Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had coronavirus, it was revealed in HBO's Hard Knocks: Los Angeles.

The latest episode of the behind-the-scenes documentary series aired on Tuesday night, focusing on the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams.

It included footage of a video call between Lynn and his team in which he announced he had previously contracted COVID-19.

"This year is not like any year we've ever had in the National Football League," Lynn said.

"I can't promise you you're not going to get infected. I got infected."

The NFL is preparing to return amid the pandemic, although a number of players from around the league have opted out of 2020 due to the crisis.

The NBA returned in a 'bubble' in Orlando, but MLB has played home-and-away games and seen its schedule hit by a number of confirmed cases once the season was under way that prompted postponements.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he is "excited" after star defensive end Joey Bosa agreed to a new contract.

Bosa is set to become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL following his reported five-year extension with the Chargers on Tuesday.

The two-time Pro Bowler will reportedly earn $135million, $102m guaranteed, and Lynn is glad to have Bosa's future sorted following Melvin Gordon's holdout last year.

"Joey is tied down for a little while, and we're all excited about it. We have some other guys with contracts coming up, but time will tell," Lynn said on Wednesday.

"It's one less distraction you have to deal with."

Running back Gordon missed camp in 2019 and did not report back until the fourth week of the regular season, before eventually signing for the Denver Broncos in the offseason.

"It didn't work out with Melvin last year but glad it worked out now," Lynn added.

"It's my job to build these players up and make them feel like Superman. When they want to get paid like Superman I step back."

Bosa finished the 2019 campaign with 67 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks for the Chargers as he earned his second Pro-Bowl appearance in four seasons.

The 25-year-old – the third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft – posted the third double-digit sack season of his career, but the Chargers missed the playoffs.

Colin Kaepernick is not scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Chargers but remains a possibility in a "constantly changing world", according to general manager Tom Telesco. 

Speaking last month, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Kaepernick fits the team's style of play and, while the franchise are happy with their options of Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick, the former San Francisco 49er is on a workout list. 

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he opted to kneel for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. 

He was involved in a workout for teams in November last year and his cause received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25. 

Telesco, speaking on a Zoom call with reporters, said the Chargers have no need to look for a new quarterback – as it stands right now. 

"No update, we're very comfortable with the quarterbacks we have right now," Telesco said.  

"If something changes at some point down the road, yeah, we would look at him and treat him no differently than any other free agent quarterback that's available.  

"But workouts for us are needs based, the need is not there right now. As you can see, this is a constantly changing world right now, so you always leave everything open.  

"Right now, we're happy with the three guys we have." 

Telesco added he is confident about the NFL season going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic despite complications other team sports in the United States have faced. 

"The protocols we're following, the distancing, I felt really good. People holding each other accountable, it's a lot of change for us but we felt really good about it," he told the media.

"Then you wake up in the morning and I saw that the Miami Marlins had a lot of players test positive and a couple of coaches. 

"The head trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, he tested positive, the Rockets CEO, I know how well they do things there. We're all under the same protocol. That's reality.  

"The reality hits hard that you just cannot let your guard down at any point, any time, it's going to be 24/7 that we're fighting this.  

"I will say that Anthony and I, we feel a real responsibility to keep everybody here safe. Players, coaches and a very large support staff of people.  

"What we've done so far, all the planning that's gone into this so far for us has been very efficient and we're going to keep working through it every day." 

HBO's Hard Knocks show will have co-headliners for the first time, as the network and NFL Films announced on Thursday they will include both Los Angeles franchises for this year's training camp docuseries. 

'Hard Knocks: Los Angeles' will focus on both the Rams and Chargers as each prepare for their first seasons as co-tenants in the brand-new SoFi Stadium in nearby Inglewood. The five-episode series will debut Aug. 11.

"We are looking forward to having Hard Knocks in our camp this year," Rams coach Sean McVay said.

"Hard Knocks always offers a rare opportunity for our fans to see our players' hard work to prepare for the season, as well as gives them a peek behind the curtain to observe these guys off the field, too.

"This year will be special because the show will also get an unprecedented look at SoFi Stadium, (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke's vision for professional football in L.A."

The Rams were previously featured on the show in 2016, the first year of their return to Los Angeles after a 21-year run in St. Louis.

