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The Chargers have agreed to sign free agent LB Nick Vigil, per NFL Insider Adam Caplan (via Twitter). Ben Baby of ESPN.com tweets that it’s a one-year deal. Vigil was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 2016 draft and spent the first four years of his career with Cincinnati.

The Utah State turned in a productive platform year in 2019, starting in all 16 games and recording 111 tackles while playing virtually all of the Bengals’ defensive snaps. Advanced metrics were not overly fond of his work, ranking him as the 42nd-best linebacker out of 58 players who played in at least half of his team’s snaps.

But Vigil will not turn 27 until August, and a short-term pact on a fairly young ‘backer with plenty of starting experience and tackling ability makes sense for the Chargers. Indeed, the division-rival Raiders were said to be interested in Vigil before filling their LB needs elsewhere.

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A 26-year-old offensive lineman with 80 starts, five straight Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl appearance on his NFL resume is switching teams – and coasts.

On Wednesday, the Chargers acquired guard Authentic Trai Turner Jersey from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for offensive tackle Russell Okung. A combination of youth and experience, Turner becomes a major piece to a new-look offensive line led by position coach James Campen.

“It’s kind of like a fresh start,” Turner said. “I get to be in a new facility, new teammates, new coaches, new city. I’m looking at it as like a rejuvenation of my football career.”

Turner’s credentials are as impressive as any O-lineman in the league. A third-round draft pick in 2014, the former LSU standout entered the NFL at 20 years old and started nine games his rookie season.

In 2015, Turner played 98 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps. The Panthers owned the league’s highest-scoring offense (31.3 points per game) that season and went 15-1 before losing to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

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“I firmly believe you lead by actions first,” Turner said. “I plan to do that by leading with my actions first and foremost, and then see where it goes from there. I just want to come in and lead by example – do what I’m supposed to do in workouts, do what I’m supposed to do in the classroom, and most importantly, do what I’m supposed to do on the field.”

Turner said he expects to start at right guard for the Chargers, the position he largely played during his six seasons in Carolina. He’s already had a “good conversation” with Campen, who spent 11 seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line coach before joining the Cleveland Browns in 2019.

“I’m excited about getting coached up by him,” Turner said.

Sharing the field with explosive offensive weapons isn’t new to Turner, either. He blocked for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, helping him to win MVP in 2015. Last season, Christian McCaffrey had 2,392 yards from scrimmage and broke his own NFL record for catches by a running back (116).

Turner said he likes what he’s seen from a Chargers offense that includes wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, tight end Hunter Henry, and running back Austin Ekeler. He added that he’s also heard positive things about quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Still, with free agency in its early stages and the draft over a month away, the roster continues to evolve.

“Whoever may be back there, I’m just ready to do my job so everyone around me can shine – because when they look good, I look better.”

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Undrafted free agent Authentic Koda Martin Jersey has been waived with an injury designation. To replace him on the 90-man roster, the team agreed to terms with offensive lineman Brant Weiss.

Martin, who has been waived with an injury designation, came to the team from Syracuse where he played for one season under his father-in-law and head coach, Dino Babers. Prior to that, he spent time at Texas A&M. It’s a tough blow for him as he figured to push for at least a spot on the practice squad this summer.

After playing at Toledo in college, Weiss has been looking to continue his career in the desert of Arizona. He was on the Arizona Cardinals roster last year after signing as an undrafted free agent but he was cut prior to the start of the season. Before the league folded earlier this year, Weiss was also on the roster of the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.

The 6-foot-6 offensive lineman played in 36 games at Toledo. Though he is a fresh face in the Chargers locker room, he joins the team with still nearly a month before training camp starts, giving him plenty of time to get acclimated to his new surroundings.

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That said, he will likely find it difficult to crack the 53-man roster and will be looking to do whatever he can to stick around in some capacity.

He will likely get a shot at either of the tackle spots to see if he can be a fit as a swing tackle for the team.

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Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Authentic Bryan Bulaga Jersey is not happy with his peers.

On Tuesday, Bulaga expressed his disappointment over the lack of participation from NFL players in voting for the new CBA, as 22 percent of eligible players elected not to vote.

“I’m very confused why so many guys didn’t vote. It was a big deal,” Bulaga said, via Joe Reedy of The Associated Press.

While Bulaga would not reveal which side he chose in his vote, he was a bit discouraged that such a large number of players chose not to place a vote at all:

“The CBA isn’t something we’re voting on for ourselves,” said Bulaga. “It’s a big decision and to see so many guys not vote is disheartening.”

