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Plenty of Chargers sweating cutdown day

Sweat poured off Chargers cornerback Craig Mager, beading on his shaved head and falling off his beard. The weather in Costa Mesa wasn’t responsible for the perspiration; it was the result of a post-practice session that had Mager working on technique while sprinting in and out of drills. “I’m...

  • Chargers are keeping fingers crossed after ankle injury to linebacker Denzel Perryman

    Chargers are keeping fingers crossed after ankle injury to linebacker Denzel Perryman

    The Chargers’ 48-17 thumping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday night’s preseason opener was compounded by a potentially significant injury to a key starter. Middle linebacker Denzel Perryman hurt his left ankle in the first quarter and returned to the sidelines on crutches and in a...

  • Seahawks win in Chargers' debut game at StubHub Center

    Seahawks win in Chargers' debut game at StubHub Center

    It was fun while it lasted, which, for Chargers fans fired up to see the team play its first preseason game under a new head coach, in a peculiar new stadium and in a new city, was for about seven minutes Sunday night. That’s how long it took veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to dissect Seattle’s...

  • How cozy StubHub Center is racing to transform itself into an NFL-worthy home for the Chargers

    How cozy StubHub Center is racing to transform itself into an NFL-worthy home for the Chargers

    The European-style roof atop StubHub Center, made of a fabric designed to contain and reverberate crowd noise, was not in the original design plans for the $150-million stadium in Carson. It was added at the last minute, at a cost of $8 million, by stadium developer and operator AEG on Jurgen Klinsmann’s...

  • Rams lock horns with Chargers during joint practice

    Rams lock horns with Chargers during joint practice

    Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson was not having it, not from Chargers receivers and apparently not from quarterback Philip Rivers. Early in Wednesday’s joint practice, Johnson jammed Dontrelle Inman at the line of scrimmage and then shadowed the receiver up the field as Rivers fired a midrange...

  • High-powered offense should help Chargers score points with L.A. fans

    High-powered offense should help Chargers score points with L.A. fans

    In their “Fight for L.A.,” the slogan they adopted after moving to Los Angeles from San Diego this season, the Chargers could have a leg up on the Rams. And one prolific arm, a pair of churning feet and at least six sets of sure hands. Winning will be the most important thing in the battle for...

  • Philip Rivers already feels at home in StubHub Center

    Philip Rivers already feels at home in StubHub Center

    StubHub Center, the Chargers’ temporary home in the Los Angeles area, appeared to be just fine for Philip Rivers on Saturday during a joint practice with the Rams. The Chargers quarterback completed a pass for a touchdown to receiver Travis Benjamin on the first play of red-zone drills. A couple...

  • Chargers camp proves to be a real crowd pleaser

    Chargers camp proves to be a real crowd pleaser

    From the congested freeways to the cost of real estate, the signs are everywhere. That doesn’t make it any easier to grasp exactly how many people live here. Sunday was a reminder. An estimated 5,000 fans packed the Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa to watch the Chargers open training...

  • Anthony Lynn looks at the big picture as Chargers open training camp

    Anthony Lynn looks at the big picture as Chargers open training camp

    More than 5,000 fans watched from the west side of the Chargers’ practice field, buzzing over their team’s season officially getting underway. Training camp opened Sunday, the morning clouds clearing for a near-perfect summer day. Bodies pressed together — in the bleachers, which was capacity,...

  • Aaron Donald doesn't show up, and remains the topic of conversation at Rams camp

    Aaron Donald doesn't show up, and remains the topic of conversation at Rams camp

    The first day of training camp is generally about hope and optimism, so let’s start with a positive note. The Rams’ workout Saturday outdrew the Chargers’. Of course, the Chargers didn’t practice. They open camp Sunday. Now, to reality, which was less charitable. All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron...

