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February 2, 2020 by James Fedewa
Looks like the Philip Rivers era is coming to an end for Chargers Fans. Is this ac-TUA-lly happening? I’m so sad, I could eat a whole container of s-HERBERT. This s-EASON is going to be tough. I really LOVE-d Rivers but fans knew the owners are Jackasses (err BURRO-W’s).
January 4, 2020 by James Fedewa
…with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft (OK, so now you know. I’m a Chargers fan): Rivers is getting up there in age, at 38 years young, but he is not ready to retire. Finding his replacement would be the savvy selection with the #6 overall pick, but not necessary the sure thing. so I will give you FOUR draft day scenarios:
- 1.) Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco will be aggressive with this years draft and trade up to get the #1 overall pick. Chargers trade their #6 pick, their #38 pick and 2021 1st round pick to select Quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU. This would be ideal fit for Burrow as he could learn for a season with Philip Rivers as his mentor.
- 2.) Telesco will use the #6th overall draft pick to select Quarterback Justin Herbert, Oregon. Many mock-drafters are predicting Herbert to the Chargers, which could be an excellent selection, as he has the size, arm strength and what I like most about him the most is his leadership and poise. Herbert is the true leader of the Oregon Ducks football team and after watching the Ducks vs. Washington and vs. Wisconsin, Herbert led his team to victory.
- #3.) Chargers will trade down in the first round and trade back up. Telesco is not a “wheeler and dealer” when it comes to the draft. He likes a set of guys (per round) and generally sticks to his scouting evaluations and round groupings (he lets the draft come to him). But this year, Telesco will turn his #6 pick into two first round picks in 2020 with trades. The first pick will be a left offensive tackle (or even Right Tackle Tristan Wirfs, Iowa). Followed by their selection of Quarterback Jacob Eason, Washington. If Philip Rivers gets to tutor a young QB, that QB should have a set of similar tools. Eason and Rivers have very similar builds and play style and Eason could be the perfect protegee for Rivers. Looking at the top 5 quarterbacks in this draft, I could see Eason or Herbert the best fit for Rivers.
- 4.) Honestly, I think at least four quarterbacks will be selected in the first round and three will be taken in the top five picks. If Telesco wants a quarterback in the first round, he’s going to have to trade up and get one. Cincinnati, Detroit and Miami will probably have already selected Burrows, Tua and Herbert, which would leave the BPA: Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State being selected by the Chargers.
Mock drafting for the Chargers is not about what you or I think. Its about what you (or I ) think Tom Telesco will do (so predict the GM is the game, not mock drafting)
Current Season Playoffs: (RANT)
With the (Your Team Here) out of the playoffs, (Your Team Here) fans can now move on from this professional football and focus on the NFL Draft. Sure, the NFL Playoffs will be fun to watch for many fans, but since the (Your Team Here) are done, so we should all be done with the NFL for now (or for at least the playoffs anyway). If you are a 100% (Your Team Here) fan, then zero percent interest should be focused on other teams (and the NFL), so why bother to watch (except for maybe the Seattle Seahawks; give them 3% of our professional football interest, just because I live in Seattle and my kids love Russell Wilson, who is #3, hence the 3%).
The main reason why we should be done with the playoffs, other than because the (Your Team Here) are done for the season, the NFL referees are pure garbage (which is shit, mixed with a junk). Missed calls, unturned video replay reviews and subjective bias leniency. It’s crazy how much a referee can alter the outcome of a game, yet the NFL thinks they are so good, it is difficult to improve.
My Second reason why we should NOT watch the NFL Playoffs: Douche Bag NFL Owners. Screw those know-it-all pricks that think they are improvising their brands by either moving to a different city, firing their coaches after one season, or pretending they know how to run a a football team because they own a team. That’s like saying, I own a Ford Truck, and my truck slid on the pavement the other day, so lets replace every tire (or replace the whole truck). NFL Teams should be run by their city, not a person or chairman, sorta like the Green Bay Packers, but that’s a different topic.