The new agreement increases the percentage of revenues given to players and upgrades their pensions, but it also means that an extra game will be played in the regular season starting in 2021.

“Regardless of how it went it probably would have been encouraging if more guys voted,” added Bulaga. “It’s interesting and unfortunate. Guys are able to do what they want.”

Bulaga signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Chargers in free agency a couple of weeks ago.

The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Iowa, was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round (23rd pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He spent the first 10 years of his career with the Packers, establishing himself as one of the club’s best offensive linemen.

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November 6 has been circled on Dexter McCluster’s calendar since September 20.
After being cut by the Tennessee Titans on September 2, McCluster didn’t know what was in store for him and his NFL career. Less than three weeks later, on the 20th, San Diego came calling and the Week 9 matchup against the Titans became a marquee game.
“The unique situation right now is that I just left Tennessee,” he said. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity the Titans gave me for those two years I was down there. I know a lot of those guys, but it’s going to be fun. We’re friends outside the field but on the field it’s game time.”
While many players go radio silent when they play against their close friends, McCluster is taking a different approach. That is, until Saturday.
“I talked to one this morning on Snapchat. He was just saying how they’ll be down Friday and how he’s excited to see me. I’m going to keep on talking to them but on Saturday, it’s show time and I’m going to turn that phone off.”
While the emotional part of Sunday may run high, McCluster isn’t letting the sentiments overshadow the magnitude of the game itself. While seeing his former teammates will be fun, what’s most important is coming out with a victory for the Chargers.
“It’s an important game, we have to find a way to get a win and pull it all together in all three phases. Where we are now, as a team we definitely need this win to propel us. Being in Tennessee for two years, you have to kind of remember it, but separate it as well.”
With two seasons as a Titan under his belt, think McCluster has tipped any of his Chargers coaches and teammates? While it hasn’t happened yet, don’t say it won’t.
As he slyly alluded, “We might have a couple conversations here and there.”

