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/Sports/NFL/San Diego Chargers/ Last Updated: Mon, May 10th, 2021 @ 1:25pm EDT

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Chargers sign DT Christian Covington

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The Bolts add another big body in the middle of the defense.

The Chargers weren’t done adding players in free agency after all.

On Monday morning, former Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson reported that former Bengals and Texans defensive tackle Christian Covington is signing with the Chargers. Covington started 14 games for Cincinnati in 2020 where he finished with a career-high 39 total tackles.

Former Texans defensive tackle Christian Covington...

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SB Nation Reacts: 100 percent of voters believe Chargers headed in right direction

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A good sign!

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Los Angeles Chargers fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Chargers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. Regardless of how many participants, this is excellent news!

That level of confidence in the...

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Chargers Daily Links: Bolts have 9th-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI

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Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web.

The Chargers have improved by leaps and bounds this offseason and the 2021 season hype might be the most-justifiable compared to the buzz surrounding the team in recent offseasons.

As things stand right now, the Bolts are tied at the eighth-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +3000 (per BetMGM) alongside the Cardinals, Dolphins, Patriots, and Seahawks. The Chiefs have the best odds at +450 and the Broncos...

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Chargers ranked 3rd in USA Today’s post-draft power rankings

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Talk about some offseason hype.

I’ve always been a big fan of power rankings. It’s fun to see how some in the media view the ever-shifting landscape that is the NFL, especially after big offseason events such as free agency and the draft.

After re-vamping their offensive line in March and then following that with a perfect pair of picks at the top of last week’s draft, the Chargers have only seen their stock rise. Seriously, not a single, truly bad...

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Chargers Daily Links: Friday Open Discussion

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Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web.

Happy Friday, everyone!

We’re keeping it simple today and using this morning’s links post as an open discussion thread for anything and everything that may be on your mind regarding the Chargers.

Whether that’s post-draft thoughts, remaining free agents, or the UDFA group, feel free to talk about it all in this post.

Enjoy the weekend!

Now for today’s links.

Chargers News:

Duke...

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Chargers confident Rashawn Slater will keep pass-rushers at an arm's length

A lot of the pre-draft buzz about Slater was focused on his short arms, but the Chargers feel his athleticism will make him a key addition.

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Chargers claim DB Kemon Hall off waivers

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Hall reunites with the team who gave him his first shot in the NFL.

On Thursday afternoon, the Chargers claimed defensive back Kemon Hall off of waivers after being released by the Cowboys.

we’ve claimed CB Kemon Hall off waivers. pic.twitter.com/Uoek61nkPe

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) May 6, 2021

Hall was originally signed by the Bolts as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL draft out of North Texas. He also spent...

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NFL announces offseason workout schedules for all 32 clubs

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Here’s when the Bolts will start their post-draft prep for 2021.

On Thursday, the NFL released every team’s offseason workout schedule, including the dates for OTAs, mandatory minicamp, and rookie minicamp.

Here are the dates you need to know for the Chargers:

Rookie Minicamp: May 14-16 OTA Workouts: May 25-27, 27, Junw 1-3, 7-8, 10 Mandatory Minicamp: June 15-16

Today the @NFL announced Offseason Workout Program dates for each club: https://t.co/T0ygbX90q6...

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Chargers projected to receive 4 compensatory picks in 2022

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The Bolts could have as many as 11 picks in 2022.

According to the fine folks at Over The Cap, the Chargers are projected to receive four additional compensatory picks for next year’s draft.

While the Bolts didn’t lose a ton of talent, they did lose a number of starters, especially on the offensive line. As of right now, they are expected to earn a trio of sixth-round picks and a lone seventh-rounder. Here’s how Over The Cap breaks them down:

Sixth-round pick...

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Chargers LB Amen Ogbongbemiga drafted 8th-overall in 2021 CFL Draft

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The Nigerian-born linebacker and his family moved to Calgary when he was 11 years old.

Earlier this week, the Canadian Football League held their annual draft just three days following the NFL’s and there was a notable Chargers undrafted free agent that found his way into the top-10.

