|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 8|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 228 lb.|
|College:||North Carolina State|
|Born:||December 8, 1981|
|Drafted:||2004 / Rd. 1 (4)|
Coach Frank Reich is optimistic Rivers will play more than one season for the Colts, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Analysis: Rivers had one of his worst seasons in 2019 and then signed a one-year, $25 million contract with Indianapolis. While both factors may hint at a short relationship, it sounds like the Colts will try to keep Rivers around if he rebounds in his age-38 season ahead. Already boasting an elite offensive line, the team added USC wideout Michael Pittman and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor in the second round of last month's draft. A better running game than the one he had in Los Angeles could provide Rivers with more red-zone chances, but it also means he's unlikely to approach his 2019 total of 591 pass attempts.
Coach Frank Reich believes Rivers will know "80-to-85 percent" of the Colts' offense before he even walks in the door, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Reich points to the 38-year-old's experience and intelligence as clear assets, even mentioning that he came to prefer Rivers over Tom Brady after watching tape of both veteran quarterbacks. There's also an element of familiarity, as Reich was the Chargers' offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 -- a two-year stretch in which Rivers averaged 4,539 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 15.5 interceptions while completing 66.3 percent of his throws for 7.4 YPA. Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni was the QBs coach for those teams, and he spent two more years with the Chargers after Reich left for Philadelphia in 2016.
Rivers and the Colts have reached agreement on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With that, the 38-year-old is slated to take over the Colts' starting QB job from Jacoby Brissett. Rivers is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he threw for 4,615 yards with 23 TDs and 20 picks in 16 games for the Chargers.
Rivers is talking with the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This has been a steady rumor throughout the offseason, with the Colts hoping to upgrade on Jacoby Brissett but not necessarily desperate to do so, i.e., they'll only sign a veteran QB if the price is right. Rivers has history with Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, both of whom worked for the Chargers for multiple seasons.
Rivers will become an unrestricted free agent in March and will not re-sign with the Chargers.
Analysis: The Chargers announced the decision in a press release, suggesting that both parties agreed to go their separate ways. Rivers showed obvious signs of decline in 2019, but he still figures to draw interest as a potential starter on the open market, with potential destinations including Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Chicago. The 38-year-old quarterback spent 16 years with the Chargers, including 14 consecutive seasons in which he started all 16 games. The team has Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick under contract at quarterback for 2020, with potential to add a young signal caller in the upcoming draft.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports believes the Chargers have "moved on" from Rivers, per independent reporter Dov Kleiman.
Analysis: The 38-year-old quarterback is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on the heels of a 5-11 season in which he tossed 20 interceptions. The Chargers otherwise have a fairly young roster that includes some premium talent, and they even have an insurance plan with fellow quarterback Tyrod Taylor under contract through 2020. Perhaps sensing the writing on the wall, Rivers recently relocated his family from San Diego to Florida. He already said he doesn't intend to retire, so the move might be taken as a hint that he hopes to play for a team on the East Coast.
Rivers, who had been living in San Diego, has relocated "permanently" to Florida in order to be closer to his family, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: "What this means football-wise is to be determined but it was time for us to move back closer to home," said Rivers, who is slated to become a free agent this offseason. While there's a very real possibility that the 38-year-old has played his last game for the Chargers, Rivers -- who was backed up by Tyrod Taylor this past season -- does plan to play somewhere in 2020.
Rivers completed 31 of 46 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Kansas City. He added a five-yard run. After the game, Rivers said that he has no plans to retire, but may play with another team in 2020, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Chargers were down by two scores late in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Rivers hooked up with Hunter Henry for an eight-yard touchdown pass to try to spark a rally. Expect plenty of conjecture in the coming months as to whether that will be Rivers' last touchdown as a Charger. If so, it was a rough way to end for the veteran quarterback. He threw 20 picks for the third time in his career while his 23 touchdowns were his fewest since 2007, his second season as starter. As a team, the Chargers finished 5-11, tied for their second worst finish since Rivers took over as a starter in 2006.
Rivers (right thumb) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: The team listed Rivers as limited on Wednesday's practice report, but the veteran QB is now in line to start Sunday's season finale for the 5-10 Chargers. Meanwhile, ESPN's Eric D. Williams notes that Rivers -- who's in the final year of his contract -- is inclined to continue playing in 2020, but the 38-year-old signal caller plans to take some time after the season to discuss that possibility with both his family and the folks who run the Chargers.
Rivers (right thumb) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice/injury report.
Analysis: We'll circle back on Rivers' status Thursday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the veteran QB's availability for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is in any danger.
Rivers reiterated Monday he'd like to play next season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "I'm capable enough physically and mentally, there's no question."
Analysis: Rivers may want to suit up for his 17th professional season, but it's unclear if the Chargers will bring back the 38-year-old, particularly after a downtrodden year which will see Rivers likely post his worst TD:INT ratio (21:18) of his career. Veteran option Tyrod Taylor and 2019 fifth-round pick Easton Stick have both been on the 53-man roster all season, but neither immediately stick out as long-term answers at the position. With a current 5-10 record, the Chargers could also be in position to acquire a quarterback of the future in the upcoming draft, but that wouldn't rule out a possible departure from the mainstay veteran either, as Rivers could ultimately usher in the new era of Chargers' quarterbacks as the team transitions to their new stadium in 2020.
Rivers completed 27 of 39 attempts for 279 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Raiders.