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Chargers RB Andre Williams had a prolific career at Boston College from 2010-13, finishing with 704 carries for a school-record 3,754 yards and 28 touchdowns (third in school annals). Williams received numerous honors during his time at BC, such as the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, consensus All-America recognition and unanimous first-team All- ACC honors. He was also one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 2013.
Chargers OLB Josh Keyes also played at Boston College from 2011-14. In his four years as an Eagle, he tallied with 124 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks over 43 games.
Chargers tight ends coach John McNulty served as the wide receivers coach at Connecticut from 1995-97.
Chargers director of player personnel JoJo Wooden is a native of Hartford, Conn.
Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos began his college career at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and played on the football team for one season.
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Patriots WR Matthew Slater grew up in Anaheim, Calif., and was a standout track athlete and two-time letter winner in football at Servite High School. He went on to play four seasons at UCLA and set school and conference records as a kick returner during his time as a Bruin.
New England LS Joe Cardona is from El Cajon, Calif. He was a two-sport athlete at Granite Hills High School, where he lettered twice in football and four straight years in lacrosse.
New England S Patrick Chung was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He attended Rancho Cucamonga High School, where he excelled at wide receiver and free safety.
Patriots DE Cassius Marsh hails from Westlake Village, Calif., and attended Oaks Christian High School, followed by a four-year career at UCLA.
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Patriots DL Lawrence Guy played for the Chargers from 2013-14, appearing in 13 regular season games during that time.
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Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was the assistant head coach and running backs coach at Buffalo from 2015-16 and later took over interim head coaching responsibilities at the end of the 2016 season. During that time, Lynn coached Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (2015-16), CB Stephon Gilmore (2015- 16) and WR Chris Hogan (2015). Under Lynn’s guidance in 2016, Gillislee led all NFL running backs with a 5.7 yards per carry average.
Also at Buffalo, Chargers offensive line coach Pat Meyer worked on the support staff from 2015-16 and Chargers defensive coach Giff Smith served in the same capacity for the Bills when Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Chris Hogan played at Buffalo in 2012.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee and CB Stephon Gilmore played with Chargers QB Cardale Jones at Buffalo in 2016.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola played with Chargers QB Kellen Clemens and T Joe Barksdale at the Rams in 2012. Clemens also played at St. Louis in 2011 when Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels and defensive line coach Brendan Daly both served in the same role for the Rams.
Patriots LB David Harris played with Chargers QB Kellen Clemens at the New York Jets from 2007-10 and with Chargers C-G Matt Slauson from 2009-12. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn also worked as the running backs coach (2009-14) and assistant head coach (2014) during Harris’s tenure at the Jets.
Patriots RB Dion Lewis and CB Johnson Bademosi were on the Browns’ roster when Chargers WR-KR Travis Benjamin played at Cleveland. Chargers quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen was also at Cleveland during that time working as an offensive quality control coach.
Chargers DE Chris McCain was teammates with Patriots WR Brandin Cooks at New Orleans in 2016 and RB Mike Gillislee at Miami in 2014.
Chargers T Russell Okung and NT Brandon Mebane played alongside Patriots DL Alan Branch (2011-12) and DE Cassius Marsh (2014-15) at Seattle. Branch was also teammates with Chargers TE Sean McGrath at Seattle in 2012. Additionally, Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2009-12 and coached Branch there.
Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was the head coach of the Cardinals when Patriots DL Alan Branch played at Arizona from 2007- 10. Chargers head strength and conditioning coach John Lott also worked for the Cardinals during that time.
Chargers running backs coach Alfredo Roberts was the tight ends coach for the Colts from 2012-15 and coached Patriots TE Dwayne Allen during that time. Patriots RB Dion Lewis, WR Phillip Dorsett and DL Lawrence Guy also played at Indianapolis when Roberts worked for the Colts.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco was the vice president of football operations at Indianapolis in 2012 when the Colts drafted Allen in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Chargers special teams coordinator and assistant head coach George Stewart served as the wide receivers coach at Minnesota from 2007-16, during which time Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea was an offensive assistant/wide receivers coach and defensive line coach Brendan Daly oversaw the defensive line for the Vikings.
Chargers quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen was an offensive quality control coach for the Browns in 2013 when Patriots RB Dion Lewis and CB Johnson Bademosi played at Cleveland.
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Patriots RB James White and Chargers RB Melvin Gordon shared the backfield at Wisconsin from 2011-13, helping the Badgers to consecutive Big 10 titles and Rose Bowl appearances in 2011 and 2012. White also played with Chargers FB Derek Watt (2012-13) and T Tyler Marz (2011-13) at Wisconsin.
When Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett was a freshman at Miami, Chargers WR-KR Travis Benjamin was a senior on the Hurricanes’ squad. The two receivers currently rank in the Top-10 in school history in both career receptions and receiving yards. Dorsett also played with Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins at Miami from 2012-13.
Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower was teammates with Chargers NT Damion Square at Alabama from 2009-11. Together, they helped the Crimson Tide to a perfect 14-0 record in 2009 and a 2010 BCS National Championship victory with a defensive unit that finished second in the nation in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense that year. Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge was also a member of the support staff at Alabama during that time.
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore and Chargers DE Melvin Ingram played together at South Carolina from 2009-11.
Patriots DLs Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise, Jr., played with Chargers TE Hunter Henry and DE Darius Philon at Arkansas. Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley was also on staff as a defensive graduate assistant in 2013 when all four were on the Razorbacks’ roster.
Patriots OL Shaq Mason and Chargers DE Jerry Attaochu were teammates at Georgia Tech from 2011-13.
Chargers QB Kellen Clemens and Patriots S Patrick Chung played one season together at Oregon in 2005.
Chargers CB Michael Davis played with Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy (2013) and LB Harvey Langi (2014-16) at BYU.
Patriots DL Adam Butler was teammates with Chargers C-G Spencer Pulley at Vanderbilt from 2012-15.
Patriots DL Malcom Brown and Chargers S Adrian Phillips were teammates for two years at Texas from 2012-13.
Patriots DB Eric Rowe was teammates with Chargers DT Tenny Palepoi at Utah from 2012-13 and T Sam Tevi from 2013-14.
Patriots OL Cole Croston and Chargers CB Desmond King played together at Iowa from 2013-16.
Chargers tight ends coach John McNulty coached the quarterbacks and served as offensive coordinator at Rutgers when Patriots DB Devin McCourty played for the Scarlet Knights from 2006-08.
When Patriots head strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera was an assistant strength coach at Fresno State from 2007-09, Chargers G-T Kenny Wiggins played for the Bulldogs.

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Jeff Obradovich wears his favorite jersey Sundays as he goes to bars in suburban Chicago to watch football, the sport he loves to coach.

The 47-year-old will slide up to the bar to order drinks, a craft beer for him and a white wine or sangria for his wife Joan. His South Side accent is thicker than a deep dish pizza crust.

And, it’s invariably why someone will turn to him and ask the question: “Why are you two wearing Chargers jerseys?”

“It makes my Sundays a lot more exciting,” he said.

