Los Angeles Chargers Rumors & News

Spencer Pulley Bolts' C Starter For Now

The Chargers received upper-echelon production from Matt Slauson last season, with the veteran continuing to function well at center despite being a natural guard. Slauson being moved back to guard this offseason opens the door at center, and the Bolts have 2016 third-round pick Max Tuerk seemingly waiting in the wings after essentially redshirting as a rookie. But second-year UDFA Spencer Pulley is throwing off that natural succession plan presently. Pulley is currently the Bolts’ starting center, Eric Williams of ESPN.com notes, while pointing out that it’s still May and Tuerk will have a chance to compete.

Pulley being ahead of Tuerk, who started at USC before catching the Mike McCoy-led Chargers’ eye last April, complicates matters for the former Trojan. Because the Chargers used their most recent third-round pick on Indiana interior lineman Dan Feeney, who joins second-round pick Forrest Lamp in the interior-line mix for Los Angeles. Williams doesn’t mention Feeney as a prime candidate here, so the Bolts could work him in at guard for now. Feeney did take reps at center earlier this offseason. Regardless of how this situation works out, the Chargers will have a remade interior line after relocating Slauson and cutting D.J. Fluker and Orlando Franklin.

Mike Williams Falling Behind Early

  • The Chargers’ first-round pick, wide receiver Mike Williams, could be falling behind early on account of a back injury that he suffered on the first day of rookie minicamp nearly two weeks ago. Williams, the seventh overall selection, hasn’t been able to take the field during OTAs, leading to some concern from head coach Anthony Lynn. “I’d like to see him out there next week because he’s getting behind right now, and we’ve got to get him back out on the field,” Lynn said (via Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com). “If he wasn’t a rookie it would be different. But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field.” Williams is the second first-rounder in a row to start off inauspiciously for the Chargers, whose top pick in 2016, Joey Bosa, didn’t debut until October on account of a contentious holdout and a hamstring injury. Of course, those initial roadblocks didn’t prevent Bosa from having an excellent rookie season.

Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman Has Core Muscle Surgery

Chargers wideout Dontrelle Inman is set to miss some time. According to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter), the receiver underwent core muscle surgery and is expected to be out for six weeks. This is relatively good news for the organization, as Inman should be healthy in time for training camp.

Dontrelle InmanInman toiled in the Canadian Football League after going undrafted out of Virginia in 2011, but he’s seemingly found a home with the Chargers, where he’s spent the past three seasons. The 28-year-old has a breakout campaign in 2016, hauling in career-highs in receptions (58), receiving yards (810), and touchdowns (four). Earlier this offseason, Inman signed his second-round tender assigned by the Chargers, meaning he’s set to earn a non-guaranteed $2.797MM base salary for the 2017 season. Next offseason, the wideout will be an unrestricted free agent.

Fortunately for Los Angeles, the team has plenty of depth at wide receiver, so they should be able to make up for Inman’s absence if he’s out longer than expected. With Keenan Allen and rookie Mike Williams presumably atop the depth chart, Inman will be competing with Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin to be the team’s third receiver.

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Chargers To Play At StubHub Center Through 2019

  • The Rams announced Thursday that the Inglewood-based stadium they and the Chargers were to supposed to play in beginning in 2019 won’t be ready until 2020. Southern California experienced record-setting rainfall over the winter, leading to “significant delays” in construction, according to the Rams. Consequently, they’ll call the LA Coliseum home for an extra season, while the Chargers will play at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center through the 2019 campaign.

Tre Boston On Chargers Deal

  • Tre Boston was moved to sign with the Chargers after a chance meeting with a random man, as ESPN.com’s Eric D. Williams writes. “I crossed two lanes to get to the gas station. I pump my gas. After I pump my gas, I put my wallet in my car. After I put my wallet in my car, there’s a guy with three kids and he asked me for a little bit of change, or if I had a dollar or two,” the safety explained. “I gave him a $20. So he tells me thank you so much, and that God put me in his life for a reason. And in my mind I’m saying you’re here for a reason, too. So in my mind I’m saying should I ask him, ‘L.A. or Buffalo.’ And before I could ask him, my man told me, ‘Thank you so much. There aren’t too many people like you in this world, God’s children. My name’s Mike Daniels, but people call me L.A.'” Pittsburgh also reportedly expressed interest in signing Boston, but it sounds like the Bills were the real runners-up for his services.

Chargers Sign Rayshawn Jenkins

  • The Chargers have signed fourth-round safety Rayshawn Jenkins, per a club announcement. After appearing 48 games over four years at Miami, Jenkins appears ticketed for backup and special teams duty during his rookie campaign. Not only does Los Angeles return two starting safeties in Dwight Lowery and Jahleel Addae, but it also added free agent Tre Boston earlier this week.

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/17/17

Today’s minor moves:

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Minnesota Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers

Chargers WR Keenan Allen Cleared For OTAs

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been cleared for organized team activities as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. Allen, who suffered his knee injury during the first game of the 2016 season, is now ahead of schedule, but Los Angeles is still using a “cautious approach,” per Williams.Keenan Allen (Vertical)

“It was good to see [Allen] back,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “He’s been released by the doctors, so he’s full go. We’re just working him in a little bit at a time.”

While Allen has been a force when on the field, he’s appeared in only nine games over the past two seasons due to injury. In 2015, Allen had already managed 67 receptions, 725 receiving yards, and four touchdowns in eight contests before going down with a lacerated kidney. Still only 25 years old, Allen is signed through the 2020 season after inking a four-year, $45MM extension last summer.

While the Chargers may not have another receiver of Allen’s caliber on the roster in the event that he is forced to miss time, Los Angeles has acquired an enviable amount of depth at the wideout position. The Chargers used the seventh overall pick on Clemson pass-catcher Mike Williams, who will team with Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, and Travis Benjamin as the Bolts’ wide receivers.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 5/16/17

Today’s minor moves:

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Los Angeles Rams

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  • Waived: DL B.J. Dubose

Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington Redskins

Chargers Moving Matt Slauson To G?

After parting ways with Orlando Franklin with three years remaining on his deal, the Chargers are going to have a revamped offensive line in 2017. But they will be doing some rearranging on their own as well. Matt Slauson functioned at center for the 2016 Bolts, but the former Jets and Bears guard looks like he’s going to be moving back to his original position. The second-year Charger worked at left guard during the team’s voluntary minicamp last month, Dan Woike of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes. Franklin lined up at left guard the past two years for the Bolts. Slauson played center, and graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 18 player there last season, but he was a left guard starter for his first five-plus seasons in the league. Slauson moved to center with the 2015 Bears due to a Hroniss Grasu injury. New Bolts HC Anthony Lynn was the Jets’ running backs coach throughout Slauson’s time with Gang Green.