With the eighth-overall pick, the Calgary Stampeders selected linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga out of Oklahoma State. The two-time Second-Team All-Big 12 selection was one of 10...

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Chargers Daily Links: Which available free agent could help the Bolts?

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Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web.

Now that the draft has come and gone, there remain plenty of available free agents who could provide help for teams that didn’t get the chance to fill all of their needs this past weekend.

For the Chargers, I see their remaining needs being kicker (duh), edge rusher (lack of size), and safety (lack of athleticism).

Let’s center today’s discussion around what available free agents do you believe...

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Chargers extend camp invite to QB K.J. Costello

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Costello transferred from Stanford to Mississippi State prior to 2020.

The Chargers are bringing in another arm for training camp this year as it’s being reported that former Stanford and Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello has received a recent invite from the team.

Costello met with the Bolts on at least one previous occasion during the pre-draft process.

#Chargers fans, I'm excited hear that QB K.J. Costello (@kj_costello) received an invite to camp.

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The Lightning Round Podcast #214: Chargers 2021 Draft Class Recap

Garrett Sisti and Jamie Hoyle breakdown the Chargers draft.

Garrett and Jamie discuss all the Chargers selections during the 2021 NFL Draft. The picks in order were:

Round 1: No. 13 – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern Round 2: No. 47 – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State Round 3: No. 77 – Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee Round 3: No. 97 – Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia Round 4: No. 118 – Chris Rumph II, LB, Duke Round 5: No. 159 – Brendan James,...

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Joey Bosa to be part of NFL’s Mental Health Awareness Month initiative

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“You gotta take care of your mentals.” - Marshawn Lynch

This month, the NFL is bringing attention to mental health.

In a new series of campaign launched by the league on Tuesday, former 49ers and Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson in leading the charge for Mental health Awareness Month with a series of videos which will attempt to “reach players, fans and the general public about prioritizing mental health and wellness.”

.@judybattista: NFL launching...

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Casey Hayward to sign with the Raiders

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After five years with the Bolts, Hayward is headed to a divisional rival.

On Tuesday afternoon, it was reported by NFL insider Josina Anderson that former Chargers All-Pro cornerback Casey Hayward is signing with the Raiders. He’ll be reuniting with his former defensive coordinator in Gus Bradley and defensive backs coach, Ron Milus.

Free Agent CB Casey Hayward just texted me he is signing with the #Raiders.

— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 4,...

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Chargers Daily Links: Which draft pick would you choose to re-do?

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Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web.

Let’s start this Hump Day off with a discussion point that many of you probably have already, in some way, tossed around in your head.

Now that we’ve seen how the 2021 draft played out, what pick(s) of the Chargers would you trade out for another player who was also still available following that selection?

For me, I would easily trade out the pick of tight end Tre’ McKitty for Quinn Meinerz, the...

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Raiders sign former Chargers Pro Bowl CB Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward will stay in the AFC West, as the former Chargers Pro Bowler intends to sign with the Raiders.

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Raiders To Sign CB Casey Hayward

This is breaking news. Please refresh for updates. Casey Hayward will stay in the AFC West. The former Chargers Pro Bowler intends to sign with the Raiders, veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson tweets.

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DT Damion Square is signing with the Browns

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Damion Square, the seven-year veteran of the Chargers and eight-year NFL vet is reportedly signing with the Brown. The new was first reported by Cleveland sports reporter, Camryn Justice.

The #Browns have signed DT Damion Square, a 9-year NFL veteran.

Square has spent the past seven seasons with the Chargers, appearing in 81 games with 24 starts. He hasn't missed a game in each of the past four seasons.

— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) May 4, 2021

Square...

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Chargers select Cincy CB Ahmad Gardner in way-too-early 2022 mock

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Never too early to look ahead to next draft season.

The 2021 NFL draft ended three days ago and you can already find your fair share of mock drafts for the 2022 class. Some people may find this as more enjoyable content while others see this type of behavior and probably think it verges on psychopathic.

Either way, it’s more content to discuss and that’s what matters to me!

In a way-too-early mock by The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, the...

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