Countdown to camp: Best Chargers to wear No. 16 – No. 12

 

Countdown to camp: Ex-Chargers QB Ryan Leaf, No. 16

 

Countdown to camp: Jack Kemp best Charger to wear No. 15

 

Countdown to camp: Dan Fouts best Charger to wear No. 14

 

Countdown to camp: Keenan Allen best Charger to wear No. 13

 

Countdown to camp: Stan Humphries best Charger to wear No. 12

Countdown to camp: Philip Rivers best Charger to wear No. 17

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Thursday is day No. 14 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to Los Angeles Chargers training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 17 for the Bolts.

Even the most casual of fans likely already guessed that Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers is the greatest to wear the aforementioned number, however, few on this list have been as deserving of the honor as Rivers is.

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Countdown to camp: Charlie Joiner best Charger to wear No. 18

Wednesday is day No. 13 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to Los Angeles Chargers training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 18 for the Bolts.

There is not a No. 18 currently on the Chargers’ roster, but it doesn’t matter. Former Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner is the best to wear the number in the Bolts’ history.

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USA TODAY ranks LA Chargers defensive line No. 1 in NFL

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The Los Angeles Chargers’ defensive line corps has been ranked as the top group in all of the NFL, via USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis.

Below Davis makes his case for placing the Bolts above the Houston Texans at No. 1.

“Defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa finished with 10 ½ sacks in just 12 games. He and newly minted Melvin Ingram, who’s converting from linebacker, could give J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney serious competition as the league’s top end tandem.”

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Countdown to camp: Lance Alworth best Charger to wear No. 19

Tuesday is day No. 12 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to Los Angeles Chargers training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 19 for the Bolts.

Former Chargers wide receiver Lance Alworth, amongst the easiest selections in this series, was the first Charger to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Interestingly enough, former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis introduced Alworth in the Hall of Fame ceremony.

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LA Chargers go safety in Draft Wire’s 2018 mock draft

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The 2018 NFL draft is just under one year away, but for the die-hard Los Angeles Chargers fan in everyone, it is never too early to start discussing the future.

In their latest 2018 NFL mock draft, Draft Wire predicted to take Penn State safety Marcus Allen with the No. 15 overall pick.

With Los Angeles selecting two safeties in the fourth and fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft, safety is still a glaring need in the secondary as one can’t expect mid-to-late round draft selections to fill a long-term need.

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Countdown to camp: Natrone Means best Charger to wear No. 20

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Monday is day No. 11 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to the Los Angeles Chargers’ training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 20 for the Bolts.

Currently, Chargers safety Dwight Lowery dons the number, yet he has only played one season for the organization and isn’t a threat to the greatest No. 20 in Bolts’ history, former Chargers running back Natrone Means.

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Why ESPN is right about LA Chargers winning AFC West

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Just under one month ago, ESPN’s Mike Clay released his predictions for the 2017 NFL season where he surprisingly selected the Los Angeles Chargers to win the AFC West.

Clay has the Bolts finishing with 8.7 wins, which is 0.2 more than the Oakland Raiders.

To the casual fan, this may seem preposterous. However, Clay is not wrong about just how dramatically improved the Chargers will be in 2017.

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Countdown to camp: LaDainian Tomlinson best Charger to wear No. 21

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Sunday is day No. 10 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to the Los Angeles Chargers’ training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

Currently, there is no one on the roster who is wearing No. 21 as Chargers owner Dean Spanos retired former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s No. 21 number on Nov. 22, 2015.

Consequently, it is easy to spot who the best No. 21 is in team history.

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2 mistakes that could loom large for Chargers’ future

The Los Angeles Chargers had an incredible offseason, but there are still a few things here and there that could cause trouble for Los Angeles this season, and even beyond.

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Rusell Okung

First and foremost, the Chargers should not have signed Chargers tackle Russell Okung. Yes, they needed help at the position, but they gave him a massive four-year $53 million contract that is back loaded.

While his cap hit is only $6 million this season, it goes up to $15 million in 2018 and $16 million in the two following years, per OvertheCap. It is an absurd amount to be paying a below average offensive lineman as it is close to second-tier quarterback money.

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