SAN DIEGO -- Good morning.
Selected in the third round of the 2014 draft, Watt began training camp and the start of the regular season on the physically unable to perform [PUP] list as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, meaning he had to sit out the first six weeks of this season.
But the last few weeks Watt has been running and working out with trainers on a side field in an effort to improve his conditioning.
The Chargers could use an extra body up front, although center Matt Slauson has played solidly as the anchor of the team’s offensive line. Undrafted rookie Spencer Pulley also has served as solid depth behind Slauson, along with guards D.J. Fluker and Orlando Franklin.
At one point considered the team’s long-term answer at center, the Chargers drafted Max Tuerk in the third round this year, so Watt’s role with the organization moving forward remains uncertain. The most important thing Watt needs to show the Chargers is that he’s healthy.
When Watt returns to the practice field, the Chargers have 21 days to activate him or lose him for the rest of the year.
In this ESPN Insider piece, ESPN NFL analyst Mike Sando calls the Atlanta Falcons a contender in the NFC playoff conversation after a tough loss on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Out of the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos are considered contenders, while the Oakland Raiders are called pretenders.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell also believes the Falcons are for real.
My take: The Chargers will have their hands full on the road against one of the top offenses in the NFL, but should be able to move the ball against Atlanta’s up-and-down defense.
Dan McSwain of The San Diego Union-Tribune provides a Q & A on the Chargers $1.8 billion stadium ballot initiative that is worth your time this morning.
My take: I’m interested to see how much the team has moved the needle – if at all -- when the next poll comes out on the stadium project.
Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that rookie defensive end Joey Bosa has made an impact for the Chargers defensively in his first two games, both as a pass rusher and defending the run.
Don Banks writing for NFL.com notes that although the Chargers are in last place in the AFC West, they've outscored their opponents by 18 points at 173-155, leading the AFC West in points.
My take: Bosa has added energy to San Diego’s defense but will get his first real test against a talent Atlanta offense on Sunday.