  • Chargers rookie Isaac Rochell has come a long way since 'hating' football

    Chargers rookie Isaac Rochell has come a long way since 'hating' football

    The bright beams of sunlight were making it hard to be outside for long stretches without sweating through a shirt. In 2006, Isaac Rochell stood on a football field outside of Atlanta. He looked around at his peers, worshippers of one of the South’s favorite religions, and thought, “This might...

  • Chargers have one more move in mind: Up in the standings

    Chargers have one more move in mind: Up in the standings

    The grass was green. For most people setting foot on the grounds of an NFL practice field, this is a given. But for Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, it’s an important detail — one of many he and his colleagues deal with. “Everything is brand new,” Telesco said as he sat under a tent at the...

  • Chargers acquire quarterback Cardale Jones from Buffalo

    Chargers acquire quarterback Cardale Jones from Buffalo

    A day after the team worked out a former Heisman Trophy winner in an effort to add quarterback depth, the Chargers decided to trade for a former collegiate national champion. The team acquired Buffalo quarterback Cardale Jones on Wednesday for a conditional draft pick, reuniting him with Anthony...

  • Podcast | Fearsome Twosome: Goff, McVay and what to watch for at the Rams' training camp

    Podcast | Fearsome Twosome: Goff, McVay and what to watch for at the Rams' training camp

    The Rams are about to begin their second season back in Los Angeles with training camp opening at UC Irvine later this week. But this year they’re not the only NFL game in town. The Chargers will also begin camp this week in Costa Mesa, just a short drive from the Rams’ site. Eventually, the two...

  • Robert Griffin III auditions for Chargers, but Colin Kaepernick continues to be the bigger story

    Robert Griffin III auditions for Chargers, but Colin Kaepernick continues to be the bigger story

    The Chargers will be the latest NFL team to learn that sins of omission in this league, at this time, are just as powerful as sins of commission. Tuesday, they worked out Robert Griffin III, a former Heisman Trophy winner trying to resuscitate his career as a professional football quarterback. ...

  • Rams are on more familiar ground but still in transition

    Rams are on more familiar ground but still in transition

    The Rams are in familiar territory. With training camp set to open Saturday, team personnel have taken up residence at UC Irvine. Rookies are scheduled to arrive Wednesday, veterans by Friday. Last year, save for another losing season, was all new for Rams players. Their Orange County training...

  • Chargers to work out Robert Griffin III

    Chargers to work out Robert Griffin III

    Since Philip Rivers became the Chargers’ starting quarterback, whoever has served as his backup has had one of the NFL’s most predictable jobs. You stand, on the sideline, probably in an officially licensed ball cap, maybe signaling in plays, maybe holding the ball on extra points and field goals....

  • Chargers' Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have fond memories of San Diego

    The cuts and the pain caused to Philip Rivers have largely healed in the months since it was announced San Diego would no longer be his football home. Still, he knows this is his last week in San Diego with his team, one that’s bigger than just the players on the field. So those wounds might get...

  • Spencer Pulley poised to become Chargers' starting center

    Vanderbilt University, tucked inside of Nashville, is regarded as one of the top universities in the country, churning out a pair of U.S. vice presidents, countless business executives and academics. It also produced Chargers offensive lineman Spencer Pulley, a three-time member of the SEC Academic...

  • Chargers agree to deal with rusher Melvin Ingram

    The Chargers entered their final week of organized team activities under a cloud of bad news. Their top pick, wide receiver Mike Williams, wouldn’t be on the field with his new teammates until training camp at the earliest, a lower back problem making Chargers fans nervous about the team’s No....

  • Denzel Perryman finds his voice in the middle of the Chargers' defense

    In conversation, the “oomph” isn’t really present in Denzel Perryman’s voice. The Chargers middle linebacker, the man tasked with relaying play calls, lining up teammates and breaking huddles, has a smooth alto when talking without a helmet covering his face. “I’m just trying to earn my stripes,”...

  • Chargers sign rookie defensive back Ryan Reid

    The Chargers added another rookie to their secondary Thursday, signing Ryan Reid. In his senior season at Baylor, the 5-foot-11 Reid intercepted three passes while earning a place on the honorable mention All-Big 12 team. He joins a crop of rookie defensive backs that include Rayshawn Jenkins,...

