Top Chargers News

  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Signs new contract with Chargers

    The Chargers signed Reed to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

    Reed spent the 2021 season on the Chargers' practice squad injured list with an undisclosed issue, but he'll return to the team for the 2022 campaign. The wide receiver played in 11 games with the Chargers in 2020, operating mostly as a special-teams option while accumulating 435 kick-return yards.

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  • Chargers' Joey Bosa: Nets double-digit sacks again

    Bosa finished the 2021 season with 51 tackles (36 solo), 10.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

    Box-score watchers would be led to believe Bosa had somewhat of a renaissance after finishing the 2020 season with just 7.5 sacks across 12 games, and while the seven forced fumbles was easily a career high, the turnovers masked what was essentially a boom-or-bust type of season for the premier pass rusher. When Bosa was unable to get the quarterback, too often was the 25-year-old simply out of position on containments and his 13 missed tackles was a major contributor in the team's ailing run defense. That doesn't even account for his numerous 15-yard penalties which seemingly always cropped up at the worst time. Make no mistake, Bosa is still easily the team's best defensive player and 2021 did mark his fourth season with double-digit tackles, but it was hardly a banner year for the perennial Pro Bowler who could a number of changes alongside with front-seven teammates with the likes of Kyzir White, Uchenna Nwosu and Linval Joseph all unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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  • Chargers' Nasir Adderley: Emerges as quality safety

    Adderley finished the 2021 season with 99 tackles (69 solo), five passes defended, one forced fumble and a half of a sack.

    Adderley was forced into the starting free safety role last season after another season-ending injury to Derwin James, but it was clear early in the 2021 campaign the extra playing time gave the third-year safety a new sort of confidence in his role this time alongside the aforementioned Pro Bowl safety. There was still plenty of coverage errors attributed to Adderley and the third-year safety will never be known as a hard hitter, but the 2019 second-round pick certainly doesn't appear to be a negative player at this juncture of his career. Expect more growth and another season playing alongside James to possibly boost his value in IDP formats.

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  • Chargers' Uchenna Nwosu: Caps off excellent season

    Nwosu finished his breakout 2021 campaign with 40 tackles (24 solo), five sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and one interception.

    It took until Year 4 for the 2018 second-round pick to finally emerge as a full-time starter and while Nwosu didn't put up gaudy numbers opposite Joey Bosa, the USC product was clearly a difference maker defensively. The 25-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but given the obvious favor of head coach Brandon Staley and the Chargers' second-most cap space, expect to see the pass-rushing linebacker get a significant extension at some point this offseason.

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  • Chargers' Kyzir White: Massive breakout season

    White finished the 2021 season with 144 tackles (90 solo), three passes defended, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack across 17 games.

    The 2018 fourth-round pick blossomed in his first full year as the starting middle linebacker as he racked up the eighth-most tackles and solo tackles in the entire league. Always known as an excellent coverage linebacker, White quietly pushed out 2020 first-round pick Kenneth Murray as the team's top linebacker by Week 6 and never looked back. The Chargers' porous run defense might mean changes could be on the horizon for the front seven, but the fourth-year linebacker should be a key fixture next season provided the team opts to bring back the upcoming unrestricted free agent.

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  • Chargers' Derwin James: Excellent after two-year absence

    James finished the 2021 season with 118 tackles (75 solo), five passes defended, three fumbles forced, two sacks and two interceptions across 15 games.

    It took essentially two years, but the dynamic safety was finally able to make his presence felt in an emerging Chargers secondary after multiple injuries limited James to just five games played since the end of the 2018 season. The 25-year-old hardly lost a beat in his return as James finished second on the team in tackles and tied for first in interceptions. The star safety enters the offseason on the final year of his rookie contract and figures to receive a lucrative extension in the near future.

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  • Chargers' Justin Jackson: Best season to date

    Jackson carried the ball three times for 20 yards in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. The fourth-year back finished the season with 68 carries and 364 rushing yards to go along with 22 receptions and 178 receiving yards. He also compiled two rushing touchdowns.

    The 2021 campaign wound up being a career year for the 25-year-old, as Jackson set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards, though to be fair almost a third of his total production came in the Week 16 loss against the Texans with Austin Ekeler (COVID-19) sidelined. Jackson has always been a coaching staff's favorite, whether that was Anthony Lynn's braintrust or now current head coach Brandon Staley, but the Northwestern product can never seem to stay healthy long enough to capitalize on the momentum. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it's unclear whether the Chargers will bring back Jackson on a short-term deal or if recent draft picks Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree could be asked to take over as the optimal No. 2 behind Ekeler.

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  • Chargers' Dustin Hopkins: Solid campaign with Bolts

    Hopkins connected on 18 of his 20 field-goal attempts with the Chargers and also made 30 of his 32 extra-point attempts. Combined with his six-game stint with Washington, the veteran finished the 2021 season 30 of 34 on field-goal attempts and 40 of 44 on extra points.

    Three of Hopkins' four misses came on attempts from 50-plus yards, a continuation of a three-year slump when it comes to long-distance kicks for the 30-year-old. After a seven-year stint with Washington, the franchise cut him halfway through the 2021 season and the Chargers almost immediately scooped him up, stabilizing the kicker position for the most part from that point forward. It seems likely Hopkins will be retained by the Chargers, although don't rule out someone with a bigger leg being added as competition this offseason.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Scores in season finale

    Palmer caught four of his nine targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. The rookie finished the 2021 season with 33 receptions for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

    It took COVID-19 absences from both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to force the issue, but Palmer quietly seemed to earn confidence from quarterback Justin Herbert toward the latter half of the season, accumulating 18 receptions, 185 yards and three touchdowns in his last five games. Both Williams and nominal No. 3 starter Jalen Guyton are technically free agents entering this offseason, but given that the Chargers boast the sixth-highest cap space among NFL teams, the team could certainly choose to bring back both players. The rookie's lack of breakaway speed seemingly doesn't make him an ideal candidate to play outside where the aforementioned duo operate, which also throws a wrench in 2022 projections, but it's at least encouraging to have seen Palmer develop some chemistry with Herbert, Los Angeles' ascending franchise signal-caller.

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  • Chargers' Jalen Guyton: Excels in final game

    Guyton caught six of his nine targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 35-32 loss to the Raiders. The third-year wide receiver finished the season with 31 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games.

    It took until the final game of the season, but Guyton recorded season highs in receptions and targets while tallying his third effort with at least 50 receiving yards over his last five contests. Part of that extra volume was due to the Chargers furiously attempting a double-digit fourth quarter comeback, but it underscores what had been an encouraging month of December for Guyton after what looked liked a subpar season for the 24-year-old. That being said, it's hard to have much optimism from a fantasy standpoint moving forward for Guyton, who under the Anthony Lynn system last season saw a high volume of snaps only for Joe Lombardi's scheme to effectively neutralize the speedster in 2021. The emergence of rookie third-round pick Joshua Palmer also factored into Guyton's downturn as the duo essentially split reps as the team's No. 3 pass catcher by the end of October. A restricted free agent this offseason, expect Guyton to be retained on a short-term deal as a depth piece capable of starting if pressed into action.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 107.9
(21st)
294.9
(2nd)
390.2
(4th)
Def. 138.9
(30th)
234.8
(11th)
360.1
(23rd)

Injuries

Player Injury
D. Parham TE Donald Parham TE Concussion
B. Bulaga OT Bryan Bulaga OT Back
O. Aboushi OG Oday Aboushi OG Knee - ACL
R. Smith CB Ryan Smith CB Knee - ACL
M. Webb SAF Mark Webb SAF Knee