San Diego drove down the field, and after Antonio Gates couldn’t come up with a touchdown grab, settled for a game-tying field goal. The contest moved to overtime, where Perryman came through in the clutch yet again.
The situation: fourth-and-1 from Atlanta’s own 45. The Falcons had first possession of overtime, so a failure wouldn’t immediately sink them, but they chose to go for it with a run to the left. Perryman shot the gap, undercut tackle Jake Matthews (who was searching for Perryman to seal him off and open the lane for Devonta Freeman) and dropped the running back a yard behind the line of scrimmage. The turnover set up San Diego in Atlanta territory, from which Josh Lambo eventually kicked the winning field goal.
With so many varied opinions on this year’s quarterback class, it wouldn’t be a bad year for a surprise developmental pick. The Cardinals also have hinted that it might be time to find someone to supplant Carson Palmer.
Of course, this would be a difficult proposition to saddle new head coach Anthony Lynn with. Not only is the team moving to Los Angeles and settling into temporary facilities, but they’re installing a new culture and a new defense. Dealing with a future face-of-the-franchise quarterback might be too much of a load to bear.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the linebacker’s deal is worth $5 million with $600K guaranteed ($500K per year is tied to per-game bonuses).
Te’o logged 221 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions in 38 career games with the Chargers, though injuries likely led to the linebacker’s departure from Southern California. The former Notre Dame star missed time throughout his Chargers career with various foot and ankle ailments, eventually ending the 2016 season on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.
Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer completed 4 of 8 passes for just 37 yards with one devastating mistake. The signal-caller could only watch as his first-quarter screen pass was yanked out of the air by blitzing cornerback Brandon Flowers, who easily raced into the end zone for a 25-yard pick six.
Second-year star runner David Johnson, meanwhile, was held to just eight yards on four touches. The backfield trio of Johnson, Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington managed only 18 yards on 10 carries.
“It’s a big enough market and it’s a different market than Oakland,” Irsay said about Las Vegas. “There is a real want and real enthusiasm from the powers that be that run that state to have an NFL team there and that goes a long way.”
If the Raiders do decide to file a formal relocation proposal, Steelers co-owner Art Rooney II said a vote from owners on relocation wouldn’t come before March, according to NFL Network’s Judy Battista.
“I was waiting to put the pads on,” Watt said. “You can look great in shorts and putting your hands on people in the offseason, but the big question mark people wondered was if I could hold up in the run game when the pads came on. It was my goal to show people I was able to do that, come out there and be physical. I feel pretty good with how I’ve been doing so far, but I know I need to get better.”
Even if the Chargers were taking a bet on a last name, the Watt brand is as safe as they come. But as the Chargers work their way through the preseason and try to develop this offense, we might see a more practical reason shine through.