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Jacoby Jones family released a statement, confirming that the former NFL player has died at the age of 40. The cause of death has not been announced.

The family said Jones passed away peacefully at his home in New Orleans.

They asked for prayers for his mother, Emily, his son, Little Jacoby, and other family members.

“We are deeply saddened to share that Jacoby Jones, a beloved former Ravens football player from New Orleans and a proud graduate of a historically Black college has passed away at the age of 40,” the statement released through the NFLPA reads. “We want to express our gratitude for all the kind thoughts and support you have shown us during this challenging time,” the family wrote. “Your ongoing support and respecting our privacy means a lot to us.”

Jones played nine NFL seasons with five teams, becoming a household name in the 2012 postseason with the Ravens when he scored three touchdowns.

He recently accepted a job to become the head coach and offensive coordinator of the Beaumont Renegades, an indoor football expansion franchise set to begin play in 2025.

The Chargers officially opened their new training facility and corporate headquarters on Thursday, the team announced. The Bolt, as its known, is located in El Segundo within four miles of LAX and SoFi Stadium.

“I haven’t been this excited in a long time,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a statement. “I see it in the community; I see it within the organization – from our staff to our players to our coaches. It’s electrifying. Jim Harbaugh being here has brought a new sense of awareness about our team — how important it is to us and to the community. And now you have this new facility that everyone’s been talking about for more than two years now. Our fans are excited. You see it everywhere you go. I hear how they can’t wait to come to camp. Can’t wait to see ‘The Bolt.’ This took a lot of time and a lot of hard work, and I just feel fortunate that our staff, players and fans will be able to enjoy this for years to come.”

The 150,000-square-foot facility features a three-level layout and sits on 14 acres, which includes three full natural grass practice fields. The ground floor includes an expansive locker room, equipment room, training and medical space, weight room, hydrotherapy room, recovery room, sauna, steam room, barber’s area, multiple player lounges and direct access to practice fields, a lap/rehab pool and an outdoor lounge featuring a grill, firepit and full sun outdoor televisions.

The second floor is home to an oversized team dining room and kitchen — helmed by Wolfgang Puck Catering — complete with a tile mosaic Chargers helmet-inspired pizza oven, carvery, smoothie and coffee bars, pasta station, grill station, stand-alone island salad bar and rotating daily global fare station. It’s also home to offices for both coaching and football operations staffs.

The floor includes all positional meetings room, including a turf outdoor walk-thru space on the second level balcony, as well as a two-story team meeting room.

The top floor features a soon-to-be-completed private, members-only club with wrap-around outdoor view balcony, lounge, dining area and private dining room. The third level also serves as the hub for all executive and business staff offices, conference rooms and content creation hubs.

The Chargers Walk of Fame adorns the entrance to The Bolt. Each member of the Chargers Hall of Fame has his own terrazzo tile and brass inlay.

“It’s small way to say ‘thank you’ to the greats that played for our team over the last 60-plus years,” Spanos said. “It’s the first thing you see when you come into this building which really, to me, says that this is the foundation of our team.”

The Bolt will open its doors to the public on July 13-14. During the exclusive two-day event, fans will have the opportunity to tour various areas on the first level of the building, including the main lobby atrium, press conference space, Chargers locker room, the turf pad running the length of practice field No. 1 and also view the weight room through the three retractable doors that create an indoor/outdoor training space for the team. Reservations for the seven hourly tour windows each day maxed out within the first 30 minutes of being posted to the Chargers site.

“Our fans are part of the Chargers family,” Spanos said. “This is theirs as much as it is ours, and I want them to feel that when they come here.”

The Chargers will kick off their inaugural training camp at The Bolt beginning July 24. Fans need to pre-register for free tickets.

In all, the team will host 12 public practices during the first three weeks of training camp.

With limited capacity, registration to attend practice will take place in waves through

Raiders receiver Davante Adams did not see the humor in the Chargers’ schedule release video this offseason. Adams, who was pictured next to a box of mock garbage-favored Pop Tarts in the video, fired back at the Chargers’ social media team Tuesday.

“It’s not the players’ fault because they didn’t have anything to do with the post,” Adams told FanDuel’s Up & Adams show. “This is directed strictly toward the Chargers’ social media page: Please keep my name out of your mouth and show some respect.”

Adams has played the Chargers five times, catching 41 passes for 535 yards and four touchdowns. In the past two seasons with the Raiders, Adams has gone for 141, 177, 75 and 101 yards against the Chargers.

“I thought about responding [to the Chargers] on social media and being funny there, but I figured it would be better to just beat their head in in real life and continuing to do it that way,” Adams said. “I just want to remind them of what they’ve been going through as it pertains to playing against me.”

Adams, 31, seemed most annoyed that the video implied that he’s over the hill. In 2023, Adams did not make the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2016 and was not All-Pro for the first time since 2019.

Still, he had 103 receptions for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns.

“They treat me like an old man, so I’m going to act like it because old men just say whatever they feel,” Adams said. “That’s how my grandpa is, at least. So I’m just trying to be what they want me to be.”

The Raiders open the season with the Chargers on Sept. 8 at SoFi Stadium.

When the NFL Players Association published its survey results on players’ thoughts about their teams’ accommodations, the Chargers did not come off well. Among other issues, the Chargers got a grade of F in the category of food/cafeteria.

But Chargers outside linebacker Joey Bosa wasn’t happy about that. Bosa says he employs a private chef to make sure his own nutrition is always on point, but that when he eats at the team facility, he has nothing but gratitude for the Chargers staffers who keep the players fed.

“I’ll eat here sometimes,” Bosa told Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “It may not be the best setup, but they’ll prepare you food that’s plenty good. . . . They work harder than literally anybody in the entire facility. So they may not have the best means back there, but they freaking work their butts off, and that survey is not cool, man.”