They will join the Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2007) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009, 2013) as the only teams to appear twice on Hard Knocks, which HBO has aired every summer since 2001 but has chronicled only one team in prior seasons.

HBO also announced it has extended its agreement with NFL Media and NFL Films to produce the series in future years.

"NFL Films cherishes the relationship we've had with HBO for over four decades, and specifically with the Hard Knocks franchise since 2001," NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said.

"To be able to announce this extension as we embark on an unprecedented two-team series this summer brings us incredible pride and only heightens our excitement for the return of football."

The Chargers will also be ushering a new era in multiple ways, having parted with longtime quarterback Philip Rivers during the offseason and selecting Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert in the first round of this year's draft. The Rams, meanwhile, will be attempting to bounce back from a disappointing 9-7 campaign in 2019 after reaching the Super Bowl the previous season.

The two Los Angeles teams are based around 80 miles apart, with the Chargers located in Costa Mesa and the Rams in Thousand Oaks.

The NFL has mandated that teams hold their training camps at their own facilities this year for health and safety reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Colin Kaepernick fits the Los Angeles Chargers' style at quarterback, according to the team's head coach Anthony Lynn.

The Chargers are happy with their three current options at the position in Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick but do have Kaepernick, 32, on a workout list.

Lynn feels fellow NFL teams would be "crazy" if they did not have him listed as one of their own options as a potential signing.

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He was involved a workout for teams in November last year and his cause has received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

"It would be crazy to not have him on your workout list," Lynn told reporters.

"I haven't spoken with Colin, not sure where he is at as far as his career [goes], what he wants to do, but Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we are going to be running. 

"I'm very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway." 

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job, a case which was settled in February.

Following his apology to players for the league's previous stance on protests, commissioner Roger Goodell this week said he is encouraging teams to sign the former San Francisco 49ers QB.

New Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers admitted he was "aggravated" by criticism of his performances for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.

Rivers, 38, signed a one-year deal with the Colts in March after entering free agency when he left the Chargers, where he had started every game since 2005.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is now determined to prove he can still cut it the coming season, having revealed he was well aware of suggestions he was past his best last year.

Rivers, who threw for 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, acknowledged he made "some very costly mistakes" but insisted there was also "so much good" as the Chargers finished with a 5-11 record.

"At times what may have aggravated me a little bit last year was [critics saying] that I couldn't play anymore," the veteran told reporters.

"When you heard that, it bothered me, because I wanted to go, 'Shoot, let's go turn on the tape and watch all the good things.'

"There were some bad plays, certainly some throws I want back and certainly some very costly mistakes. I own up to all those.

"There was so much good and I had some throws last year that were probably as good as I've had my whole career.

"I knew, so I didn't feel like I had to sell that to anyone. But at the same time, it did aggravate you little bit.

"I think it's okay to be aware [of criticism]. I'm one of those guys that likes to be aware."

The New England Patriots paid tribute to their former wide receiver Reche Caldwell following reports he was killed on Saturday in Tampa, Florida.

Caldwell, 41, was shot in his leg and chest outside his home, according to TMZ.

Caldwell's mother, Deborah Caldwell, told the Tampa Bay Times: "You get killed right here in your hometown? You made a statement here, and y'all just took it away from us?

"All of us are imperfect people, but he's perfect to me. He was my hero."

Caldwell was the leading receiver on the 2006 Patriots, who lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots said in a Twitter message: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Caldwell played for the University of Florida before the San Diego Chargers selected him in the second round of the 2002 draft.

The Gators said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of former Gator WR Reche Caldwell."

He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in an NFL career that also included a stint with the Washington Redskins.

The Chargers also expressed sorrow at hearing the news, saying: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reche’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

Caldwell’s brother, Andre Caldwell, also played at the University of Florida and spent eight seasons in the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick could have been one of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, says Anthony Lynn, who bemoans that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's message was lost in the controversy surrounding his 2016 protests.

As protests have spread across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd, an African American man who lost his life in the custody of Minneapolis police officers last week, Kaepernick and the stance he took against racial injustice and police brutality have come into focus once more.

Protesters throughout the USA have been seen taking a knee, which is what Kaepernick famously did throughout the 2016 NFL season during the playing of the national anthem.

He has not played a game since and last February settled a grievance with the NFL, having accused owners of colluding to keep him out of the league.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Lynn said: "People completely misunderstood Colin and what he was trying to do. 

