The San Diego Los Angeles Chargers are joining the Rams in the nation’s second biggest television market, and they’ll do it in front of a grand total of about 30,000 fans on Sundays. The StubHub Center, which usually hosts soccer games, will be the Chargers’ temporary home, even though it’s hilariously small compared to every other NFL stadium.
It’s not a bad idea, though. The Chargers are playing second fiddle to the Rams in LA and don’t have much of a built-in fan base in their new home. But selling out 30,000 seats is easy and, wow, is it going to be fun to be at Chargers games for a few years.
Imagine dealing with a parking lot with half as many cars and being twice as close to the action on the field. Just getting a ticket that gets you in the door will guarantee you have a seat that provides a better view than about 70,000 people get for Cowboys games at AT&T Stadium.
The Chargers’ home opener is against the Dolphins, and the 30,000 people there will be the first to get an NFL experience that nobody has ever had before. And I’m betting it will be a great one. Adam Stites
My job is to go out there and earn it and play and stay healthy, Watkins told the Bills’ official team site. And that’s my goal this year.
Staying healthy has been his biggest problem, though.
When healthy, Watkins is one of the league’s most explosive players. He combines a 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed with elite acceleration, allowing him to separate from defensive backs and then carry the ball across the goal line.
Having the kind of player who can bail you out on third-and-14 is a boon for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Watkins’ strong hands and compact physique allow him to bully defenders and get to the ball first, making him an easy target downfield. At 24 years old and headed into his fourth season as a pro, he should be nearing his peak as an NFL receiver, too.