My third and final reason why we should be done with the NFL Playoffs (this one’s personal): I won my fantasy football league, so my pinnacle for this season was finished just after week 16, the fantasy football championship game.
10/15/2019 by James Fedewa
I have not been blogging too much this season, as I usually focus my content in the beginning of the year (primarily with the NFL Draft, January through April). After the NFL Draft, I usually review local craft breweries and their unique beers, as well as rant about the NFL. If you have ever seen my Instagram account, you would already know my passion for unique beers. But lately, my available time has been running scarce, especially with our kids getting older, including their variable sports schedules.
Sure, 8 year old and 10 year old kids are limited in actual competitive sports, but it is fun to watch them do well, yet we never really know what our daily schedule might bring. We can have three soccer games in one day, and two soccer practices and a basketball practice the next day. The following week might only have three total practices, and staggered games over the weekend, in different (yet local) cities…
And we would not want it any other way. This was not the primary reason why we wanted kids (making life unpredictable, fun and/or diverse), but the change of focus from our individual selves, focusing on something else (our children and their growth). These new responsibilities grants us wisdom within our family making us better people, and more importantly, better humans. My wife and I wanted kids to grown with us, to enhance each others lives, and to share our values. We can pave a path for our kids to walk, but they must choose their own direction (with a nudge or two).
It is also weird how our own parents values influence how we now raise or own kids. My folks had me in soccer, football and baseball (which is exactly what I find myself doing with my own children), but not necessarily the same sports. We want to expose our kids to as many sports they could think of, and see which sports sticks. I wanted to see the sports they were good at, or hated, or which sports I do not like at all (or my wife loves). Yes, we do have our preferred kids sports (Mom vs. Dad / kid vs. parent), but that diverseness can only enhance our kids aspirations and thought process.
Team sports is not just about just playing games and being competitive. Sports is about our kids social behavior, interactions with other kids, and they how they act in groups. It is about kids finding new friends (outside our neighborhood), that have common likes and interests, other than just by the boundaries we live in. Our kids learning from different types of people, parents and coaches (other than school, family or church), with a totally different style of disciplines.
Most parents chose this lifestyle, as our own hobbies become very secondary. I loved to golf twice a week, home brewing beer, playing guitar and blogging about what I love, but now days, I do not really have that time. My kids are my hobbies. It is crazy to think that I can surf the internet for an hour, shopping for the new LeBron James basketball shoes for my daughter (or Blake Griffin / Josh Allen jersey that she really wants). Or I might be looking for a Saquon Barkley Color-Rush jersey for my son (because he likes all football teams, not just the Seahawks). Question: how does a 6 year old boys from Seattle become Ohio State fan? (UGGG!)
…it’s not exactly the “perfect” life, as I wish my kids loved the Chargers, Padres, Lakers (or the CSUB Roadrunners, like me), but since they do have passions and have favorite players, and I can support that. We play (and watch) Football, Soccer, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, and will keep searching for more things for our kids to like. I have been eyeballing racquetball (again) and La-Cross, so those might be the next two things. ***But to be honest, it breaks my heart when I have to buy Clippers, Seahawks and Buckeye swag. “Dad, will you hold my (Broncos) backpack?” (Hell No! Not now, not ever… NEVER!)
I do wish I had more time to blog, and I will, but until then, check out this “Style of Beer” chart that I found on-line (not that color actually dictates taste, smell and flavors of beer – but it’s a cool chart):
Husband: “Honey, grab me a sixer!”
Wife: “Sure, of what? “
Husband: “Something red…”
Wife: “Killian’s Irish Red it is…”
Husband: “Noooo! something local… Never mind, just grab me an IPA please…”
4/25/2019 – by James Fedewa @jamfed www.NationalFanatic.com
This seasons NFL Draft will be remarkable, we all know it, but predicting this draft is probably the most difficult in recent memory. If Kyler Murray does go #1 overall, then most mock-drafters (and Draftnik’s) are safe and should have a pretty decent top ten prediction, but Kyler Murray should not be your typical #1 overall type of draft pick.
