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Chargers DC on rookie Jerry Tillery: 'You saw flashes'

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- As he returns from injury, Chargers first-round pick Jerry Tillery is making a strong impression -- on and off the field.

Tillery, 22, had surgery to repair a torn labrum before the draft in March and fell to L.A. at No. 28 overall. The former Notre Dame defensive tackle missed OTAs and minicamp but made his debut at training camp on July 25.

"We have a great training staff here and my rehab has gone really well," Tillery said after practice Sunday. "I'm feeling great and moving even better."

Missing all that practice time in the spring is especially tough for rookies, who aren't accustomed to the NFL offseason schedule. But Tillery was able to contribute off the field while he recovered.

"The way he works and the way he's been in meetings and walkthroughs (is impressive)," defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. "He's a very detailed and a very prideful person."

Finally back at practice, Tillery has begun to show what made him a first-rounder. He took reps with the first unit leading up to the Chargers' preseason game versus Arizona last week but was held out of the game as a precaution. He hopes to play against the Saints in the Chargers' second preseason game next Sunday.

Tillery didn't get as many reps with the first team at practice Sunday, but his work still stood out in the 90-minute practice.

"I think today was the first day, because he was involved more, where he stood out in a team situation," Bradley said. "You saw flashes of it and you were like 'Wow, OK. We just saw a flash of Jerry Tillery.' As he gets more and more reps (he'll improve).

"He's there mentally, I think he just needs the physical part of it now -- the lining up and block reaction, things like that."

The Chargers boast one of the best pass-rushing tandems in the league with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but the two tackles lining up inside are equally important.

Brandon Mebane, a 12-year vet, will start at nose tackle, while the other defensive tackle spot is obtainable. Justin Jones, a second-year player, has emerged as the probable starter, but Tillery and others will likely have a role.

"Jerry's a smart player. He's picking up things really, really quick," Jones said. "Once [Tillery] can align himself up without even thinking about it, and spend time thinking about what (offensive linemen are) going to do and how they're going to attack rather than what he has to do, it'll open up the game so much for him."

Like with any rookie, it will take time for Tillery to get used to the pro game. But if practice is any indication, it appears he will be a force as soon as he takes the field.

"I feel like I'm getting better every day, I'm better than I was yesterday," Tillery said. "It's a process of just trying to be the best me I can be."
 
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Andrew Luck may not play in week 1vs Team Spanos due to a high ankle strain.

 

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Andrew Luck may not play in week 1vs Team Spanos due to a high ankle strain.

Saw that. Sucks, he has spent a lot of time on the injury bench.
 

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Chargers Sign TE Ben Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers signed TE Ben Johnson the organization announced on Wednesday. In a corresponding move, LB Josh Corcoran was waived.
Johnson, who spent training camp with the Chargers in 2018, caught 61 passes for 670 yards and two touchdowns in 45 career games at Kansas. In his senior season in 2017, Johnson hauled in 30 passes for 363 yards and a career-long 57-yard touchdown.

Chargers Sign DE Thomas Costigan

The Los Angeles Chargers signed DE Thomas Costigan the organization announced on Monday. In a corresponding move, TE Andrew Vollert was waived/injured.
Costigan, who participated in rookie minicamp for the Chargers, played in 44 career games at Bryant University. He registered 285 total tackles, including 166 solo stops. The 6-3 defensive end tallied 26 career sacks, forced 13 fumbles and three interceptions. He posted a career-best 11.5 sacks during his junior season in 2017.
 

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Chargers Sign TE Ben Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers signed TE Ben Johnson the organization announced on Wednesday. In a corresponding move, LB Josh Corcoran was waived.
Johnson, who spent training camp with the Chargers in 2018, caught 61 passes for 670 yards and two touchdowns in 45 career games at Kansas. In his senior season in 2017, Johnson hauled in 30 passes for 363 yards and a career-long 57-yard touchdown.

Chargers Sign DE Thomas Costigan

The Los Angeles Chargers signed DE Thomas Costigan the organization announced on Monday. In a corresponding move, TE Andrew Vollert was waived/injured.
Costigan, who participated in rookie minicamp for the Chargers, played in 44 career games at Bryant University. He registered 285 total tackles, including 166 solo stops. The 6-3 defensive end tallied 26 career sacks, forced 13 fumbles and three interceptions. He posted a career-best 11.5 sacks during his junior season in 2017.
Sounds like the Antonio Gates era is over in Carson.
 

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Sounds like the Antonio Gates era is over in Carson.
Yeah, it is unlikely, barring any major injuries that they will bring him back for his 17th season. Time For Gates to get fitted for his gold jacket.

