NFL Notes: Chargers, Eagles & Steelers


  • Eric D. Williams of ESPN expects the Chargers to employ more run-heavy personnel groups now that Ken Whisenhunt has returned as the team’s offensive coordinator. However, Williams adds that the Chargers won’t totally more away from their three-receiver sets in 2016.
  • Williams expects veteran WR Stevie Johnson to still see plenty of targets this year, assuming he stays healthy.
  • According to Williams, second-year DE Darius Philon is expected to increase his production in 2016.


  • Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice writes that the best case scenario for the Eagles in regards to their quarterback position would be for them to be competitive in 2016 with Sam Bradford putting together a productive year. This would likely increase Bradford’s trade value next year and allow the Eagles to recoup a decent draft pick for him.
  • According to Kempski, there’s a “very good chance” No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz won’t be active for games this year, and will instead operate as the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind Bradford and Chase Daniel.
  • Kempski considers fifth-round BR Wendell Smallwood to be a lock to make the 53-man roster, even though his playing time could be limited in year one.
  • A few undrafted free agents to watch in regards to securing spots are LB Myke Tavarres, LB Quintin Gause, RB/WR Byron Marshall, G Darrell Greene, and DT Destiny Vaeao, according to Kempski.


  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) is hoping to be able to “cut and run freely” once training camp is underway.
  • Fowler expects the team to be cautious with Bell during camp, but it’s possible he could be back for the third preseason game.

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