Murray would instantly be the shortest NFL quarterback in the league, in the last 50 years (amongst typical first-round type QB’s). Plus Kyler has only started one season and he has the advantage of leaving the NFL to return to his MLB career. These are just too many (negative) variables for a #1 overall prospect. (…not to mention, the Cardinals already drafted a quarterback #10 overall in last season’s draft – Josh Rosen)
Please let me know what you think. Open dialog and communication is always admired:
|1||ARIZONA||Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama||Best player in the draft and an instant inside force for AZ. He can stuff the run and rush the passer, which the Cardinals need most of all. Kyler Murry is not the solution in AZ (Undersized, one-year starters are rarely first overall picks.) Lets not forget who is running this team: Steve Keim. Keim is the guy who drafted Josh Rosen and if he bails out now, ownership will have his head. Rosen remains Chosen.|
|2||SAN FRANCISCO||Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State||A good blend of power, technique, and DNA, Nick Bosa is the premier pass rusher in this draft. A few nagging injuries have limited his playtime, but nothing major. (weird thing; Bosa’s mother tweeted me an odd “quirky” PM about being her blessed, based on something I said about the Bosa’s healing factor – which is mildly awesome, and odd)|
|3||NEW YORK JETS||Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky||The Jets have not have a great outside/edge pass rusher in decades. MOTOR + EDGE / MOTOR * STATS = PRODUCTION!|
|4||OAKLAND||Ed Oliver, DL, Houston||Oliver might be a Swiss Army Knife for the defense and could play 3-Tech, 5 Tech or Zero Tech on the D-line (and possibly play a bit of ILB). Put him anywhere on the defense and he will impact the game, which is what the Raiders have not had in a long time. Sure, Khalil Mack was a phenom, but he’s gone, and who has impacted the Raiders in the middle in the last 35 years? No one. Call him Howie Long 2.0 (but crazier)|
|5||TAMPA BAY||Devin White, ILB, Georgia||I always push inside linebackers to the second round (or later), but White will be the exception. Most of the buzz in Tampa has White selected here, so in true nature of Roquan Smith, here you go SEC.|
|6||NEW YORK GIANTS||Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State||If the Giants plan on changing to a 3-4, they better have a quality OLB. He’s a Spiderman do-it-all; rushing the passer and dropping in coverage. He’s adaptable and a great scheme fit. (School Stats and Combine = no brainer – since they are still in love with Eli Manning)|
|7||JACKSONVILLE||Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida||Jacksonville’s O-line gets a nice upgrade with a road-grading right tackle. Their o-line has strengths and weaknesses, but might now be their comparable strength|
|8||DETROIT||Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama||Williams can play anywhere on the O-Line, and he will help the run game and pass protection. I expect a trade-down here for a quarterback needy team, but if it doesn’t happen, then Williams is their guy.|
|9||BUFFALO||Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State||Buffalo is the wildcard pick. They can take a DL, DE or WR here, but they finally found a QB, so lets try to protect him a little better. Dillard is the complete left tackle and should be projected higher, but WAZZU might not get the attention they deserve. Go Cougs!|
|10||DENVER||Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State||Flacco could flourish in Denver, but he will need a lot more help than what is currently there on offense. With their poor O-line and the lack of depth at WR, their first-round pick will not exactly set Flacco up for any type of success (from any position of need at #10). So just get the BPA = Haskins is just better than any OL, WR, TE or defender (Haskin’s 50 TD’s in just too good to pass up) Regardless of team, Haskins will be the TOP QB in this draft.|
|11||CINCINNATI||Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan||Gary slides just a bit, due to his shoulder problem. Gary might not have the best stats in college, but he is a beast. He is still a freak and freaks get drafted in the top 10. A freak with a potential shoulder surgery is #11 overall.|
|12||GREEN BAY||T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa||Tight Ends this early is really tough to chew (IMO), but Hockenson is a “can’t miss” prospect and is a little different with typical modern tight ends. T.J. can catch, block, move the chains and what is extra notable = pancake block. Think of an offensive tackle, mixed with a #1 receiver = Hock.|
