With just three days until the Los Angeles Chargers kick off their 2017 NFL preseason against the Seattle Seahawks, the team has released its first unofficial depth chart for this upcoming season.
The depth chart is not filled with any major surprises except for the fact that rookie guard Dan Feeney is not currently with the first team. However, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him grab the starting position before Week 1 of the regular season.
Moreover, quarterback Kellen Clemens got the nod over quarterback Cardale Jones, who the Chargers just traded for and was a fourth round pick in 2016.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers will begin their 2017 NFL campaign as they face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. That means this is a great time for fans to make sure they are following all the best of the Bolts on social media.
Below, fans can find a list of some of the best of the past and present Chargers follows on Twitter.
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.”
The Los Angeles Chargers have potential on defense as they ranked No. 16 in the NFL in yards against, but gave up the No. 29 most points in the NFL last season.
If the Chargers can improve defensively in the red zone and the offense turns the ball over less, then Los Angeles should have an impressive defense led by Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.
Here are the 11 most important Chargers’ defensive players in 2017.
No. 11 – DT Brandon Mebane
The Chargers lack depth in the middle of the defense. Los Angeles was both average against the run and the pass last season and will need to improve on defense if they want a shot at the AFC West crown.
Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has been a very productive player his entire career but is now 32-years-old. Therefore, he is going to have to work tirelessly during the summer to stop any sort of drop off in 2017.
A decline in play would be bad news for Los Angeles as he is their only consistently great player in the interior of the defensive line.
No. 10 – LB Jatavis Brown
With a weak interior of the defensive front, there could be a lot of free roaming running backs for the linebacker corps to chase down.
The Los Angeles Chargers had a tough 2016 season, only winning five games, but have some exciting young pieces for the future.
The three best players from last year, per Pro Football Focus, were Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, cornerback Casey Hayward and linebacker Melvin Ingram. All three of them are great young players who should be dominating in the Chargers’ uniform for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had an incredible rookie season racking up 10.5 sacks in just 12 games. In addition, he finished as the No. 5 best edge rusher in the entire NFL, per Pro Football Focus, yet he is far from satisfied.
Bosa thought the duo of him and Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram “didn’t scratch the surface,” per Mighty 1090AM.
Bosa is definitely happy with Ingram’s return as they have “been doing almost every rep together” and that competition between the two will help them become “something special next year.”
Bosa continued to place high expectations on the upcoming season as he believes it is “going to be a really great year between us.” Quite the statement considering he already won defensive rookie of the year in 2016 and the duo was already amongst the league’s best.
If he does live up to his promises, offensive tackles in the AFC West will have a lot of trouble sleeping on Saturday nights this fall.
The Los Angeles Chargers had a disappointing 2016 season winning only five games, but things are starting to look up after an impressive 2017 NFL draft, the hiring of a stout coaching staff and the return to health for several players.
Here are three reasons why the Chargers will bounce back in 2017 and win the AFC West.
No. 3, Philip Rivers finally has weapons
As mentioned above, Los Angeles had an impressive draft bringing in talent at positions of need.
For example, the offensive line was a revolving door resulting in Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers being sandwiched every Sunday.
In this year’s draft, Los Angeles brought in guards Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. One of them can play at right guard and the other can be moved over to center or just add depth to the line.
Chargers tackle Russell Okung is solid on the left side (73.1 PFF player grade) and guard Matt Slauson is an impressive left guard (81.2 PFF player grade).
Chargers right tackle Joe Barksdale had a rough 2016, but should be expected to bounce back to his old form, for he had PFF player grades of 81.6, 75.2, and 81.8 in the three seasons before 2016.
Without a doubt, the Chargers’ offensive line will be improved. If the rookies make a quick transition, it could even become a strength of the team.
In regards to the skill positions, Los Angeles will add rookie wide receiver Mike Williams and healthy wide receiver Keenan Allen to pair with breakthrough wide receiver Tyrell Williams.
Rivers now has three great targets at wide receiver, two great targets at tight end, Chargers tight ends Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry, and solid running back Melvin Gordon.
For the first time in a while, Los Angeles has all the weapons on the outside along with the needed protection on the inside to successfully utilize all of their future hall of fame quarterback’s skills and make this a top offense in the NFL.