Today's question: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is in the final year of his contract and dealt with a nagging back issue last season. Can he rebound from an uneven performance during the second half of the 2014 season?
Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos: Rivers had five games last season with a completion percentage of less than 60 percent -- 60 percent is the bare minimum most play-callers will live with during these pass-happy times -- and three of those came over the final eight games of the year. Rivers has had more than a little drama in tow this offseason with trade rumors swirling before the draft. And it's definitely a team in transition with just five players on the current 90-man roster who have been with the team more than four years. Physically, back troubles have a way of re-surfacing in players, but in the offense, if rookie Melvin Gordon can get Rivers out of I-have-to-do-everything-mode, Rivers' chances of returning to form escalate quickly.
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs: I like his chances and I like them a lot. Rivers is only 33, so time is still on his side. The Chiefs have, for the most part, defended Rivers better than Peyton Manning in the two seasons since Andy Reid arrived as head coach and Bob Sutton as defensive coordinator. But they've still been nervous about putting together a successful game plan against Rivers. He brought the Chargers back from deficits to beat the Chiefs twice in 2013. The Chiefs beat Rivers and the Chargers twice last year, but they have a ton of respect for his abilities, and that includes the final game in 2014. The addition of Gordon should help give the Chargers a reliable running game this season, and that should go a long way in helping Rivers rebound.
Bill Williamson, Oakland Raiders: Yes, I think so. In fact, I think he will be one of the best players in the division. Rivers, who turns 34 in December, is still in his prime. He will deliver in the clutch in a contract year. Rivers has had a revival under coach Mike McCoy in the past two years. The presence of Gordon will take pressure off Rivers and will make him even more dangerous. I expect him to have his third straight 4,000-yard passing season. Thus, Rivers will still very much be a factor in the AFC West.