|13||MIAMI||Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma||This still feels a little too early for Murray, but Miami needs help everywhere. Kyler is a TD machine and a big play every time he touches the ball. I do not think Murray is a top 10 draft-talent, but he is polarizing and is still gets drafted in the middle of the first round. 1-year experience at 5’-10” does not equate to a top 10 pick. Granted, I though Baker Mayfield should have been drafted #12 overall in 2018. Murray can be the first pick in the 2nd round too, but his arm strength brings him into the mid first round)|
|14||ATLANTA||Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson||The Falcons will focus on the D-Line, and Wilkins will quickly be a big disrupter. If Grady Jarrett can’t get a long-term contract, Wilkins can be his replacement.|
|15||WASHINGTON||Drew Lock, QB, Missouri||If Jay Gruden can tame this kid, and if Lock can follow Gruden’s way and coaching, Lock can develop into a great NFL QB. Gruden will draft lock to save his job (or he’s fired quickly).|
|16||CAROLINA||Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson||The Panthers could draft an OL, DB or DE. Ferrell is a top tier DE but has risen quite a bit (due to Sweat’s hart condition and Gary’s shoulder problem). Ferrell is a Peppers replacement.|
|17||NEW YORK GIANTS (via Cleveland)||Greedy Williams, CB, LSU||Greedy had a very late stock uprise. His stock has been up and down, but the NFL is a passing league and a DB is the notable counter move. NYG needs DL and DB help = D.U.N DONE!|
|18||MINNESOTA||Dalton Risner, OT Kansas State||My personal fav. of the OL class. Class act, blue collar, normal-man and long term guy. Plug him at RT or RG and forget about the position for 10 years.|
|19||TENNESSEE||Marquise Brown, WR, OKLAHOMA||The Titans want to be a running team, but they never commit to the run. They’ve leaned on an injured Marcus Mariota no matter the injury. So if Derreck Henry is “your guy” and “workhorse” (who they still do not use, except on occasions) at least prepare Mariota with a speed guy he can really rely on.|
|20||PITTSBURGH||Byron Murphy, CB, Washington||Murphy is a real DB, not solely based on speed or scheme. He is a football player who thwacks and covers, zone and press. Go Dawgs!|
|21||SEATTLE||Montez Sweat, EDGE,Mississippi State||Sweat’s is a top ten guy, but a heart condition caused his stock to slip. Frank Clark’s replacement (and equal). Sweat is big, fast and really really good. He will be better than Clark, and faster too.|
|22||BALTIMORE||D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss||Metcalf should go sooner than this, but his college stats are hindering his professional potential. DK is a wow factor and helps the WORST wide receiver core in the league. Only hiccup, their QB can’t pass worth a shit.|
|23||HOUSTON||Garrett Bradbury, C/OG, North Carolina State||The Texans need O-Line help more than anything. A good CB could be an option here too, but this team will start to lean heavily on their QB this year, protect him better…|
|24||OAKLAND (via Chicago)||Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia||Mayock know’s the Raiders need three levels of quality denfeisve players (D-Line, LB and DB) and the Raiders could possibly draft three defensvie players in the first round. Baker is a turnover machine.|
|25||PHILADELPHIA||Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan||Probably the worst LB core in the league. Bush is Bobby Wagner day one.|
|26||INDIANAPOLIS||Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson||Lawrence could possibly be this drafts best player (and available at #26 = WIN), but since nose tackles (zero tech DT’s) are a little undervalued in the NFL Draft, the Colts find a possible centerpiece to their D-Line. Play him has a 5-Tech DE in Indy’s 3-4 and he can excel.|
|27||OAKLAND (via Dallas)||Noah Fant, TE, Iowa||Need pick here and also a red zone primary option. The Raiders might be loaded at WR with AB and (House) Tyrell Williams, but neither are red-zone guys (both are YAC guys). Fant is your big slot / mismatch red-zone & 3rd down converter.|
|28||LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma||Ford can go as early as early as #18, but falls right to a Chargers need. Ford can start immediately at Right Tackle, and with Forrest Lamp projected at right guard, the L.A. o-line looks to be a team strength, which has not been notable in 10 years. Tom Telesco is quite predicable, considering his alternating O vs. D every first round pick, every year.|
|29||SEATTLE||N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State||Harry is a STEAL at this pick. Just watch an ASU game = N’Keal sticks out, big time… Russell Wilson finally gets a true #1 WR. (Hey, Angry Doug… you are a #1 too, but all these surgeries are making us worried about your career).|
