Chargers host Win-less Jags

Busy week for the Bolts, fly home with a big W from Buffalo, injuries, transactions, photo shoots, an almost black out at the Q loomed and another AFC Player of the Week awarded to the Blue and Gold, as the Chargers get set to host a win-less Jacksonville team starting their first round pick, 22 year old QB, Blake Bortles for his premier start!

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Chargers have had all sorts of elements in regards to nature for the last month, from an earthquake to heat wave to wind and rain, not surprising and it didn’t hamper them one bit. I’m not sure what stands out strongest to me from the 22-10 win vs. the Bills, Weddle’s hellacious hit, Kendall Reyes 18 yard sack, Donald Brown touching the ball 36 times, of 61 total on the offense, carrying the ball for 62 yards. Malcolm Floyd with 98 receiving yards, Corey Liuget impressive defensive domination, Eddie Royal with 2 TD’s, and the ever mobile foreman at the helm, Phillip Rivers with an unbelievable performance, 256 yards and 2 TD’s. It was definitely a team win, however the W didn’t come with out downfalls too.   Injuries, the second RB down in 2 weeks, and in my mind the most difficult to replace, sure handed, can catch, block and run, Danny Woodhead was injured after first carry, he will be sorely missed the remainder of the season. Manti Te’o also with a foot injury, out for 4-6 weeks.  Prayers and speedy recovery wishes to both! It wasn’t long before fans on twitter started to chime and try to recruit possible fits; this was during the game as well.

Transactions

Busy day of transactions for Chargers that would be 10!! Signed LB Cordarro Law, RB Shaun Draughn and LB Kevin Reddick that’s 2 Tar Heels, both Draughn and Reddick went to North Carolina. Placed RB Danny Woodhead on the injured reserve list. Released DE Lawrence Guy. Released CB Marcus Cromartie from the injured reserve list. Signed RB Marion Grice from the practice squad. (The Arizona Cardinals quickly picked him up on Monday). Re-signed LB Colton Underwood and RB D.J. Adams to the practice squad. Signed TE Dave Paulson to the practice squad. Waived S Adrian Phillips from the practice squad.

Welcome to San Diego Boys!!

Shaun Draughn (pronounced Drone) joining his 6th team since 2011, with an average carry of 3.4 yards last season. Washington Redskins (2011)*, Kansas City Chiefs (2011–2012), Baltimore Ravens (2013) Indianapolis Colts (2013), Chicago Bears (2014) And as of Tuesday he is a Bolt, Draughn was released September 6th by the Bears, the selection you might question, as I was initially, why?? And that he has played on so many rosters. The silver lining is that he knows that many playbooks and surely is adaptable to be able to play. Fun tidbit he had his first running TD vs. the Chargers when he played for KC. Congratulations in order for dominating defensive force Mr. Corey Liuget, as he is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, that’s 2 Chargers players in two weeks, in case you’re counting.

A little break from practice for the players at camp Thursday, Chargers players bolted up or primped up with the Thursday Night Football production crew, all doing their ISO shots, for their coming #TNF game a month away at Mile High, #SDvsDEN.

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A Blackout hovered all week in America’s Finest City, Thursday it was announced that by multiple local sponsors KFMB (CBS 8), Union Bank, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Brigantine Family of Restaurants all joined forces in guaranteeing the game to be televised locally.

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“We’re grateful for the support from our corporate partners,” said Chargers Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer A.G. Spanos. “Their support is making it possible for families from our local military bases to enjoy a great experience at the game Sunday. Their actions are also making it possible for everyone at home to see the team play.”

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All over the NFL is Hispanic Heritage Month, its obviously no different in San Diego, Karina Iglesias, contestant on The Voice will sing the National Anthem, along with the team honoring San Diego natives Carlos and Linda LeGerrette with the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award for their long-standing community contributions. Jacksonville comes into San Diego being outscored 119 to 27, win-less at 0-3 and with the line at 13.5. Jaguars had only scored 1 TD in their last 10 quarters until Bortles connected with Allen Hurns for a 63-yard TD in the fourth last week, followed by a 10 yard score by Cecil Shorts III with seconds left in their 44-14 annihilation in Indy last Sunday. The team travels again for their 3rd away game with Floridian Blake Bortles to have his first start in the NFL.

“It was definitely good to get some game action before you go into the week of practice,” Bortles said. “So I mean kind of taking it one day at a time, try to learn from everything, every experience, situation you get put in and move on.”

I would say watch for 2nd round pick, Trojan stand out receiver Marquise Lee to be a target for the Florida reared Bortles, however as of Thursday, he’s on the DNP list with a hamstring injury, along with DT, Roy Miller, (ankle), TE Mickey Shuler (illness) and FB Will Ta’ufo’ou (ankle). There seem to be an explosion of injuries all over the league, more so than normal, or perhaps that’s what I always think, just seems more, hence why the practice squad is a revolving door first 3 weeks of the season, any given Sunday, so cliché but true on every level.

Chargers injury report Thursday, OLB Jerry Attaochu (hamstring), TE David Johnson (shoulder), C  Rich Ohrnberger (back), ILB Manti Te’o (foot) CB Jason Verrett (hamstring) and LB Reggie Walker all DNP (did not participate in practice, in case you don’t know). Noteworthy, Ohrnberger also was on the DNP list last week and played. David Johnson possible loss is more than meets the stats, his fullback and blocking ways are definitely needed with the slim back and new back situation.

Trap game, I know, hate the term as well, but just as the Chargers historically seem to beat opponents no one thinks they can, the shoe-in games are the scary ones for the fans. Especially with the team injuries compiling, next man up, yes one more idiom for you, why not through in one game at a time while I’m at it. Chargers should stampede the Jags, that is if they keep their eyes set on the game at hand, not project to the New York. I have confidence with McCoy and these players, this family, in keeping the focus on the field, in the moment and one play at a time. There is definitely something special going on at 2040 Murphy Canyon Road something that extends beyond practice, games or even in the locker room, it’s truly a special family!

Dynamite week wishes, cheers!  I’m out! Till next week.

 Desiree

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