"People talked about disrespecting the flag... the flag covers a lot — patriotism and civil rights and other things. And Colin was speaking out against the injustice and a lot of people didn't catch on to that because it was happening during the national anthem.

"They thought it was disrespectful to the flag. I was surprised by the number of people who didn't know why he was protesting.

"I got letters from people. I had people walk up to me and ask, "Coach, what are you going to do if someone on your team protests?" And I had to explain to them that Colin is taking a knee for criminal justice [reform] and police brutality and once you broke it down, they were like, "Oh, we didn't know that. We thought he was protesting the flag." And that was the case for a lot of people I came across.

"A lot of people for their own political reasons pushed out the wrong narrative. A lot of people didn't catch on as to why he took a knee. I understood and applauded him for it.

"I thought it was a shame that Colin's message got lost because people kept bringing up patriotism. It was brave for him to do that.

"I have a lot of respect for that young man standing up for something outside of the "Big 3" — God, family, football — and I have to say social justice right now is challenging my priorities. Right now I can't think of anything besides social justice.

"I know when you look at 32 quarterbacks in the National Football League, Colin could have been one of the 32. If not, he could have been a quality backup. For me being an African-American head coach, this is tough."

Addressing the unrest in the wake of the death of Floyd, Lynn expressed his belief that nothing has changed since 1992, when there were riots across Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of four police officers for the usage of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

"I've read some good statements. I read Brian Flores from the Dolphins and I agree 100 per cent with him. I read Doc Rivers' statement and those guys spoke from the heart," said Lynn. "I think statements are needed to bring awareness to the situation.

"But I want to do something too. I don't want to just put [a statement] out there because it's the right thing to do. I want change... so I guess it starts with having this conversation and talking things out. In 1992 I remember watching L.A. burn and here we are in 2020 and I'm watching it again and it just hit me, nothing has changed.

"I haven't done anything to make this a better place for my son. I remember having the talk with him when he was 16 about how to handle police and then at age 30 I called him up and just had the talk with him again because I'm so scared. I want to do something but to be honest with you, I don't know what that is."

Lynn spoke of his dismay after joining a protest in Huntington Beach and speaking to those leading the demonstrations, only to be informed there was no plan or endgame.

He added: "The Chargers have done more in the community than just about any organisation I've been with. I've been out in the community, talking with Mayor [Eric] Garcetti and I've been to the juvenile detention centers to encourage young men to do something positive with their life when they get out, and City Council people about making L.A. a better place.

"But this stuff that's taking place with police brutality and unarmed black men dying and white people feeling like they can use their privilege to threaten black people like that white woman did in Central Park, that's ridiculous. How do we affect that type of change? Where's the accountability for that kind of [expletive]? That's where I'm at right now. I'm angry, I'm [expletive] off and I don't want to just put out a pretty statement."

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes "tremendous" quarterback Cam Newton will win games for a team this season.

Lynn explained it was the Chargers' confidence in their own players that led to their decision not to add him to their roster.

Newton remains unsigned almost two months after his release from the Carolina Panthers, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte.

After Philip Rivers' departure, the Chargers were seen as one of his most likely landing spots but they declared Tyrod Taylor as starter before drafting Justin Herbert at number six overall.

With it looking likely Newton will settle for a backup job in 2020 unless there is a major QB injury, Lynn talked up the 31-year-old's credentials as he confirmed the Chargers considered signing him.

Asked if the team explored the possibility, Lynn told CBS Sports Radio: "Absolutely, Cam is a tremendous quarterback.

"He's been MVP of this league, he's led his team to the Super Bowl and he's healthy now from what I hear. 

"Cam is going to be on somebody's roster and he's going to help somebody win a few games, but yeah, we did take a look at that, sure."

"I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have," Lynn added, as he explained why the Chargers opted not to sign Newton before the draft.

"With Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick - those are guys that a lot of people don't talk about. He [Stick] was a Division I AA, he won like three National Championships. 

"He's a hell of a leader, hell of a professional and I think he has a bright future in this league one day."

Meanwhile, Rivers – who left the Chargers for the Indianapolis Colts after 16 seasons – is already making a strong impression with his new team.

Rivers only signed a one-year, $25million deal and has a deal in place to coach high school football in Alabama after his NFL career is over.

But Colts coach Frank Reich said the "spirit" of their agreement was a multi-year pact.