  • Korean-born kicker Younghoe Koo is trying to stick with Chargers

    The football shot through the air and through the uprights on the Chargers’ first day of rookie minicamp, with Younghoe (pronounced Young-way) Koo briefly posing, his left foot planted and his right foot in the air. This is what a kicker looks like. But Koo, an undrafted free agent out of Georgia...

  • 'Lot of learning' for Chargers rookies on first day of camp

    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn didn’t exactly heap praise on first-round draft pick Mike Williams after his first on-field work as a member of the team Friday morning. According to Lynn, Williams “showed up.” According to Lynn, Williams “caught a few balls.” And according to Lynn, “Mike was fine.”...

  • Chargers' Desmond King, Rayshawn Jenkins have something to prove when rookie camp starts Friday

    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and quarterback Philip Rivers both cracked jokes at defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s expense before the team began the last day of the draft, a drawn-out three-day ordeal. Before Saturday rolled around, the Chargers and their draft board left Bradley and the defensive...

  • Chargers and Mike Williams reach agreement on four-year deal

    A year ago, the Chargers entered rookie minicamp without first-round pick Joey Bosa under contract. They entered training camp in the same predicament. And it wasn’t until the final days of August when the team and Bosa finally reached a deal. History, at least on this front, won’t be repeating...

  • Chargers' preseason schedule is set, with dates and kickoff times

    We already knew the Chargers would play Seattle for their first game at StubHub Center. We already knew that the game would be on Aug. 13. And, Tuesday, we got the final piece of the puzzle, with the NFL announcing a 5 p.m. start time for the Chargers’ debut in Los Angeles. The Chargers’ first...

  • The Rams' preseason schedule is set, with dates and kickoff times

    Kickoff times are set for Rams preseason games. The Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Chargers and Green Bay Packers were already known as Rams opponents, but the NFL on Tuesday released all dates and kickoff times for every preseason game. The Rams play host to the Cowboys on Saturday, Aug. 12...

  • NFL releases completion of 2017 preseason schedule

    The Rams open their preseason with a Saturday, Aug. 12, evening game against Dallas at the Coliseum. The Chargers open the following evening at StubHub Center against Seattle. The Rams’ other preseason home game comes on Aug. 26 against the Chargers in a 5 p.m. matchup. The Chargers’ other home...

  • Second-round draft gamble paid off for the Chargers

    Tom Telesco and the Chargers had no particular plans to be a “winner” during last week’s NFL draft. The winning, Telesco said, matters only on Sunday. Nevertheless, the team got good reviews for their seven-round haul that included wide receiver Mike Williams, guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney,...

  • Chargers send a message they're ready to compete now with draft picks

    Philip Rivers, who in the eyes of so many people, himself probably included, is the quarterback of the San Diego Chargers, took the stage at his team’s new home Saturday morning to a massive amount of adoration. Chants of “Hall of Fame” faded in time for Rivers and two of his children to announce...

  • Chargers select two offensive linemen on second day of draft

    Everything changed for Forrest Lamp when he was 10 years old. For his entire life, people probably made jokes about his first name, people probably shouting “Run, Forrest. Run,” and told him that “life is like a box of chocolates.” But the summer after he turned 10, the script literally got flipped....

  • Chargers could face challenge of picking between two playmaking safeties in draft

    Facing out toward the StubHub Center field, which Monday was serving as the location for a diner commercial, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco opened his league-mandated pre-draft news conference with the most honest statement of the day. He wasn’t going to say much, he said, almost apologizing...

  • Chargers' Joey Bosa is creating his own workout path away from his teammates

    Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa was asked about his draft preparation a year ago, a process that ended with him being selected No. 3 overall. He trained for the drills, the shuttle runs and the sprints. He trained for the weight lifting, and he even took a practice Wonderlic test, the timed aptitude...

