for 371 yards, three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 31-27 win over the Bengals.
Rivers struggled to get going in the first quarter and found his side trailing by 21 points early in the second quarter. He responded with his best yardage output of the season and connected with three different receivers for his first multi-touchdown effort in a Colts uniform. The veteran came in with a poor TD:INT of 4:5 and hadn't topped 250 passing yards since Week 1, so this was a positive sign for fantasy managers that stuck with him through the poor start. He'll use the upcoming bye week to build on this breakout effort before taking on a beatable Lions defense in Week 8.
Rivers and the Colts can return to team facilities Friday afternoon with additional test results for COVID-19 coming back negative
The team's facilities were shut down for the morning after four members of the organization showed positive test results, but the additional testing came back negative, clearing the facility to be reopened. The Colts game against the Bengals on Sunday will be played as scheduled, barring further developments.
Rivers and the Colts won't be able to practice in the near future, as the team shut down its facilities due to multiple positive tests for COVID-19 within the organization.
The team will shift to a virtual setup while in the process of confirming the positive results. The Colts are the latest team to have their schedule put in jeopardy due to the pandemic, as the Falcons also had an assistant coach test positive this week. Indianapolis' game against Cincinnati on Sunday is in danger of being delayed or postponed until the situation is settled.
Colts head coach Frank Reich said Monday that Rivers will remain the team's starting quarterback, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. "No consideration of [replacing Rivers with backup Jacoby Brissett]," Reich said. "Philip is our quarterback."
Rivers' job security was called into question after he turned in a dismal outing in Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns, as the 38-year-old completed 21 of 33 attempts for 243 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Rivers was also penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety. Though he already has a pair of two-interception games under his belt this season, Rivers has at least fared well in terms of passing efficiency, completing a career-high 70.8 percent of his throws for a respectable 8.0 yards per attempt. While he'll still likely need to rein in the turnovers to ensure he maintains his spot atop the depth chart all season, Rivers' track record and $25 million salary should give him a decent amount of leash.
Rivers completed 21 of 33 pass attempts for 243 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.
Rivers threw a pick-six on the first drive of the third quarter and later added another interception as his team looked to cut the lead to two in the fourth. It was the poorest performance of the season for Rivers, who had led his team to three straight wins while committing just one turnover in that stretch. Rivers notably displayed an improved connection with T.Y. Hilton in this one and will look to bounce back in a more favorable matchup next Sunday against the Bengals.
Rivers completed 16 of 29 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 4 against Chicago.
The Colts played from ahead for the majority of the contest, meaning Rivers and the passing attack didn't need to be aggressive. Rivers' touchdown came on the team's first offensive possession, when he connected with Mo Alie-Cox for a 13-yard score. From there, Rivers orchestrated four drives that ended with field goals and no more trips to the end zone. One positive is that Rivers has taken care of the ball, throwing zero interceptions in the past two weeks. He should be in for a positive matchup in Week 5 when the Colts take on the Browns.
Rivers completed 17 of 21 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-7 win over the Jets.
With the Colts' defense accounting for 14 points on its own thanks to two pick-sixes and a safety, Rivers wasn't called on to do too much after finding Mo Alie-Cox for a TD in the second quarter. Still, his production was enough to move him up the all-time rankings in a number of categories: he's the sixth QB in league history with 400 touchdown passes, the sixth with over 60,000 passing yards, and he passed Dan Marino for fifth in career completions, needing only 20 more to reach 5,000. Rivers should face a much tougher test in Week 4 on the road against a Bears defense that just shut Matt Ryan down in the second half of their comeback win in Atlanta.
Rivers completed 19 of 25 pass attempts for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 28-11 win over the Vikings.
Although Rivers managed a respectable average of 8.6 yards per attempt against a vulnerable Vikings secondary, he finished with just 25 attempts as the Colts relied on the running game to control the win. He threw a short touchdown pass to Zach Pascal to add a slight boost to his fantasy production, but he still finished with lackluster numbers overall and now has a 2:3 TD:INT through two games. Rivers will enjoy a favorable matchup next Sunday against the Jets and will look to jumpstart his season after mixed results in the early going.
Rivers completed 36 of 46 passes for 363 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Week 1 against the Jaguars.
Rivers racked up yards and attempts as the Colts attempted to make a comeback. His lone touchdown pass came in the second quarter on an eight-yard pass to Nyheim Hines. However, he also threw two interceptions, including one late in the fourth quarter that was a major blow to the team's rally. Rivers will look to bounce back in the Colts' Week 2 matchup against the Vikings.
Rivers was 19-for-28 passing in Monday's scrimmage at Lucas Oil Stadium. He targeted T.Y. Hilton for five receptions and has been frequently looking for running backs and tight ends in the passing game, Kevin Bowen of 93.5 FM The Fan Indianapolis reports.