|30||GREEN BAY (via New Orleans)||Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, LOUISIANA TECH||Mr. Sack. His game tape sells him alone. BPA and stackologist.|
|31||LOS ANGELES RAMS||Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss||O-Line is the target and a possible LT available at #31? Wow. Little has some work to do, but he’s a prototypical left tackle. He can be really-really good (and can start at RG day one, switching to LT when Andrew Whitworth retires).|
|32||NEW ENGLAND||Daniel Jones, QB, Duke||There will be a team targeting Jones a lot earlier than this (like the Chargers or NYG). But if not, Brady’s replacement is finally on the roster.|
4/9/2019 – by James Fedewa @jamfed
Mock draft 3.0, YES! Now I am feeling this seasons draft. Researching these rookie prospects is getting more and more interesting and we are all more excited about the upcoming Draft Day.
Kyler Murray will probably slide, and so will the inside linebackers, Devon White and Devon Bush. Nick Bosa will go #1 overall, even though he is a little stiff and injury prone. Quinnen Williams will probably slide to #3 (and I believe he is the #1 overall prospect), but the Jets might trade this pick before they select. Dwayne Haskins is still the top quarterback in this class, as 50 touch down passes (in his FIRST year as a starter) is just too tantalizing for Denver to pass up. Did Hollywood Brown’s knee injury cause him to slid out of the first round? And Tom Brady’s replacement???
Please let me know what you think. Open dialog and communication is always admired and answered:
|1||ARIZONA||Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State||A good blend of power, technique, and DNA, Nick Bosa is the premier pass rusher in this draft. A few nagging injuries have limited his playtime, but nothing major. Kyler Murray is not the solution in AZ (Undersized, one-year starters are rarely first overall picks.) Lets not forget who is running this team: Steve Keim. Keim is the guy who drafted Josh Rosen and if he bails out now, ownership will have his head. Rosen remains Chosen.|
|2||SAN FRANCISCO||Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky||Allen can complement newcomer Dee Ford on the edge. Quinnen Williams could also be the selection here, but SF has plenty of interior D-linemen already. Allen is really fun to watch and can easily be the #1 overall pick.|
|3||NEW YORK JETS||Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama||Best player in the draft that can play anywhere on the D-Line. BPA (but look for a trade down – maybe even just one spot to Oakland)|
|4||OAKLAND||Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan||Gary might not have the best stats in college, but he is a beast. Mike Mayock loves his height, weight, speed guys and Gary is THAT guy. Speed and Power pass rusher can improve Oakland’s defense (but if Mayock wants Q.Williams). Is he better than K.Mack? No, but different too.|
|5||TAMPA BAY||Ed Oliver, DL, Houston||Tampa’s defense could not stop anyone last season. Oliver might be a Swiss Army Knife for the defense and could play 3-Tech, 5 Tech or Zero Tech on the D-line (and possibly play a bit of ILB). Put him anywhere on the defense and he will impact the game. Bruce Arians will move Oliver all over the defense. An EDGE guy could be drafted here too, but I expect DE Noah Spence to break out this year opposite of JPP.|
|6||NEW YORK GIANTS||Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State||Giants are OK with Eli at QB (for the moment) and he could be a solid game manager with their much-improved O-Line, but the defense needs massive attention. Sweat will apply the heat, which will also improve the secondary.|
|7||JACKSONVILLE||Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida||Jacksonville’s O-line gets a nice upgrade with a road-grading right tackle. Their weak o-line might now be a strength. He’s like a quick DJ Fluker|
|8||DETROIT||Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State||Ziggy who? Burns can heat-up the QB pressure in the NFC North. Burns could be a better 3-4 OLB, but I think his focus should only be in pass rushing, hand in the dirt, down lineman.|
|9||BUFFALO||D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss||The Bills finally drafted a solid QB prospect last year, but who is he going to toss the ball to? Metcalf is a top 10 talent that is still learning the ins and outs of the position. He can develop into a #1 option for Josh Allen.|