"I can just tell you I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," he said, per The Athletic. "I'm very optimistic."

Philip Rivers is not quite done playing yet, but the longtime NFL quarterback does have a job lined up for when he decides to hang up his cleats.  
 
St. Michael Catholic High School announced on Friday that Rivers will become its head football coach following his retirement from the NFL.

The decision to coach the school in Fairhope, Alabama, is a natural career move for Rivers, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in March after spending his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers. 

His father, Steve, was a successful high school coach in Alabama for 25 years and mentored his son during the younger Rivers' days as a star quarterback for Decatur High School. 
 
"It's a special day for me and my family," said Rivers at a press conference announcing his hiring. 

"I had two childhood dreams. One is to play in the NFL, and now I'm going into my 17th season. The other was to be a high school football coach as my dad was. How blessed am I to be able to live those out?" 
 
Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler whose 59,271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns both rank sixth in NFL history, had contemplated retirement before agreeing to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts.

The 38-year-old is yet to make a firm decision on his plans beyond this season and has not ruled out extending his playing career beyond 2020. 
 
"I think it is a one-year-at-a-time deal," he said. "I've expressed publicly and the Colts have too they hope it's more than one year. But we take it one year at a time. 
 
"I love playing. When that time does end, you will get the same passion and work ethic at this school and community that I've poured into my career."

Hunter Henry is confident he will be able to strike an agreement on a new long-term contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.

To stop the 25-year-old from hitting free agency, the Chargers placed the franchise tag on him for 2020 and he has signed that agreement, which is a one-year deal worth around $11million.

A deadline of July 15 is in place for tagged players to agree a long-term extension, a prospect which is high on the agenda for Henry.

"It's definitely a blessing to get the franchise tag," Henry told reporters. 

"It only being one year, definitely we're going to try to extend something and get something for a longer term. Definitely would like to do something in that aspect.

"So, hopefully, we can work something out. We're definitely going back and forth. I think all this pandemic stuff has kind of put a lot of that on hold for a while with them going into the draft.

"Hopefully, we can pick it back up and see where we go from there.

"There are other guys that need to be signed too. We'll continue to talk especially as we get closer to the deadline."

Over the past two seasons, Henry has suffered a torn ACL and a fractured knee, but when healthy he has proven to be one of the NFL's best players at his position.

The prospect of holding out and not signing his franchise tag was never an option for Henry, who has caught 17 touchdowns in 41 regular season games.

"I was just ready to sign it," Henry said. "Just with everything going on with this [the coronavirus], and just myself, like I just wasn't a guy that wanted to hold out and kind of do all that. 

"I wasn't going to do that. That's just not me. Some guys can do it. It's just not me.

"I'm excited for this team, and I'm excited for going into this new stadium with new jerseys, new look, everything. I have pretty high confidence that we are going to have a season.

"We have four months until games are supposed to start to figure it out. I'm open to playing games without fans for a while, and then hopefully things will get better."

After the departure of quarterback Philip Rivers, Henry will catch passes from Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert, who the team drafted at number six overall this year.

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has told Tyrod Taylor he cannot promise him the starting quarterback job ahead of a competition against Justin Herbert.

Former Oregon QB Herbert was picked by the Chargers at number six overall in last week's NFL Draft.

It came after Lynn and Taylor, who previously worked closely together with the Buffalo Bills, had spoken positively about the possibility of the veteran leading the team for 2020.

Now, Taylor will start training camp first on the depth chart, but rookie Herbert will get the chance to win the job and Lynn is happy to throw the 22-year-old straight into regular-season action if he emerges on top.

"We're going into this thing: Day one, Tyrod Taylor is going to be starting it off," Lynn told Sports Illustrated.

"He's earned that right. His teammates respect the hell out of him, he's a leader on this football team. 

"But it's a competition, bro. There's a competition at every position, not just this one. I can't just say Tyrod's gonna be the starting quarterback for the whole year if this young man goes in there and wins the job."

Herbert was the third QB taken behind the Cincinnati Bengals' top pick Joe Burrow and the Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa, who went at five.

The introverted personality of Herbert was often cited as a negative during the draft process, but Lynn has no concerns on that front as the team look to find a long-term replacement for Philip Rivers.

"I watched how he played the game, and how his team-mates responded to him on the football field and I said, 'This is not a problem'," added Lynn.