Though this guy is just camp fodder.
Hunter and Green will be the main 2 TEs this season I believe. Culkin will probably be the 3rd unless one of the others wows the coaches in preseason.
 

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Chargers star Keenan Allen likely out until September after reportedly suffering ankle injury

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is likely going to miss the rest of the preseason after suffering an injury during practice this week.

According to ESPN.com, Allen injured his ankle, and although the team isn't considering the injury to be serious, the Chargers wide receiver is likely going to miss the rest of the preseason. The good news for Los Angeles is that it looks like Allen will be available for the team's season opener, which is being played at home on Sept. 8 against the Colts.

Even if Allen was healthy enough to play again this preseason, the Chargers would likely keep him sidelined as a precaution and that's because the injured ankle is the second injury he's suffered this month. According to The Athletic, Allen banged up his knee in early August during a joint practice with the Rams.

Speaking of joint practices, the Chargers held another one with the Saints on Thursday, and this time, Allen didn't participate. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was actually asked about Allen's absence, but he didn't mention anything about the receiver's ankle. Instead, Lynn simply said the receiver wasn't practicing because he was "sore."

Clearly, Allen's injury is about more than him just being "sore."

The fact that Allen is banged up should be mildly concerning to the Chargers and that's because their star receiver has had some trouble staying healthy. Although he's played in every game over the past two seasons, Allen did miss a total of 22 games due to injury from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, the receiver missed the final few weeks of the season after he lacerated his kidney in a game. In 2016, Allen missed 15 games after tearing his ACL in the Chargers' opener.

The Chargers will definitely be cautious with Allen and that's because he's a huge part of their offense. Allen has caught a total of 199 passes over the past two seasons, which is the sixth-most in the NFL over that span (Only Julio Jones, Adam Thielen, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas have caught more since 2017).
 

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Philip Rivers, Chargers plan to address new deal after season

Tom Brady won't be the only franchise quarterback playing out his contract. Add Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to the list.

Sources say that the team and its star quarterback are both in agreement that the likely scenario is for Rivers to play out his contract and address his status following the 2019 season. The perennial Pro Bowler has started every game for the Chargers since 2006, and the expectation is that the run will continue beyond this season.

Rivers, who will turn 38 this season, is due to make $16 million this season in the final year of a four-year, $83.25-million extension. The Chargers have looked into drafting a QB high in each of the last several drafts but last took a passer in the third-round or better in 2006.

General manager Tom Telesco told NFL Network in June, "We're on the same page with Phil."

Rivers later told NFL Network's LaDainian Tomlinson in training camp, "I think when you get to this point, you do take it one year at a time. But I do expect to be playing here next year, that is the expectation. But when you're 37, you say, 'OK, let's focus on this year.' Then, 'Let's focus on next year.' Take them one at a time."

The Patriots and Brady are in a similar situation, with Brady getting a raise this training camp, but no extension. He's playing out his contract, which he summed up by saying, "I'm ready to go this year, and that's really what matters. That's where my focus is."

For both QBs, it seems, there will be some business to handle following the season.
 

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Rivers playing out his contract? Foolish. Spanos cheap and Rivers not wise. Prescott wants $34 million to play.
Brady did get an extension. Telesco says they're on “same page.” Yeah, but it ain't no checkbook.


Brady agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Patriots that runs through the 2021 season, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. The new deal increases Brady’s 2019 income by about $8 million, to $23 million. It adds two additional seasons at prospective salaries of $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021, according to the league-owned NFL Network.
 

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Rivers playing out his contract? Foolish. Spanos cheap and Rivers not wise. Prescott wants $34 million to play.
Brady did get an extension. Telesco says they're on “same page.” Yeah, but it ain't no checkbook.


Brady agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Patriots that runs through the 2021 season, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. The new deal increases Brady’s 2019 income by about $8 million, to $23 million. It adds two additional seasons at prospective salaries of $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021, according to the league-owned NFL Network.
Not quite true on Brady Harry.
With the 'extension' TB is set to be a free agent in 2020.
"Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports that the new Brady contract contains a clause that voids the agreement on the final day of the 2019 league year, and that prevents the Patriots from using the franchise tag or the transition tag on Brady in 2020. Thus, barring a new deal before the start of the 2020 league year in March, Brady will become a free agent.

That said, the Patriots and Brady could still choose to work out a new contract before Brady hits free agency. A source with knowledge of the contract tells PFT that the deal falls beyond the category of contracts that cannot be renegotiated for at least one full calendar year. Thus, a new contract can be executed before the current one expires.
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