Statistically, Philip Rivers had one of the best seasons of his career in 2018 and a big reason was his success running the play action. According to Pro Football Focus, Rivers had a 128.4 passer rating last year while running play action. the second highest percentage in the league.
Philip Rivers had a 128.4 passer rating on play-action passes last year – the 2nd-highest in the league pic.twitter.com/jSl32Zb1lI
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Rivers completed 68.3 percent of his passes last year for 4308 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also had an overall passer rating of 105.5. Rivers is 37 years old and there are questions about how many years he has left in the league but he has made it clear he plans on playing at least a few more years.
Rivers is entering the last year of his deal and there are no indications that the two sides of started talking about a contract. Rivers has made it clear that he plans on playing in 2020 but said he doesn’t need a contract extension heading into this season.
“I’m just fine right where we are, you know,” Rivers said via the LA Times. “I got this year left and under no immediate stress or urgency to get anything done.
“If it means playing it out, that will be just fine. It really will. We got a good group here and a good thing going. At this point, just focus on one year at a time and take it from there.”
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has said before that he wants to get an extension done but he didn’t have a timetable on when that would happen. If he continues to play at a high level the Chargers are really not going to have a choice.