Analysis: For the first time in Rivers' 16-year career, the veteran posted three consecutive three-and-outs to begin the game, foreshadowing what was inevitably going to be a downtrodden afternoon. He did ultimately throw for at least 270 yards for the 11th time this season, but two one-yard touchdown runs from Melvin Gordon evaporated any sort of positive fantasy performance from Rivers. Rivers did injury his throwing-hand thumb after comically whiffing on an end-around block in the first half, but the 38-year-old ultimately played with a wrap the rest of the game, never missing time. It remains to be seen if the Chargers will opt to start a different quarterback for the team's final contest of 2019 considering Rivers' less than sterling 9:11 TD:INT ratio in the past five games, although the reports of a possible benching have simmered down significantly since a dismal four-interception loss to the Chiefs in November.
Rivers completed 28 of 39 pass attempts for 307 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions Sunday against the Vikings. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Rivers threw an interception in the second quarter before losing a fumble -- which was returned for a touchdown -- on the very next drive. He also threw interceptions in his final two possessions of the game as his team suffered one of its worst defeats in recent memory. Rivers is among the league leaders in passing yards, but his 21:18 TD:INT leaves a lot to be desired. The veteran was coming off an excellent performance in his previous outing and will look to bounce back next Sunday against the Raiders.
Rivers completed 16 of 22 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 45-10 rout of the Jaguars.
Analysis: The quarterback celebrated his 38th birthday in style while leading the Chargers to a season-high 525 yards of offense, and his present to himself was a new personal record -- his 84-yard connection with Austin Ekeler early in the third quarter was the longest TD pass of his career, although Ekeler did most of the work. Rivers has had an up and down campaign, but he's still well on his way to his seventh straight 4,000-yard season and 12th straight with 25 or more touchdowns.
Rivers completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the 23-20 loss Sunday to the Broncos.
Analysis: It was an ugly beginning to Sunday's contest as the Broncos jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in part thanks to Rivers' eighth interception in the last three games, tossing a misguided screen attempt directly at defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones for an easy pick. Rivers quieted his critics from there, relying on an efficient ground attack from Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon to open up space via the play-action pass. As he's done much of the season, Rivers turned to wide receiver Mike Williams the few times in which he decided to throw deep, connecting with the big-bodied wideout on a 52-yard pass that was actually woefully under thrown to ultimately set up the team's first touchdown later in the drive to Ekeler, and again on the Chargers' final possession in which a 38-yard reception set up the game-tying field goal with 14 seconds left. Considering reports earlier Sunday suggested the Chargers could ultimately bench Rivers in favor of Tyrod Taylor should the veteran quarterback continue to struggle, it'll be interesting to watch how the team handles their franchise QB now that its playoff hopes have essentially been extinguished. The 37-year-old quarterback has never missed a regular-season game since entering as the starter in 2006.
Rivers could be benched for backup Tyrod Taylor if he has another subpar performance, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: In the two outings before the Chargers' Week 12 bye, Rivers threw a combined seven interceptions, the worst two-game span of his career. The stretch doubled his number of picks on the season to 14, which is his most since he tossed 21 in 2016. The team sits at 4-7 as well, but with a win Sunday in Denver, Rivers could set his side up for one of their classic late-season playoff pushes. On the other side of the coin, coach Anthony Lynn won't rule out a change under center if Rivers' poor play continues.
Rivers completed 28 of 52 passes for 353 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs. He also threw a successful two-point conversion.
Analysis: Rivers threw for a season high in yards, but he's more importantly now turned the ball over four times in consecutive games. He was picked off on back-to-back drives during both the first and second halves Monday, with his final interception coming in Kansas City's end zone with 18 seconds left. That turnover sealed another tough loss for the Chargers, who will now embark on their bye week as Rivers looks to regroup from a couple foul performances.
Rivers completed 26 of 44 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-17 loss Sunday night to the Steelers. He also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Analysis: Two of Rivers' first three possessions ended in turnovers, as a fumble returned for a touchdown and a batted ball turned interception immediately put the Chargers in an early hole. As a result, the veteran was able to pile up statistics playing catch up, but it took until seven minutes left in the fourth quarter for Rivers to toss his first touchdown, ultimately connecting with tight end Hunter Henry on two consecutive drives in the end zone to make the score closer than the game ultimately was. Things won't get much easier for Rivers next week, as the Chargers travel to face a Titans' defense that's allowing just over 15 points per contest.
Rivers completed 32 of 48 pass attempts dor 211 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: Although he completed a respectable 67 percent of his passes, Rivers failed to generate big plays regularly and finished averaging 4.4 yards per attempt. He threw one interception in the first quarter and another in the third to give him his first multi-turnover game of the season. Rivers, who also came in averaging 313.5 passing yards per game this season, will look to move on from this forgettable effort in next Sunday's home matchup against the Steelers.
Rivers completed 24 of his 30 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-10 win Sunday over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Despite missing both Travis Benjamin (hip) and Mike Williams (back) entering the contest, Rivers knifed through the Dolphins' defense with his usual reliance on Austin Ekeler (five targets) and Keenan Allen (six targets), but it was the emergence of Dontrelle Inman (five catches, 76 yards) that ultimately helped seal the deal. In a contrast to last week, Rivers had plenty of time to survey the field, routinely hitting the aforementioned targets underneath or particularly in the latter's case, on back shoulder fades, easily marching down the field. It won't be smooth sailings in Week 5, however, as the Broncos vaunted secondary travels to Los Angeles.
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