LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

San Diego coach Norv Turner is thrilled about the addition of former Kansas City fullback Le’Ron McClain to the Chargers’ backfield.

After accounting for 25 of the 28 giveaways the 2011 San Diego Chargers had during their disappointing 8-8 season, including a career-high 20 interceptions, quarterback Philip Rivers is looking to improve his ball security.

Well, we already addressed your ridiculous expectations of the Chargers’ day 3 and day 2 picks, so that brings us to Melvin Ingram. The 18th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft has had some truly insane predictions made about his rookie campaign already. One observer has already projected an NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award for Ingram in his first year as a pro.

After losing Darren Sproles and Mike Tolbert in free agency the past two years, many were surprised the Chargers waited until the seventh round of last month’s NFL draft to select a running back. The team needs depth behind starter Ryan Mathews, and though rookie Edwin ‘Rock’ Baker is expected to contribute as a third-down back, the team still has a glaring need to fill on the depth chart.

Norv Turner’s San Diego Chargers haven’t won a playoff game since Turner’s first year with the team, 2008. That has many believing that 2012 will be a make-or-break season for Turner. The problem is that with the Chiefs getting healthy again and the Broncos adding Peyton Manning, the AFC West might be stronger than ever.

In 2004, first-round quarterback Philip Rivers waited for his deal to be done, missing two preseason games and nearly a month of training camp.

“Gates looks great — he’s back,” Chargers coach Norv Turner told the newspaper. “Physically, he’s back to where we want him to be. I think, like anybody, going through this offseason program helps you get better. (It’s) the combination of conditioning, the combination of getting better in the areas you can improve, and being out there with your teammates.”