"I don’t know why it would be. Is a quarterback supposed to be loud? There's a time for him to be loud, there's a time for him to not be loud.

"You don't have to be loud to be a great leader. You don't have to be outspoken to be a great leader.

"[Watching the tape], he just grew on me. He would lay it on the line for his teammates.

"Our young quarterback's gonna learn a lot from Tyrod Taylor. Tyrod Taylor's one of the most respected players on our team, and he doesn't say a whole lot either."

The NFL is currently completing its first virtual draft in 2020, 16 years on from a dramatic draft day that changed the league's recent history.

Eli Manning was taken at number one overall by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, but that was not where the quarterback ended up going.

It is eight years since this date in the calendar produced a match that will never be forgotten by supporters of Chelsea, after their famous battle against Barcelona.

Here we look back on some of the most memorable moments from the world of sport to take place on April 24.

 

2012: Chelsea reach first Champions League final

Chelsea and Barcelona have had their fair share of epic Champions League battles over the years and this meeting in 2012 was no different.

The Blues, under an interim manager in Roberto Di Matteo, looked to be on the brink of elimination when Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta had Barca two goals up on the night, with captain John Terry having been sent off. 

Trailing 2-1 on aggregate, Ramires scored a magnificent chip for the 10 men and it looked like it might just be their night when Lionel Messi smashed a second-half penalty against the crossbar. 

Barca were dominant, but they could not find a third goal and Fernando Torres raced clear in a late counter-attack to make it 2-2 on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate, one of their most memorable wins ever.

Chelsea went on to win their first Champions League final against hosts Bayern Munich on penalties.

2004: Manning snubs Chargers for Giants

Eli Manning made it clear he did not wish to play for the Chargers (then from San Diego rather than Los Angeles) when he came into the 2004 NFL Draft as the leading college prospect.

His father Archie had cited reports about how the Chargers had treated fellow QB Ryan Leaf as evidence for why his son did not want to play there.

The Chargers selected him nonetheless, while the Giants picked QB Philip Rivers at four, and a trade was promptly worked out between the two teams.

It was a move that changed the recent history of the NFL, as Manning went on to guide the Giants to two dramatic Super Bowl triumphs, both against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Rivers had an impressive 16 seasons with the Chargers but fell short of postseason glory and will now try to go all the way with his new team, the Indianapolis Colts, in 2020.

Another two-time Super Bowl champion, Ben Roethlisberger, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers at number 11.

He, like Rivers, is back vying for glory this year, while Manning retired after being usurped by Daniel Jones in New York.

1973: Sachin Tendulkar is born

April 24, 1973 was a great day in the history of Indian cricket, as Sachin Tendulkar was born.

The legendary batsman was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) and made his Test debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old.

What followed was a career that produced 15,921 runs and 51 centuries, which are both records in the longest form of the game.

The Little Master also racked up 18,426 runs in ODIs, another record mark that sees him stand alone atop the charts.

2018: Liverpool 5-2 Roma in memorable UCL semi

Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah combined for five goals in the space of 68 minutes as the Reds blew Roma away in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at Anfield. 

Two late goals from the Italians gave them a faint glimmer of hope, and they ended up just one goal short of forcing extra time in a return leg which they won 4-2.

Liverpool lost the eventual final to Real Madrid, but made amends by winning the trophy in 2019, beating Premier League rivals Tottenham in the final.

2019: Lillard hits stunning game-winner to settle series

On this day last year, the Portland Trail Blazers had not won a playoff series in the previous two seasons, but that all changed when Damian Lillard drained a three-pointer from 37 feet to settle a thrilling battle against Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Portland led 3-1 but game five was on a knife edge at 115-115 before Lillard produced a moment of brilliance as time expired.

The team went on to beat the Denver Nuggets in seven games to reach the Conference Finals, where the Golden State Warriors blew them away in a clean sweep.

George and Westbrook now play for new teams, but Lillard remains the Blazers' leading man.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft returned some normalcy to the sports world, even if commissioner Roger Goodell's basement does not quite exude the same glitz as the Las Vegas Strip. 

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the draft to be held remotely with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts isolated in their homes instead of inside team complexes, the virtual draft ran smoothly – and without much drama early on Thursday.

In what has been widely expected for weeks, and possibly months, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.

Burrow led LSU to the national title last season, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-single season record 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions. 