While it's hard to read too much into a scrimmage, reports on Rivers in training camp have been positive so far. He appears to be building a rapport with Hilton, though he didn't particularly target any other receivers in Monday's scrimmage. Rivers has been seen throwing a high percentage of his passes on shorter routes to running backs and tight ends, which could be a sign of a focus on taking what the defense gives him after his turnover issues last season (20 interceptions).
Coach Frank Reich is optimistic Rivers will play more than one season for the Colts, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Rivers had one of his worst seasons in 2019 and then signed a one-year, $25 million contract with Indianapolis. While both factors may hint at a short relationship, it sounds like the Colts will try to keep Rivers around if he rebounds in his age-38 season ahead. Already boasting an elite offensive line, the team added USC wideout Michael Pittman and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor in the second round of last month's draft. A better running game than the one he had in Los Angeles could provide Rivers with more red-zone chances, but it also means he's unlikely to approach his 2019 total of 591 pass attempts.
Coach Frank Reich believes Rivers will know "80-to-85 percent" of the Colts' offense before he even walks in the door, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Reich points to the 38-year-old's experience and intelligence as clear assets, even mentioning that he came to prefer Rivers over Tom Brady after watching tape of both veteran quarterbacks. There's also an element of familiarity, as Reich was the Chargers' offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 -- a two-year stretch in which Rivers averaged 4,539 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 15.5 interceptions while completing 66.3 percent of his throws for 7.4 YPA. Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni was the QBs coach for those teams, and he spent two more years with the Chargers after Reich left for Philadelphia in 2016.
Rivers and the Colts have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Rivers is slated to earn roughly $25 million in 2020. With that, the 38-year-old will take over the Colts' starting QB job from Jacoby Brissett. Rivers is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he threw for 4,615 yards with 23 TDs and 20 picks in 16 games for the Chargers.
Rivers is talking with the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
This has been a steady rumor throughout the offseason, with the Colts hoping to upgrade on Jacoby Brissett but not necessarily desperate to do so, i.e., they'll only sign a veteran QB if the price is right. Rivers has history with Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, both of whom worked for the Chargers for multiple seasons.
Rivers will become an unrestricted free agent in March and will not re-sign with the Chargers.
The Chargers announced the decision in a press release, suggesting both parties agreed to go their separate ways. Rivers showed obvious signs of decline in 2019, but he should draw interest as a starter on the open market, with potential destinations including Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Chicago. The 38-year-old quarterback spent 16 years with the Chargers, including 14 consecutive seasons in which he started all 16 games. The team has Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick under contract at quarterback for 2020, with the potential to add a young signal-caller in the upcoming draft.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports said Monday during an appearance on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd that he believes the Chargers have "moved on" from Rivers.
The 38-year-old quarterback is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on the heels of a 5-11 season in which he tossed 20 interceptions. The Chargers otherwise have a fairly young roster that includes some premium talent, and they even have an insurance plan with fellow quarterback Tyrod Taylor under contract through 2020. Perhaps sensing the writing on the wall, Rivers recently relocated his family from San Diego to Florida. He already said he doesn't intend to retire, so the move might be taken as a hint that he hopes to play for a team on the East Coast.
Rivers, who had been living in San Diego, has relocated "permanently" to Florida in order to be closer to his family, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN report. "What this means football-wise is to be determined but it was time for us to move back closer to home," said Rivers, who is slated to become a free agent this offseason.
While there's a very real possibility that the 38-year-old has played his last game for the Chargers, Rivers -- who was backed up by Tyrod Taylor this past season -- does plan to play somewhere in 2020.
Rivers completed 31 of 46 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Kansas City. He added a five-yard run. After the game, Rivers said that he has no plans to retire, but he may play with another team in 2020, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
The Chargers were down by two scores in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Rivers hooked up with Hunter Henry for an eight-yard touchdown pass to try to spark a rally. Expect plenty of conjecture in the coming months as to whether that will be Rivers' last touchdown as a Charger. If so, it was a rough season to close out his tenure for the veteran quarterback. He threw 20 picks for the third time in his career while his 23 touchdowns were his fewest since 2007, his second season as starter. As a team, the Chargers finished 5-11, tied for their second-worst finish since Rivers took over as a starter in 2006.
Rivers (right thumb) practiced fully Thursday.
The team listed Rivers as limited on Wednesday's practice report, but the veteran QB is now in line to start Sunday's season finale for the 5-10 Chargers. Meanwhile, ESPN's Eric D. Williams notes that Rivers -- who's in the final year of his contract -- is inclined to continue playing in 2020, but the 38-year-old signal caller plans to take some time after the season to discuss that possibility with both his family and the folks who run the Chargers.
Rivers was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice report due to a right thumb injury.
The Chargers will re-evaluate Rivers' status Thursday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the veteran quarterback's availability for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is in any danger.
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