Chargers Take Another Hit Before The Season Even Begins

The Los Angeles Chargers have had the roughest offseason out of any team in recent memory. Star RB Melvin Gordon is holding out while he seeks a new contract, WR Keenan Allen is out with an ankle injury and tackle Russel Okung is also nursing an injury. Now Derwin James is set to be out for a few months after he has surgery on his foot. James’ injury places another hit on LA’s offseason and maybe their biggest one of all since their secondary got the boost they needed when the Florida State product arrived last season via the draft.

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Pay Me Or Trade Me: Melvin Gordon Edition

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has demanded that the Chargers either give him a new contract or trade him before the new season kicks off.

Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in the upcoming season however the four-year pro believes that he’s worth more due to his consistency out of the backfield and ability to stay on the field. He has an argument as he’s started at least 11 games in each of his four seasons which includes two pro bowl appearances (2016 & 2018).

The former first-round pick out of Wisconsin is one of the best workhorse backs in the league as he has tallied 5,205 yards from scrimmage and 38 total touchdowns over his four seasons. He ran for over 1,000 yards in the 2017 season and this past year he fell just short of that, but he missed four games and had 100 less carries. He made up for that by averaging over five yards per carry for the first time in his career (He averaged 3.8 before).

If the Chargers don’t pay him now they would be risking watching their best back since LaDainian Tomlinson walk away in next year’s offseason. Would that be a wise move? I don’t believe so. Gordon wants to be paid in the same range as the game’s best backs who have already gotten big paydays such as Todd Gurley and LeVeon Bell and quite frankly he deserves it, especially with Phillip Rivers nearing retirement.

Who Are The Most Under The Radar Heisman Candidates?

Every college football season a number of players will come from out of the blue and begin to shine. Last season we saw the emergence of Houston QB D’eriq King before he had a late season injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. So who will be the breakout stars for this upcoming year?

1. D’Andre Swift

2018 Stats: 1,049 rushing yards, 6.4 yards/carry, 13 total touchdowns

Georgia running back D’Andre Swift has been excellent in filing the shoes of NFL backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb as the Bulldogs main tailback. Fellow backfield mate Elijah Holyfield recently left school for the NFL so Swift will get a much bigger workload in his junior season. The bulldogs still have Jake Fromm at quarterback and plenty of wide receivers to play with so Swift will definitely have his opportunities to continue being the dynamic playmaker that he already is

2. Rondale Moore, Purdue

2018 Stats: 114 receptions, 1,258 receiving yards, 213 rushing yards, 662 kick return yards, 14 total TD’s

Purdue sophomore Rondale Moore burst onto the scene last year as a true freshman with his electrifying play bringing a new hype to the Boilermakers team. Moore averaged well over 10 yards per touch, inagine that. That’s a first down every time he touched the ball! If he can continue tearing up the Big 10 and help Purdue can win the Big 10’s western division, Rondale Moore may be able to become the program’s first Heisman triphy winner ever.

Is The AFC West Officially The Best Division In Football?

The NFL’s free agency period just opened up however a certain division had been making huge progress on their rosters even before free agency started. The AFC West teams have been making strides all off-season from roster cutest huge trades that will surely impact the 2019 season.

Incumbent division winner Kansas City began making their moves when they released linebacker Justin Houston and then later signed running back Carlos Hyde. The moves will help their explosive offense while offering them a chance to get younger on their defensive line. The Chiefs will wind up saving over $15 million in salary that they can invest into their defense while also having the ability to draft important pieces.

The Oakland Raiders have made the two biggest moves this offseason with the trade for Antonio Brown and the signing of left tackle Trent Brown. The two moves help solidify the Raiders’ struggling offense that desperately needed pieces around QB Derek Carr. The best part of their offseason moves so far? They still have their three first round picks in this year’s draft that they could use as trade capital or of course they could load up with young talented pieces for Jon Gruden’s resurgence.

The Denver Broncos have moved on from former starting QB Case Keenum and elevated to former Ravens QB Joe Flacco who brings a super bowl title to John Elway’s franchise. The Broncos also get former m