Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers showed Aug. 26 how different a team they are with Philip Rivers at quarterback. They have scored touchdowns on all three possessions he has played this preseason.
In two possessions in the team’s 21-19 win against the Los Angeles Rams, Rivers completed all six of his passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
“This is about the time you start to itch for the opener,” Rivers said. “I’ve gotten in there enough this preseason that I feel ready to go.”
It was his first time on the field since the first possession of the preseason opener when he was 5-for-6 for 56 yards and a touchdown. Since that game and before the Rams one, the Chargers had scored one offensive touchdown.
“When he’s on the field, he’s a leader and he gets us in the right place, right positions, and you know, we move the ball,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “Our first unit is not just Phil. But, our first unit has moved the ball well in this preseason.”
Four of Rivers’ completions were to WR Keenan Allen, who played only one game last season because of a knee injury.
“It was nice to get him into a rhythm coming off that knee injury,” Rivers said. “I know that he’s had a great camp, but to get in the action more, I know that mentally certainly helps.”
Rookie watch: The third tight-end job behind Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry could be won by undrafted free agent Sean Culkin (Missouri). He played 34 snaps against the Rams. Noteworthy: Playing 11 snaps in his preseason debut returning from a knee injury, CB Jason Verrett had an interception. ... DE Joey Bosa had a stripsack of QB Jared Goff and DE Melvin Ingram returned it 76
yards for a touchdown. It was the second consecutive game in which the Chargers scored a defensive touchdown. ... QB Car
dale Jones played 31 snaps and Lynn said, “I thought he took a step forward.”