The second pick also went exactly like how many draft experts had predicted for weeks, with the Washington Redskins drafting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. 

Young led the FBS with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019, and was regarded to be the most talented player in the draft class – even ahead of Burrow. 

If not for Burrow's incredible 2019 season and because of Tua Tagovailoa's injury concerns, the latter may have challenged for the top spot in the 2020 draft. 

Tagovailoa became the second quarterback off the board when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth pick.

One pick after Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon QB Justin Herbert – just the third time since the 1970 merger three quarterbacks were chosen in the top six picks. 

Three teams that had selected quarterbacks in the first round of the last two drafts, used the 2020 draft to beef up their offensive lines to protect their young, franchise QBs. 

The New York Giants (Daniel Jones at six in 2019) picked Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas at fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield at one in 2018) selected Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick, and the New York Jets (Sam Darnold third in 2018) used the next pick to select Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. 

After this run on tackles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took part in the first trade of the draft to insure their new – and aging – quarterback would also stay upright. They moved up one spot in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 13 to shore up the offensive line in front of Tom Brady. 

The next trade came 10 picks later as Brady's old team, New England Patriots, dealt pick 23 to the Chargers – who selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The Patriots received a second and third-round pick from the Chargers and now have five of the first 100 picks of the 2020 draft and 13 overall. 

While it is possible New England could use one of those picks to draft Brady's replacement, the Green Bay Packers have chosen the heir apparent to 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers, trading up from 30th to 26th to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

The opening round concluded with the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs selecting the first running back to bookend the first round with LSU picks, taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire – the 14th player drafted out of the SEC. 

Wide receiver is considered to be the deepest position in the draft, and six went in the first round – but none until 12, when Alabama's Henry Ruggs III became the first player ever selected by the Raiders in their new home of Las Vegas. 

While Las Vegas was not able to host the draft festivities this year, Goodell announced that the city has been awarded the 2022 draft, with the commissioner saying, "We think you deserve another shot".

 

First round selections:

1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
3. Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions)
4. Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
5. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
6. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
7. Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers)
8. Isaiah Simmons (Arizona Cardinals)
9. CJ Henderson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
10. Jedrick Wills Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
11. Mekhi Becton (New York Jets)
12. Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders)
13. Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers)
15. Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
16. A.J. Terrell (Atlanta Falcons)
17. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Austin Jackson (Miami Dolphins)
19. Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)
20. K'Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
21. Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles)
22. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
23. Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)
24. Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
25. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
26. Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
27. Jordyn Brooks (Seattle Seahawks)
28. Patrick Queen (Baltimore Ravens)
29. Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee Titans)
30. Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins)
31. Jeff Gladney (Minnesota Vikings)
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs)

The Los Angeles Chargers believe they have found their next franchise quarterback, selecting Oregon's Justin Herbert with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft. 

The Chargers needed a quarterback after letting veteran Philip Rivers leave in free agency, and Herbert fits the bill following Thursday's selection. 

At 6-foot-6, Herbert has the size of a prototypical pocket passer. He reads the field well and can fire the ball downfield and into tight spaces with his canon for an arm. 

In addition to being a strong-armed QB, Herbert also moves well, showing the ability to evade pressure in the pocket and scramble. 

As a senior in 2019, Herbert completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 3,471 yards with 32 touchdowns to just six interceptions. This came after he passed for 3,151 yards with 29 TD passes and eight picks in 2018. He is the only FBS QB in the last 20 years to have a three-to-one or better touchdown-to-interception ratio in all four seasons of his collegiate career (minimum 100 attempts each season). 

Over the past two seasons, Herbert rose to the occasion when the competition got tougher, throwing 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions in eight games against Top 25 teams. He rushed for three touchdowns in Oregon's Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin to join Texas' Vince Young (both in 2005 and 2006) as the only QBs in the last 20 Rose Bowls to rush for at least three TDs. 

The task now at hand for Herbert is to buck the trend of Oregon QBs drafted in the first round of struggling in the NFL. 

Since the 1970 merger, four Oregon QBs have been selected in the first round – Chris Miller, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington and Marcus Mariota.

Mariota is still active, but to date none of those four have started as many as 100 games in the NFL, and all four have losing records. Their combined record as starters in the NFL is 92-154 (.374 winning percentage), and Miller is the only one to have earned a Pro Bowl selection. 

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