Instead of watching the Chicago Bears scuffle their way through a rebuild, Obradovich gets to watch the Chargers, a team that features reserve linemen Michael Schofield and Dan Feeney.

They are his kids, players he drilled and coached at Carl Sandburg High in Orland Park, Ill., before they went on to careers in the NFL.

“This,” he said, ”is the coolest thing ever.”

And when he’s at the bars or with his friends, it’s a story he loves to tell.

Feeney and Schofield think it’s pretty cool, too, two players from the same hometown, from the same high school, coached by the same offensive line coach, together as teammates for the first time in an NFL locker room.

“We always talk about it,” Feeney said. “OB would love this right now.”

Schofield, who the team added before the season after he was released by Denver, was a bit of a late bloomer in high school, Obradovich said. After his freshman year, he started to grow and by the time his sophomore season had ended, Schofield was practicing with the varsity team. Three years late, the Sandburg coaches did the same thing with Feeney.
Chargers offensive linemen (left to right) Kenny Wiggins, Michael Schofield and Spencer Pulley on the field during action against the Chiefs at StubHub Center on Sept. 24. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
“Those guys, when they came up, I did one of those looks,” Obradovich said. “I looked at the other coaches and was like, ‘These guys are going to be good.’ ”

They were good enough to play Big Ten Conference football, Schofield at Michigan and Feeney at Indiana. Schofield, who was a senior at Sandburg when Feeney was a freshman, became a bit of a role model for his future teammate.

“Seeing him go through it, it was like, ‘Why can’t I do it?’ He was always a guy I looked up to. He’s gone through it, he had the Division I offer from Michigan. He’s starting. He’s doing all of that,” Feeney said. “Geez, I want to do all that too. It keeps you motivated, keeps you chasing something.”

That they ended up in the NFL is an improbability, though not an impossibility. Some high schools produce NFL players regularly. But two guys from Sandburg, a school that has only occasionally produced NFL talent, joining the league? Those odds are much longer.

When Schofield was waived by Denver and claimed by the Chargers, an ecstatic Obradovich, who coaches at Stagg High in Palos Hills, a Chicago suburb, texted his former colleagues. Then a bigger dream came into focus.

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“When Mike got picked up by the Chargers, I was in shock. I was talking to my wife, and she was like, ‘This is just unbelievable,’ ” Obradovich said. “And I told her, ‘Joan, they could be playing next to each other. In the NFL. Two of our linemen.”

It happened Sunday in Oakland.

An injury to starting right tackle Joe Barksdale and the desire to rotate Feeney, the team’s third-round draft pick, put the two together on the right side of the offensive line on the Chargers’ first drive of the fourth quarter.

On the first snap, the two slanted their blocks in sync, Feeney at guard and Schofield at tackle, helping set up a play-action pass to tight end Hunter Henry.

On the next play, Schofield got just enough of a blitzing linebacker to buy Philip Rivers the time needed to complete a throw to Tyrell Williams. Three plays later on a big third down, the two worked in tandem, with Schofield leaving his assignment to pick up a blitz and Feeney sliding over to cover for him. Rivers comfortably found rookie Mike Williams for a first down.

On the last play of the drive, Feeney sprinted off his initial block to set up a screen for Melvin Gordon, clearing the way for a touchdown as Schofield threw his hands up in celebration on the back side of the play.

“After, we talked about it a little bit,” Schofield said. “It was pretty cool. We both came from Orland Park and we’re both here.”

“It’s pretty crazy,” Feeney said with a laugh.

Halfway across the country, their former coach is enjoying it as much, if not more. . He still sends both players text messages. Once his season ends, he hopes to get a chance to celebrate the achievement with his two prized pupils.

“I still look at them as my kids that I coached. … It would definitely be a dream to go out and watch those guys. I couldn’t think of a better story,” he said.

And if he gets the chance to see Schofield and Feeney wear the same uniform for the same team on the same offensive line, he knows exactly what jerseys to pack.

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft, is slated to make his NFL debut next week against the Oakland Raiders barring any setbacks at practice this week, league sources told ESPN.

Another Chargers official said it’s premature to say Williams will be ready next week, however. The team is being careful and does not want to rush him back.

Williams, 23, had been ruled out for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants as he deals with a disk injury in his back. The injury has caused him to miss training camp and each of San Diego’s four games this season.

Ever since Williams’ injury flared up in the summer, the Chargers had planned to sit him out until Week 6. Williams has been practicing in pads since Week 2.

