August 2013 - Los Angeles Chargers Wiretap

Be The GM: Von Miller Or Eric Weddle

Aug 30, 2013 2:21 PM

Von Miller dominated Jamaal Charles in their first round matchup, while Eric Weddle narrowly got past Jared Veldheer in our 'Be The GM' series.

Miller looks like an easy choice to move into the quarterfinals, though his six-game suspension suggests some underlying issues beyond the outstanding pass rushing production that may make some think twice for a split second.

Miller was the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after Cam Newton and has instantly become one of the NFL’s most invaluable defensive players. Miller had 11.5 sacks as a rookie and then followed it up with 18.5 sacks in 2012 at just 23. Miller is an every down linebacker, but is almost single-mindedly focused on pressuring the quarterback and not ever dropping in coverage.

Miller is able to get to the quarterback as well as anyone in the NFL on the outside as well as the inside, making him incredibly difficult to contain.

Weddle couldn't be spotted in a lineup, according to Warren Sapp, and that is true but he also was graded as having the best season at safety since Pro Football Focus was launched. Many questioned the Chargers' logic in making Weddle the highest paid safety in the NFL, but he has gone on to earn that contract.

In 2012, Weddle had 83 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. During the previous season, Weddle intercepted seven balls.

Weddle is still just 28 and is incredibly durable and should be among the NFL's most reliably elite secondary players for many years to come.

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Chargers To Hold Walk-Through Practice On Aircraft Carrier

Aug 23, 2013 11:27 PM

The San Diego Chargers will hold a walk-through practice on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier on Aug. 28.

The nuclear-powered carrier is based at Naval Air Station North Island. 

The practice is one day before the Chargers host the San Francisco 49ers.

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Be The GM: Von Miller Or Jamaal Charles

Aug 12, 2013 2:10 PM

The Denver Broncos have won the AFC West in each of the past two seasons, not coincidentally in the first two seasons of Von Miller’s career. The previous winner of the division, the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, received a monster season from Jamaal Charles.

Miller was the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after Cam Newton and has instantly become one of the NFL’s most productive pass rushers. Miller had 11.5 sacks as a rookie and then followed it up with 18.5 sacks in 2012 at just 23. Miller is an every down linebacker, but is almost single-mindedly focused on pressuring the quarterback and not ever dropping in coverage.

Miller is able to get to the quarterback as well as anyone in the NFL on the outside as well as the inside, making him incredibly difficult to contain.

Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy, though there is a good chance that it is overturned and a source claims it wasn’t for a failed test. Miller had tested positive for marijuana in 2011.

Charles came out of Texas in 2008 and was the 73rd overall pick and eight other running backs were taken ahead of him. Charles ranks fourth in that class in rushing yards behind Chris Johnson, Ray Rice and Matt Forte, but ahead of Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Kevin Smith.

Unlike many of the other players on the list, Charles is amongst the youngest and also has fewer miles. Charles has 784 career carries compared to 1,463 for Johnson and over 1,200 for both Forte and Rice.

Charles came back from a torn ACL in 2011 to post 1,509 yards on 285 carries last season. Charles got better as the season progressed, Week 3’s 233-yard performance against the Saints aside, rushing for 100 or more yards in five of the final eight games.

Charles is rated No. 2 as the best running back since 2008 by Pro Football Focus behind Adrian Peterson and to do that while keeping his mileage down makes the 26-year-old capable of elevating to top tier running back status nationally.

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Be The GM: Eric Weddle Or Jared Veldheer

Aug 9, 2013 1:55 PM

The Oakland Raiders have had great players for most of their history and the San Diego Chargers have had a number of transcendent talents over the past two decades, but finding two representatives with star power for our "Be The GM" series was difficult.

Without any options at quarterback or on defense and Darren McFadden proving too unreliable, the bet for the Raiders is on the potential of Jared Veldheer at left tackle. Eric Weddle has become one of the most underrated talents in the NFL, a free safety that would be a household name if he played for a franchise with wider national exposure and is an easy pick for the Chargers now that Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have aged out of their primes. 

Veldheer was a third round pick by the Raiders in 2010 out of Hillsdale with a 6-8, 321 pound frame. Veldheer as started at left tackle since the middle of his rookie season.

Veldheer is in a contract year and his physique has been frequently buzzed about in the offseason as the Raiders implement a power blocking scheme. Veldheer has evolved to become an excellent pass blocker and 2013 is almost certainly going to be a season in which he solidifies himself as one of the NFL's best left tackles.

Weddle couldn't be spotted in a lineup, according to Warren Sapp, and that is true but he also was graded as having the best season at safety since Pro Football Focus was launched. Many questioned the Chargers' logic in making Weddle the highest paid safety in the NFL, but he has gone on to earn that contract.

In 2012, Weddle had 83 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. During the previous season, Weddle intercepted seven balls.

Weddle is still just 28 and is incredibly durable and should be among the NFL's most reliably elite secondary players for many years to come.

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