Los Angeles Chargers: Lightning Strikes Again in Training Camp 2020

The Los Angeles Chargers are going to be a very interesting football team this season. They went 5-11 last season after going 11-5 the season before. Los Angeles has talent and they failed last season because quarterback Philip Rivers failed them. He had a bunch of turnovers.

Rivers is with the Indianapolis Colts now on a one-year deal worth $25 million. They will have a totally different roster this season under Head Coach Anthony Lynn. What is it going to look like though?

Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback for the Chargers. Justin Herbert will be the backup. He was the sixth overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert is from the University of Oregon. He was a star in college despite his accuracy issues. It will be interesting to see when he is going to see the field this season though. Easton Stick will be the third quarterback on the roster though.

Running Backs

Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will be the top two running backs on the roster. Melvin Gordon II left in free agency and the Chargers let him walk. He signed a two-year deal worth $14 million with the Denver Broncos and it will be interesting to see how he looks with them. Gordon II wants revenge on them though.

Derek Gore and rookies Joshua Kelley, Darius Bradwell, Bobby Holly, Gabe Nabers will compete for the third and fourth spots on the roster. He was a fourth-round pick (112th overall selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of UCLA.

They don’t have fullback Derek Watt anymore, who signed a three-year deal worth $9 million to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers though.

Wide Receivers

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will be the top two wide receivers on this team. Allen is one of the most underrated wide receivers on this team. Andre Patton, rookie Joe Reed, Darius Jennings, Jason Moore, rookie K.J. Hill, Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson, and rookies Jeff Cotton, and Dalton Schoen will compete for the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth wide receiver spots on this roster though.

Reed was the 151st overall pick (fifth-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of The University of Virginia.

Hill was the 220th overall pick (seventh-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State University.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry will be the starting tight end for the Chargers. He is in an interesting contract situation with the franchise. Henry is currently playing on a franchise tag. If they don’t re-sign him, they could be in trouble.

The tight end depth isn’t particularly very good on this roster though. Virgil Green, Andrew Vollert, Stephen Anderson, Donald Parham, and rookie Jared Rice will compete for the other two tight end spots on this team though.

Offensive Line

Bryan Bulaga will be the starting left tackle, Dan Feeney will be the starting left guard, Mike Pouncey will be the starting center, Trai Turner will be the starting right guard, and Sam Tevi will be the starting right tackle for the Chargers.

Bulaga came over from the Green Bay Packers and he signed a three-year deal worth $30 million. Turner was acquired in a trade this past offseason from the Carolina Panthers.

Trent Scott, Ryan Groy, Scott Quessenberry, Forrest Lamp, Trey Pipkins, Tyree St. Louis, Storm Norton, rookie Nathan Gilliam, and Cole Toner will compete for the backup spots on the roster for this team though.

Defense

This Chargers team switches from a 4-3 to a 3-4 on a week-to-week basis under defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Joey Bosa, Linval Joseph, Justin Jones, and Melvin Ingram will be the starters on the defensive line. Bosa is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this football team nonetheless. Joey Bosa is due for a contract extension and he is one of the best players in the NFL nonetheless.

With Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns receiving a five-year deal worth $125 million, Joey Bosa recently got a five-year, $135 million contract from the Los Angeles Chargers.

Isaac Rochell, Damion Square, Jerry Tillery, and Uchenna Nwosu will be the backups on the defensive line.

Rookie Joe Gaziano, P.J. Johnson, Cortez Broughton, and rookies Jesse Lemonier, Breiden Fehoko, and T.J. Smith will compete for some other spots on the roster on the defensive line though.

Nick Vigil, rookie Kenneth Murray, and Uchenna Nwosu will be the starting linebackers. Murray was the 23rd overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft. He went to The University of Oklahoma. They traded up to get him though.

Malik Jefferson, Denzel Perryman, Emeke Egbule, Drue Tranquill, Kyzir White, and rookies Asmar Bilal, Romeo Finley, and Cole Christiansen will be some of the backup linebackers on this roster though.

This Chargers cornerback group is deep. Casey Hayward, Chris Harris Jr., and Desmond King will be the top three cornerbacks on this roster. Harris Jr. signed a one-year deal worth $790,000. He played with the Denver Broncos last season though.

Brandon Facyson, Tevaughn Campbell, Michael Davis, Quenton Meeks, and rookies John Brannon, and Kevin McGill will compete for the fourth and fifth cornerback spots on the roster.

Derwin James and Rayshawn Jenkins will be the starting safeties. Nasir Adderley and Roderic Teamer Jr. will be the backup safeties.

Special Teams

Michael Badgley will be the kicker.

Ty Long will be the punter. He will also be the kicker if something happens to Badgley though.

Cole Mazza will be the long snapper for the Chargers.

Desmond King will be the punt returner and the kickoff returner. Austin Ekeler and rookie Joe Reed will also have some time on kickoff returns.

This team has the talent to make it to the playoffs. I don’t see them finishing in last place this season though. The Las Vegas Raiders can and will finish in last place this season in the AFC South. Los Angeles can finish anywhere between third and first place. They will finish with anywhere between six and 13 wins.

The Denver Broncos will be much better under Drew Lock at quarterback this season. The Kansas City Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl Champions. Kansas City will be the massive favorites though to go back-to-back since the 2003 and 2004 New England Patriots.

The Chargers will open the season on the road on Sunday, September 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals with kickoff set for 4:05 p.m. Eastern at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, on CBS.

Los Angeles will have its home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, September 20 at 4:25 p.m. Eastern on CBS at the new Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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