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Old 2nd April 2019   #1
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Where were you when the Los Angeles Chargers were on the clock in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft? Were you glued to your seat in front of the television? Were you at church praying for the Bolts not to screw up the seventh overall pick? Were you standing in front of Qualcomm Stadium Rayshawn Jenkins Color Rush Jersey , cursing at management for selling their soul and moving up north to a town known for sin and seduction? It doesn’t really matter where you were, to be frank. What matters is how you felt when GM Tom Telesco had the perfect opportunity to replace a future Hall of Fame safety with perhaps the rangiest defensive back in recent years.When former-Ohio State free safety Malik Hooker declared for the 2017 NFL Draft, many around the NFL thought he would be the perfect long-term replacement for Eric Weddle. The team optioned to let the then four-time Pro Bowl standout walk following the 2016 season. After his stellar nine year career out in San Diego, culminating with 19 career interceptions, 6 1/2 career sacks and consistent tackling style, the then 31-year-old safety felt betrayed by the team at the end of the 2015 NFL season. Hooker was known for terrific speed, excellent range in coverage, and the ability to be a ball-hawking safety at the next level. While he would need work on his tackling skills, the sniper safety was a perfect fit for Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defense. Six teams passed on Hooker to address needs at pass rush and in the run game. The Chargers were on the clock and many waited to hear Hooker’s name called. Jerseys were being made, fans were eagerly waiting to welcome him out west and many couldn’t believe that the All-American was still on the board. But Telesco called an audible at the last second. Instead of finding a replacement in the Bolts secondary, he elected to find a secondary receiver for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense. As former Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams answered the phone to be welcomed to the organization, his selection was greeted with a mix of both cheers and boos. Heading into the midway point of his second season, it’s safe to say that while there’s plenty more for the young receiver to learn, he’s gained a following of members from the Chargers fan base respecting his role in Los Angeles’ offense. Following yet another solid performance during the Bolts’ 25-19 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon Justin Jones Color Rush Jersey , Williams is thriving in his role with the team. Granted, while his reception count isn’t as high as perhaps many around the fan base would like, each snap has proven to show growth in the 24-year-old receivers progression. Williams finished Sunday’s game with just one catch. It came off a beautifully ran comeback route against Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers. Using his 6-4, 226 pound frame, the former Tiger receiver showed excellent strength and balance down the sideline as he tiptoed in for a 30-yard touchdown. ”It was really good [to see him get into the end zone],” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “That was a heck of a play. He’s a play-maker. We try to get the ball in his hands as much as we can, but we only have one football. He took advantage of his opportunities.”Some people would like to critique that he was out of bounds. Upon further review, the referees disagreed with the call. Williams scored his fifth touchdown of the season and helped the Bolts pick up their fifth consecutive victory. Even Williams knew that the touchdown wasn’t going to be changed following his efforts. “I don’t practice that play, but I do work on my calves, and my calves probably helped me out a bit,” Williams said via LA Times. “I watched the replay. The last one they had up there, I thought I was out. But my heel never touched, though. They couldn’t overturn it.”Another score for Williams shows his growth as the team’s boundary receiving target. Yes, while Hooker flourished as a rookie for the Indianapolis Colts Kyzir White Color Rush Jersey , his second season has been less than stellar thus far. Through eight games the ball-hawking safety has only collected 27 total tackles, two pass deflections and just one interception. While Williams has shown growth as player this season, there’s still plenty for him to fix before he becomes an elite receiver in the league. His routes can be poor at times in man coverage while his drop rate is currently at 6.2%. With a pair of drops on the season from solid throws, plays like that are hard to ignore. Through eight games this season, Williams has been targeted 32 times and only hauled in 18 receptions. Some balls have been overthrown but part of the issue is his ability to create separation. Known for his ability to win against contested catches, the second-year receiver