  • Defensive end Joey Bosa joins Chargers for workouts

    Standout defensive end Joey Bosa joined the Chargers for workouts Monday after being away the first two weeks of the voluntary offseason program to work out with a personal trainer in Florida, general manager Tom Telesco confirmed during a predraft news conference at StubHub Center. But first-year...

  • Chargers GM Tom Telesco hopes to excel at NFL draft, spreadsheets and all

    Every NFL general manager needs a system. In the buildup to the NFL draft, years of in-person scouting, hours of film study and mountains of notes about details large and small need to be distilled down to an easy-to-navigate list, ranking the football players that’ll best help your football team....

  • Chargers get some help from NFL schedule maker

    Since moving to town three months ago, the Chargers have been in desperate need of a visibility push. The NFL just gave them one, shoving them right over the Rams. In releasing its 2017 schedule Thursday, the league pushed the Chargers forward into the spotlight while leaving the Rams hanging on...

  • Get ready for chaos when the Rams and Chargers host games at the same time

    If freeway traffic gets bad enough, does it actually move backward? We could find out this NFL season when, in the rarest of scheduling rarities, the Rams and Chargers will play simultaneous home games at the Coliseum and StubHub Center, respectively. That hasn’t happened in the same market since...

  • Chargers will open the season with a Monday night game in Denver

    The Chargers’ “Fight for L.A.” — the slogan they’ve used as the rallying cry in their move from San Diego to Los Angeles this offseason — will get about as good a start as the team could’ve hoped. With immense pressure to win right away as they enter a new market, the Chargers’ 2017 schedule begins...

  • Chargers, who show up, get down to business

    Anthony Lynn stood under the sun at Chargers Park with his team, able to coach them as a group on the football field for the first time as the Los Angeles Chargers’ coach. “They’re gaining a lot more than they know,” Lynn said of the players in attendance for the voluntary workouts. But three high-profile...

  • Practice is like a (barefoot) walk in the park for Chargers

    The gigantic human beings that represent the Chargers have their shoes and socks piled in the corner of the field. They’re taking part in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts at Chargers Park and, for the time being, they’re doing it barefoot. Monday marked the start of the second week of these...

  • Chargers preseason schedule announced: Fight for L.A. set for Week 3

    For decades, Los Angeles didn’t have any professional football teams to root for. This season, they’ll have two. And in the interest of fun scheduling (and lowered travel costs), the Chargers and the Rams will meet for the first time as Angelenos in week three of the preseason. The game, which...

  • Raiders' move to Las Vegas appears to be in the cards

    The NFL is ready to roll the dice. The league intends to vote as early as Monday on the Raiders’ proposal to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, and owners at the annual meetings are leaning in favor of giving the franchise the green light. People with knowledge of the situation told The Times...

  • NFL owners meet this week with the Raiders' possible relocation to Las Vegas the hot topic

    The cities have changed, the relocation game has not. NFL owners will gather at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix this week for their annual meetings, the first in 22 years in which — thanks to the Rams and Chargers — there are no team vacancies in Los Angeles. The spotlight now swings to Las Vegas,...

  • Chargers re-sign running back Branden Oliver

    The Chargers have agreed to re-sign running back Branden Oliver, the team announced Thursday. Safety Adrian Phillips, who started six games last season, also signed his exclusive rights tender. Oliver, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Buffalo before the 2014 season, missed...

  • Chargers heading to Costa Mesa for training camp

    The Chargers will hold training camp this summer near their new Orange County home, the team announced late Tuesday. Camp will take place at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, a center that has six fields that normally houses youth soccer and flag football. The site previously served as the home...

  • Chargers' Keenan Allen expects to be ready for the start of training camp in July

    There’s a better than average chance that Keenan Allen, the Chargers wide receiver, will look at the television screen during a NCAA Tournament broadcast and start dreaming. He won’t, though, be imagining a reality where he’s catching alley oops instead of spirals. That dream hasn’t existed since...

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