|10||DENVER||Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State||Flacco could flourish in Denver, but he will need a lot more help than what is currently there on offense. OL Jonah Williams or OT Andre Dillard would be the smart picks here, but Haskins is just better prospect (Haskins 50 TD’s in just too good to pass up). How often do you get the best QB prospect with the 10th pick in the draft? Flacco is a temp.|
|11||CINCINNATI||Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama||Williams can play anywhere on the O-Line, and he will help the run game and pass protection. Andy Dalton has struggled without a quality O-Line. Plug him in at RT.|
|12||GREEN BAY||Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State||Free agency filled a lot of Defensive holes in the off-season, so the draft will focus on the offense. Dillard can play RT and shift Bulaga inside (or cut him)|
|13||MIAMI||Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson||This team is looking for a whole new identity and their new coach will begin with the defense. With Cam Wake and Robert Quinn gone, Ferrell is not only wanted, he is needed.|
|14||ATLANTA||Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson||The Falcons will focus on the D-Line, and Wilkins will quickly be a big disrupter. If Grady Jarrett cannot get a long-term contract, Wilkins can be his replacement.|
|15||WASHINGTON||Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma||Murray slides a bit, and falls to a team that already has a bunch of undersized QB’s on their roster. I do not think Murray is a top 10 draft-talent, but he is polarizing and is still gets drafted in the middle of the first round. 1 year experience at 5’-10” does not equate to a top 10 pick. **Granted, I though Baker Mayfield should have been drafted #12 overall in 2018.|
|16||CAROLINA||Dalton Risner, OT Kansas State||Carolina really needs a good edge rusher here, but the early run on DE’s will make them wait and go OT. Risner can play EVERY O-Line position, but I’d plug him in at LT.|
|17||NEW YORK GIANTS (via Cleveland)||Drew Lock, QB, Missouri||The wait worked! The Giants take the QB they always coveted in this draft. Having Eli’s replacement on the roster eases the entire NYG fan base. Lock has a ton of experience, playing against quality SEC competition.|
|18||MINNESOTA||Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma||Offensive line is the priority need here Ford can play RT or OG and the Vikings need upgrades all over their O-Line.|
|19||TENNESSEE||T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa||The new quadruplets are created: Hock, Corey Davis, Derrick Henry and Tannehill? WAIT, WHAT? Bye Bye Marcus Mariota…|
|20||PITTSBURGH||Byron Murphy, CB, Washington||Murphy is a great fit for a Pitt DB. Major upgrade over Artie Burns|
|21||SEATTLE||Greedy Williams, CB, LSU||Seattle needs some receiving offensive weapons, but the best DB in the draft falls to them, in the twenties? Easy pick…|
|22||BALTIMORE||N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State||Baltimore is not afraid to draft WR’s in the first round, without a lot of success. And they will continue to gamble with Harry. He’s big, fast and strong, not a little slot guy. If you watch ASU games, he is consistently the best player on the field.|
|23||HOUSTON||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State||Protect the QB! You have a good one, just protect him BETTER! Bradbury not only can pass protect, he can also open holes for the running game. Great pick!|
|24||OAKLAND (via Chicago)||Devin White, ILB, Georgia||White is a top ten talent (physically), but ILB’s are not top ten worthy in recent drafts. Mayock takes the BPA and a position of need.|
|25||PHILADELPHIA||Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan||A new left tackle (like Greg Little) might be their target, but Philly should focus on being more of a defensive minded team. Bush could be their answer.|
|26||INDIANAPOLIS||Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia||Ball Hawk, CHECK! Baker can go as early as #14, and I’m SHOCKED that the Raiders didn’t take him at 24.|
|27||OAKLAND (via Dallas)||Noah Fant, TE, Iowa||With two defenders already taken with the Raiders first two picks, they better get an offensive weapon. Fant will compliment Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams very well.|
|28||LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson|| Every time I get to this pick, I want to select an offense player, like a OT, OG or even a TE. Last time around I mocked a big CB here too, which would be great, same with an LB. But if Lawrence falls to #28, he will probably be the pick. I just do not see Tommy Telesco drafting a zero-tech DT in the first round. But with Luiget and Philon gone, and with Mebane’s age; DT is the pick.