In his last season at Clemson, Williams played in 15 games and caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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NFL defensive backs sometimes feel like major league pitchers who are getting squeezed by umpires — they’re confused by a shrinking strike zone.

The league, in an attempt to reduce brain injuries, has tried to crack down on helmet-to-helmet contact, giving referees the authority to eject players for violent, “egregious” hits to the head, though that didn’t prevent Chicago linebacker Danny Trevathan’s skull-rattling hit of Green Bay receiver Davante Adams last week.

Defenders are trying to lower their targets while tackling pass-catchers, but like one of those “unwritten rules” in baseball, receivers have made it clear they don’t want their legs targeted with hits that could cause serious knee and ankle injuries.

Chargers strong safety Jahleel Addae and Miami receiver Jarvis Landry got into a heated argument before halftime of a Sept. 17 game when Landry took exception to Addae’s undercutting tackle of DeVante Parker.

Parker made a leaping catch of a Jay Cutler pass to the sideline. Addae raced in and upended Parker with a below-the-waist hit that contorted Parker’s body and sent him flying out of bounds.

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., whom the Chargers will have to contend with Sunday in MetLife Stadium, lashed out at Cleveland defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun for his helmet-to-knee tackle in an Aug. 21 preseason game.

The hit took Beckham’s legs out from underneath him, causing the star to fall hard to the ground and sprain his left ankle.

“You’re talking about stuff that happens at 20-25 mph,” Chargers free safety Tre Boston said. “The speed guys are running at, they’re in your face, and they’re coming at different angles … we already can’t hit from the shoulders up, and now you’re talking about eliminating the lower body?

“You’re seeing a lot of guys get hit in the legs now … and guys with ACLs, knee problems, ankle injuries. Guys are crying about it, but hey, don’t talk to us about it, talk to the league.”
Tre Boston tackles LeGarrette Blount of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half Oct. 1. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward, a Pro Bowl selection last season, said when he played receiver in high school, he preferred to get hit higher.

“If you ask the offensive guys, they’d rather get hit higher, in general,” he said. “They’d rather people stay away from the knees. Ask the offensive guys, and see what you come back with.”

What say you, Travis Benjamin, the Chargers’ fastest wide receiver and one who has caught 11 passes for 180 yards in four games?

“That’s kind of tough,” Benjamin said after a long pause. “God forbid, I take a low hit and have to have surgery, but you don’t want to get hit high because of concussions. So as a receiver, I’d rather get hit low. The head thing scares you.”

Former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez felt much differently after watching safety D.J. Swearinger, then with the Houston Texans, end the career of former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller with what Gonzalez called a “ridiculous” hit to the knee in a 2013 preseason game.

“That’s just not part of football, hitting a defenseless player in his knee,” Gonzalez said at the time. “That’s something we dread as players. That’s my nightmare. Hit me in the head instead.”

Staying put

An NFL spokesman affirmed the league’s commitment to the Chargers in Los Angeles despite the region’s apparent indifference to the club.

Opposing fans have overwhelmed Chargers fans in three StubHub Center “home” games, and with commissioner Roger Goodell in attendance Sunday, the Chargers were booed loudly by Eagles fans. Sunday’s game, a 26-24 Chargers loss, also drew a dismal 3.2 television rating in Los Angeles.

“As far as chatter that the NFL is looking for ways to return the club [to San Diego], there have been no discussions from the league or the club about this,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Those reports are false. …

“We all recognize, and the club has made it clear, that building a fan base will take time and won’t happen overnight. But we know the Chargers are working hard in the community. The league and the commissioner are here to help play a role, and last weekend was a good example.”

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Reserve offensive lineman Max Tuerk was waived Tuesday after missing the first four games because of a performance-enhancing drug suspension. The former USC standout was a 2016 third-round pick who was inactive for all 16 games last season. … Defensive end Whitney Richardson was waived off the practice squad. … Among the changes coach Anthony Lynn is considering this week is an expanded role for third-string running back Austin Ekeler, an undrafted rookie whose first NFL carry resulted in a 35-yard touchdown run Sunday and who has caught five passes for 47 yards. “Every time he’s in the game,” Lynn said, “he’s moved the chains.” Guard Dan Feeney and tackle Michael Schofield also are expected to get more playing time. … Hayward, tight end Hunter Henry and receiver Mike Williams were among the players who spent much of Tuesday at a WSS store in Los Angeles distributing new shoes and backpacks to 450 students from Carson-area grade schools. … The Chargers signed running back LeShun Daniels, who rushed for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns at Iowa last season, to the practice squad.

