Los Angeles Chargers General Thread

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This looks like the only team without a general thread so might as well get one started.

Will be interesting to see if Jim Harbaugh improves the team demographically as well as on the field. OurLads currently surprisingly lists Morgan Fox and Nick Niemann as defensive starters along of course with the perpetually injured Joey Bosa. They've signed Gus Edwards who's a power back, while trading Keenan Allen and releasing Mike Williams. So they have almost nothing at WR on their roster right now. Justin Herbert can't be happy about that. They've signed Will Dissly and Hayden Hurst at TE, but both are middling talents. The o-line is currently 4/5 sumo, as it's often been in recent years.

We weren't very happy with "Psycho Jim" when he coached the 49ers, though his manic behavior was at least entertaining, culminating in the hard backslap he gave Jim Schwartz after a game against the Lions, which nearly led to a fight. Those white friendly Stanford teams he coached were the result more of that school's academic standards than Jim's doing. And then there's his brother in Baltimore, who always has one of the blackest teams in the league. So I won't get my hopes up, but given the direction the Chargers went last year under beta cuck Brandon Staley they could hardly get worse.
 

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Harbaugh has had many white success stories with Michigan such as Hutchinson, McCarthy, McGregor, Schoonmaker, Graham (#1 DT next year), Loveland (#1 TE next year), Zinter, etc. and has recruited a white RB in Cabana, although he may never see the field. It’s not great, but it way better than the other top programs.
 

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The conventional hive mind "wisdom" is that the Chargers will be almost absurdly run-heavy this season. I don't buy it. Justin Herbert is a great quarterback and he'll do plenty of throwing, maybe less than many teams but the Chargers aren't going to forsake the forward pass in 2024.

Ladd McConkey is playing both inside and out and already has a good rapport with Herbert:

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert already appears to be developing a nice connection with rookie second-round wide receiver Ladd McConkey. McConkey played both inside and outside at organized team activities on Monday, with the majority of his snaps with the first-team offense coming out of the slot. All of the Bolts' offseason moves have led to Herbert's fantasy stock taking a pretty big hit as a QB1. The Chargers are expected to be a much more run-heavy offense under head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Herbert also lost both top receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The 26-year-old signal-caller could still have big performances, especially if LA's offensive line provides more protection, but it's hard to argue that he'll have as much high-end upside in 2024.
 

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Ladd McConkey expected to become Justin Herbert's favorite target right away​



If this ends up happening we could see another Cooper Kupp Type Receiver in the making. Ladd McConkey is a great athlete
and has the hands plus the route running to go with it. I can see a future star in the making. Like the Beach Boys Song, "Good Vibrations".
Thanks for the update Don.
 

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If he can run routes on the same level as Kupp with his great hands that would be dynamic as he is quite a bit faster than Kupp and could possibly be a total nightmare for opposing DB's.
 

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Ladd McConkey was measured at 6' 0" at the Combine, but CBS Sports has decided he's 5'8". Maybe to make it easier to make future comparisons to former Charger Danny Woodhead, who unlike shorter black running backs was almost described as "tiny," "miniscule," etc. Otherwise it's a positive squib:

There's a very real chance McConkey, the Chargers' second-round pick out of Georgia, will lead the team in receptions and receiving yards this season. That's why he's arguably the first Chargers player you should draft in one-QB leagues -- even ahead of Justin Herbert. McConkey was great in college because he was in sync with his quarterback, and through offseason workouts it appears he's already connecting with Herbert. That'll help McConkey replace Keenan Allen as the Chargers' slot receiver, a role that could open up for as many as seven targets per game (Allen saw 8.5 or more targets per game in each of his last seven seasons but it was in a different system). And while McConkey is slight (5-foot-8 and 186 pounds), he is a route-running maestro who will get open frequently. His upside is greater in PPR since his volume figures to be high, which is why Round 7 is a decent time to take him; wait another round in redraft non-PPR leagues. As for rookie-only drafts, expect McConkey to get grabbed anywhere from sixth to 10th overall depending on format and scoring.
 
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