…but Daniel Jones, QB, from Duke would be a great replacement for Rivers at this pick, but Rivers does not expect to retire in the next 3 years. Tyrod will keep the backup QB job for a bit.
|29||KANSAS CITY||Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, LOUISIANA TECH||With Ford and Houston out, KC needs to pressure the QB somehow. Ferguson can sack the QB, hole filled.|
|30||GREEN BAY (via New Orleans)||Marquise Brown, WR, OKLAHOMA||Browns knee makes him slide a bit, and Green Bay gets a little Hollywood.|
|31||LOS ANGELES RAMS||Erik McCoy C/OG Texas A&M||Any offensive lineman at this spot will work, but McCoy is not just ANY O-lineman. Great pick.|
|32||NEW ENGLAND||Daniel Jones, QB, Duke||Some team is going to target Jones a lot earlier than this (like the Chargers). But if not, Brady’s replacement is finally on the roster.|
11/5/2018 by James Fedewa @jamfed
The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, with a most impressive & complete team win. Philip Rivers was a surgeon on the field, cutting & slicing up the Seattle defense with relatively easy chunk plays. But this was not Rivers best game of the season, as the Seahawks kept Rivers completion percentage to a season low, 50%. Rivers only had 13 completions, but had 228 pass yards, with a massive 17.5 yards average per completion and two touchdowns.
Running back Melvin Gordon was also fantastic & extremely efficient, rushing 16 times with 113 yards (7.1 rush yards per attempt), including a 10 yard reception and one rushing touchdown.
Keenan Allen also had 6 receptions for 124 yards and two rushes for 14 yards, but he also had two very important 3rd down drops (that were perfectly thrown passes by Rivers).
Seattle dominated the time of possession of the game, and had a decent late game comeback, but with 6:45 in the 4th quarter, Russell Wilson threw a pick-six to nickle-corner Desmond King, which looked like the knockout blow. The Seahawks still scrapped back with an impressive comeback attempt, but with the final play of the game, Chargers Safety Jaleel Addai tipped a potential TD completion, causing the final play to be a game ending incompletion. Charger 25 / Seahawks 17
**The most notable errors of the game were caused by Los Angeles kicker Caleb Sturgis, who missed two extra points and missed a 42 yard field goal, leaving 5 point on the field. Early in the first quarter, the Chargers also attempted a two point conversion, which also failed.
10/8/2018 – by James Fedewa
The Chargers beat the Raiders on Sunday, which always draws smiles on Monday Mornings. I did not get to watch the game on my big screen TV, but I watched it mobile (on my phone, thanks to DirecTV Sunday Ticket App). Often real life can get in the way of a game or two, as my 9 year old had a soccer game at 1:55pm. But I did watch and listen to the game. And of course, I recorded the game and I will watch it again later tonight.
Although, I really do not have anything significant to post right now, until I re-watch the game, I just wanted to post something that recognized what the Chargers did for my Monday; They made it “Good-Monday,” or a better Monday.
…Which still makes me wonder why the Raiders would trade Khalil Mack, unless they knew this season is a wash and considered a rebuilding season under new Head Coach Jon Gurden. That being said, maybe pass rushers can be found easier than quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. If the Raiders were to trade away Mack, then why not also trade away Derek Carr? …I don’t get it… #FTR