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Tackled by his teammates upon breaking the NFL record for touchdowns by a tight end, Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates wanted to avoid one person — longtime quarterback and good friend Philip Rivers.

“I specifically told Philip to stay away from me,” Gates said. “Because Philip is the guy that I’ve been through the battles with for years and years — I know that he can bring the emotions out of me.

“He was the only one I was like, ‘Look — you get away from me! Everybody else come on and congratulate me. But Phil, you stay over there!’ So it was fun. We moved forward. We made a play. We practiced it with repetition. We prepared for this moment. But at the end of the day, we still wanted to get the win.”

Gates’ historic touchdown catch — the 112th of his career to surpass Tony Gonzalez for the tight end record — came in the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Rivers and Gates have connected on 85 touchdowns during their careers, the most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem. The duo tied Steve Young and Jerry Rice among all-time NFL quarterback-receiver duos with Gates’ touchdown and now trail only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112).
Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have connected on 85 touchdowns during their careers, the most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
“It’s a lot of touchdowns,” Rivers said. “A lot of years, a lot of tight ends that have played in this league. It’s certainly a special accomplishment for him. I’m just thankful that I could be a part of a lot of them — not all of them but a lot of them. He’s been awesome, awesome for a long time.”

The Chargers dropped to 0-2 for the first time since 2008.

“It was a bittersweet moment,” Gates said. “Obviously, we scored and we were able to move forward in the game, but you still want to get a win for the whole accomplishment. But at the end of the day, my teammates embraced me.”

Since the NFL went to 12 playoff teams in 1990, only 12 percent of teams to start the season 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs. However, the last time the Chargers started 0-2, in 2008, they finished 8-8 and snuck in as an AFC wild-card team.

Even though it came in a loss, Gates plans to place the ball from the touchdown catch in his trophy case.

“I’m going to keep that ball, that’s for sure, and put it with the rest of the collection that I have,” Gates said. “And fortunately, when my kids get older, they can be able to say this is their dad, and this was what he was able to accomplish when he played the game of football.”

Here are the snap counts for the Chargers’ Week 2 loss against the Dolphins:

OFFENSE (based on 58 snaps)

Quarterback — Rivers 58, Kellen Clemens 0.

Running back — Melvin Gordon 48, Derek Watt 8, Branden Oliver 7.

Wide receiver — Tyrell Williams 52, Keenan Allen 49, Travis Benjamin 39, Dontrelle Inman 13.

Tight end — Hunter Henry 33, Gates 32, Sean McGrath 5

Offensive line — Russell Okung 58, Matt Slauson 58, Spencer Pulley 58, Kenny Wiggins 58, Joe Barksdale 41, Chris Hairston 21.
Offensive analysis — Chargers place-kicker Younghoe Koo’s struggles at the end of games continue a trend for the Chargers. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers have missed four straight potential game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the fourth quarter dating back to last year. Josh Lambo missed two in Week 16 against the winless Browns. Prior to this stretch, the Chargers had made 16 consecutive game-tying or go-ahead FGs in the fourth quarter or overtime. The team’s last miss before this stretch was Nov 27, 2011, a 48-yard field goal missed by Nick Novak with 12:36 left in regulation. … The Chargers finished 2-of-8 on third down against the Dolphins and are 25 percent on third down for the season, third-worst in the NFL. … After not being targeted in Week 1, tight end Hunter Henry was targeted seven times against the Dolphins, finishing with seven catches for 80 yards.

DEFENSE (based on 68 snaps)

Defensive line — Joey Bosa 51, Melvin Ingram 50, Darius Philon 36, Brandon Mebane 35, Corey Liuget 32, Tenny Palepoi 25, Damion Square 23, Chris McCain 18.

Linebacker — Jatavis Brown 68, Hayes Pullard 42, Kyle Emanuel 12, Korey Toomer 12, Nigel Harris 11.

Secondary — Trevor Williams 68, Tre Boston 68, Casey Hayward 68, Jahleel Addae 66, Desmond King 56, Adrian Phillips 6.

Defensive analysis — LB Jatavis Brown led the Chargers in tackles for a second straight game with 12. Brown leads the NFL with 26 tackles. … While Brown has played well, the Chargers’ tackling issues overall continue. Miami running back Jay Ajayi finished with 122 rushing yards, including 55 yards after initial contact, according to ESPN Stats & Information. … Miami WR Jarvis Landry’s 13 receptions on 15 targets tied his career high and is tied for second-most in Dolphins’ history.