is struggling to find ways to get open against man coverage and make an impact for the Bolts outside the red zone. But his numbers aren’t horrendous for a player who was limited to 11 catches during his injured plagued rookie season. Along with his 18 receptions, Williams has collected 338 receiving yards and is averaging 18.8 yards per catch. That currently places him 5th among actives receivers in the YAC category.So Williams is still learning. That’s part of the game for young players no matter the position. With injuries knocking them off their path, it might even take longer. But the contributions the young receiver has made this season are part of the reason why Los Angeles is currently one of the more quality offense in the league this season. “Last year, he wasn’t healthy and he didn’t practice a lot, so he was kind of learning on the run,” Lynn said. “This year, he’s more comfortable. He hadn’t missed many practices this year, so, he’s been really consistent. I think his confidence right now is at an all-time high. He’s looking good.”Maybe Telesco and the Chargers fans will be disappointed that their top-10 pick isn’t turning into a top-10 wide out this season. Maybe he never will be that “elite” receiver so many thought he could be coming out of school.As a vertical threat in the red zone Virgil Green Color Rush Jersey , Williams has the ability to make teams regret playing single coverage on him. His lower body power and agility has allowed the young receiver to make some pretty acrobatic catches this season. With Keenan Allen playing the role of possession receiver and Tyrell Williams showing off quality speed as a potential deep threat, Williams should continue to carve out a role as the team’s reliable boundary receiver. In the red zone, hopefully Rivers can find a perfect match-up and let his receiver show the league his ability to win with his strengths. Production is key to stay in the league and Williams has shown an immense amount of it this season. He might not be an elite fantasy option but overall, let’s give credit to the receiver’s growth in year 2 of his potential stellar career. 5 plays from the Ravens/Chargers: Bolts punched in the mouth - Kyle PoseyOn the final play, it’s the offensive line and their inability to make plays in space. Whether it’s over running or getting thrown out of the way. It’s been a problem most of the second half of the season and the Ravens highlighted that. I go over each of these in detail. See the video below.Melvin Ingram the consistent anchor for Chargers' defense - Eric Williams"He's played very well," Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. "I know as a coaching staff we've asked our players to do some different things, different techniques maybe than they have in the past.NFL MVP Poll - Who our experts pick heading into Week 17 - Dan GrazianoRivers got one second-place vote and seven third-place votes. He's top-five in QBR, yards per attempt and passer rating, and he ranks seventh with 31 touchdown passes against just 10 interceptions. His Chargers are 11-3, and if they win this week and the Chiefs lose, they'll snatch that top AFC seed away from Mahomes & Co. at the finish line. Comeback victories in Pittsburgh and Kansas City in recent weeks have stamped this Chargers team as a dangerous Super Bowl contender, and the veteran QB is leading the way with maybe the deepest team he has ever had.NFL evaluators make picks on Week 17's best games - Mike Sando (insider)"There is too much turmoil in Denver and they do not have enough on offense," one of the insiders said.How the Chargers Can Prepare for the Playoffs This Week - Tyler GallagherAgainst the Ravens, Melvin Gordon looked effective Caleb Sturgis Color Rush Jersey , but he came limping off the field after a couple of carries. If he is not fully healthy by this weekend, why not go with Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome? The game against the Pittsburgh Steelers showed how effective that duo can be, so the Chargers should rely on them if Gordon is not 100 percent.Ravens bully Chargers: The good, the bad and the hopeful - Dennis J. HassellOn their first passing play, Rivers and Keenan Allen lost their sh*t with the refs — though Philip would probably say he lost his “shoot”.The proof is that on the very next play, Allen was still futilely yapping at the ref, and was not set. Penalty. This is called losing focus, and it is talked about incessantly by the coaching staff and players. Coach Lynn, please tell Rivers that passion is like fire: it has a good side and a bad side. Keep your eyes on the prize, captain. And please reflect that that first quarter with your ranting was the Chargers’ worst.Social Media Information:BFTB Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageBFTB Twitter: Follow @BFTB_ChargersThe Lightning Round Twitter: Follow @Lightning_RoundThe Lightning Round Facebook: Click here to like our pageBFTB Manager: Richard Wade: Follow @RichardWade
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