Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 0%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 0%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 0.0
Durability: question mark 127

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Philip Rivers Player Overview

What You Need To Know:

  • Rivers never finished higher than QB7 across 16 games last season.
  • While his efficiency remained solid, he mustered a career-low 3.9% TD rate.
  • He joined the Colts and former Chargers coaches Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni on a 1-year deal. That familiarity helps, but we don’t project a QB1 season for the 38-year-old.


Rivers hits bottom

2019 was a forgettable year for Rivers.

He finished as the QB13 on the strength of 591 attempts and 16 games — but never finished higher than QB7 in any given week. He fell shy of just 15 fantasy points 4 times.

So what went wrong? Rivers was actually fairly accurate, as his 76.2% adjusted completion rate cracked the top-10, just behind Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.

Rivers’ decision-making stunk, leading to the 2nd most INTs of his career (20). Nine of them came on deep passes, where his effectiveness really sunk. His 59.1 passer rating on deep throws ranked 31st out of 35 QBs with 20+ deep attempts, per Pro Football Focus.

Rivers’ TD rate also checked in at 3.9% -- a career low. And that was with a relatively healthy Chargers offense that got 16 games from Keenan Allen, 16 from Austin Ekeler, 15 from Mike Williams and 12 from Hunter Henry. The biggest issue was another leaky O-line, one that got only 6 games from LT Russell Okung.

O-line is at least one area Rivers should feel much better about in 2020. His next team returns all 5 starters on a line that ranked 7th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate metric.


Fresh start

After 16 years with the Bolts, Rivers will reset on a 1-year deal in Indianapolis.

Except it’s not a complete reboot, as Rivers was coached by HC Frank Reich and OC Nick Sirianni with the Chargers.

“I’m sure there are certainly some things that have changed (and) I look forward to learning those and getting a feel for those, but for the most part it is going to be almost the same syst…

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Philip Rivers Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 12, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Rivers still hasn't missed a game since becoming the Chargers' starter in 2006.
Jan 13, 2008 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Rivers tore his right ACL in the playoffs but remarkably played through it. He also had arthroscopic surgery in January.