The Chargers are moving into a new facility with an overhauled catering program this month, so that F grade could be turned around next year. But Bosa wants the team’s staff to know the F wasn’t a reflection on them.

The Chargers haven’t won as much as they would have liked since drafting quarterback Justin Herbert and the plan to change that this year started with a new coaching staff.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh hired Greg Roman as the team’s offensive coordinator and the team spent the offseason program working on the new offensive scheme. It’s a system that center Bradley Bozeman knows from his time with Roman in Baltimore and it is one of the reasons he was drawn to signing with the Chargers as a free agent this offseason.

Bozeman’s prior knowledge of what Roman wants to do helps make him a good judge of how much Herbert is taking to the offense and he gave a positive review of where his new teammate is heading into training camp.

“He acts like he’s been in the system for 10 years,” Bozeman said, via the team’s website. “He dives so deep into the system and knew it so well before anyone else could even grasp it. It’s been impressive to see him put people in the right positions and just elevate people around him.”

The Chargers have also made big changes at wide receiver and running back since the end of last season, so Herbert will be familiarizing himself with a lot of new things over the coming months. The quicker it all comes together, the better for the Chargers’ chances of a winning season.

With veteran receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams departing the Chargers this offseason, there’s opportunity within the franchise for younger players to emerge as top targets.

One candidate to do so is rookie Ladd McConkey. Selected in the second round out of Georgia, McConkey impressed his new quarterback during the offseason program.

“He’s just picked up the offense so easily. It’s like he’s been a four- or five-year vet,” Justin Herbert said, via Kris Rhim of ESPN. “He understands the game.”

McConkey, 22, was a key piece of the Georgia offense over the last three seasons, helping the program win the CFP national championship in 2021 and 2022. He finished his collegiate career with 119 catches for 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns.

When Austin Ekeler entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Chargers in 2017, Anthony Lynn was his head coach and one of the reasons Ekeler made Los Angeles’ roster.

Ekeler’s role on the offense continued to grow with Lynn at the helm until Lynn was fired following the 2020 season.

But now the two men have been reunited with the Commanders, as head coach Dan Quinn brought in Lynn to be the club’s run game coordinator/running backs coach and Washington signed Ekeler to a two-year deal in March.

In an interview with the Rich Eisen Show this week, Ekeler said he got the sense that Lynn was pounding the proverbial table for the Commanders to sign the running back.

"[I]t’s been great catching up with him,” Ekeler said. “He knows how I work, he knows my philosophies. And I’m very appreciative of him because he’s one of the reasons I even got my start. The reason I’m talking to you here is because he utilized me — after I made it through special teams anyway — he utilized me on the offensive side of the ball in ways that fit my strengths. And I know he’s looking to do the same thing over here, especially with [offensive coordinator] Kilff Kingsbury as well.”

Ekeler had one of his best seasons under Lynn in 2019, accounting for 1,550 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns.

In 14 games last year, Ekeler rushed for 628 yards with five touchdowns and caught 51 passes for 436 yards with a TD.

This offseason, the Chargers elected to move on from two veteran receivers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Fellow receiver Joshua Palmer has been with Los Angeles since 2021 and was close to both Allen and Williams. He said in a recent interview with Eric Smith of the team’s website that it was a clear change for the locker room without the two wideouts.

“Definitely different when you’re used to having your two best friends out there and now they are not,” Palmer said. “But they’re nothing but a phone call away and I’m ready to move forward.”

Palmer added that he “was a little sad” when L.A. moved on from the pair “because they were my good friends and I looked up to Keenan and Mike. From a football standpoint, it’s a business.”

As a 2021 draft pick, Palmer is now one of the older players in Los Angeles’ receivers room along with free-agent signee DJ Chark. Palmer noted he doesn’t necessarily see himself as a leader, though he feels the group is coming together and taking shape.

“We have a lot of different personalities and a lot of different guys,” Palmer said. “Only a couple guys are back from last season so everyone is fairly new and we’re all learning each other.”

Aside from Palmer and Chark, the Chargers will likely rely on last year’s first-round pick Quentin Johnston and rookie second-round pick Ladd McConkey as primary pass-catchers for quarterback Justin Herbert in 2024.

The Chargers have announced their training camp schedule, which will be at a new location for 2024.

Los Angeles will host 12 open training camp practices at its new training facility in El Segundo, Calif. — The Bolt. The Chargers had previously held training camp further South in Costa Mesa.

The first camp practice will be held on Wednesday, July 24. The Chargers will hold four practices a week through Thursday, Aug. 8.

All sessions are free to attend but fans will need to register for tickets through the Chargers’ website, as attendance is limited to 1,500 fans per practice. Los Angeles will have three waves of registration — one for each week — that begin on July 15, July 22, and July 29.

The Chargers will host a joint practice with the Rams on Sunday, Aug. 4 that is open exclusively to season ticket members.

For the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. swimming trials happened where the Colts play. For the 2028 Olympics in L.A., the swimming competition will happen where the Rams and Chargers play.

Via Kevin Draper and Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times, the swimming events at the next Olympics will be held at SoFi Stadium.

The venue will hold up to 35,000 fans for the swimming events. The process of preparing the competition pool and the warmup pool will flip the order of the games, with track and field in the first week and swimming moving to the second. (The pools will be in place when the games begin, but more time will be needed to get them ready for competition after the opening ceremonies at SoFi.)

“I have no doubt that it will be the biggest attended swim meet in this country’s history, and maybe the most spectacular swim meet ever,” Casey Wasserman, chairman of the L.A. organizing committee told Draper and Vrentas.

A record 22,209 fans attended Wednesday’s trials. That broke the record set earlier this week in Indianapolis.