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Los Angeles Chargers 2020 Season Preview

FA Additions: Bryan Bulaga (RT), Linval Joseph (DT), Chris Harris (CB), Nick Vigil (LB), Darius Jennings (WR)

Draft Selections: Justin Herbert (QB), Kenneth Murray (LB), Joshua Kelley (RB), Joe Reed (WR), Alohi Gilman (S), K.J. Hill (WR)

FA Return: Damion Square (DT), Ryan Groy (OG)

FA Departures: Philip Rivers (QB), Melvin Gordon (RB), Derek Watt (FB), Adrian Phillips (FS), Thomas Davis (LB), Jaylen Watkins (CB), Michael Schofield (OG), Travis Benjamin (WR), Geremy Davis (WR), Nick Dzubnar (LB), Jatavis Brown (LB) , Dylan Cantrell (WR)

Week 1Sept. 13th 4:05 PM ET@ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Week 2Sept. 20th 4:25 PM ETvs. Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Week 3Sept. 27th 4:05 PM ETvs. Carolina Panthers (CBS)
Week 4Oct. 4th 1:00 PM ET@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Week 5Oct 12th 8:15 PM ET@ New Orleans Saints (ESPN)
Week 6Oct. 18th 4:05 PM ETvs. New York Jets (CBS)
Week 7Oct. 25th 1:00 PM ET@ Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Week 8Nov. 1st 4:05 PM ETvs. Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Week 9Nov. 8th 4:05 PM ETvs. Las Vegas Raiders (FOX)
Week 10BYE
Week 11Nov. 22nd 4:05 PM ET@ Denver Broncos (CBS)
Week 12Nov. 29th 1:00 PM ET@ Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Week 13Dec. 6th 4:25 PM ETvs. New England Patriots (CBS)
Week 14Dec. 13th 4:25 PM ETvs. Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Week 15Dec. 17th 8:20 PM ET@ Las Vegas Raiders (FOX/NFLN)
Week 16Dec. 26th/27th (TBA)vs. Denver Broncos
Week 17Jan. 3rd 1:00 PM ET@ Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)

The Los Angeles Chargers will be one of the most entertaining teams you will watch this year. This does not mean they will be one of the best necessarily. This Chargers team made a lot of drastic changes this offseason.

The biggest one being their 16 year seasoned veteran QB Phillip Rivers parting ways and signing a one-year deal for $25 million with the Indianapolis Colts. The next change was Melvin Gordon who signed a two-year $16 million deal with the Denver Broncosz. You would think that a team who loses their starting QB & RB in the same year would not stand a chance the following season, but fortunately for this LA team, it is still loaded with talent on both ends of the field.

The Los Angeles Chargers had the sixth overall pick in the NFL’s 2020 Draft and decided to choose their new face of the franchise in Justin Herbert. Now we may not have seen him play a single NFL game yet, but he is exactly what this franchise was looking for in a 6’6 quarterback who is 236 pounds, mobile, and makes smart decisions as he only threw six interceptions in his senior year at Oregon. Herbert played a total of 14 games last season with 3,471 yards and 32 touchdowns. An exceptional leader who will definitely have a good chance at the starting position, but will have to battle it out with Tyrod Taylor. Either scenario is a win for this franchise. Taylor has NFL starting experience, has a loaded offense, and arguably one of the best rosters he’s ever had.

The best part is that the team has a top-10 WR and a great WR2 in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The Chargers have improved their offensive line and they understand, for the first time in 15+ years, a mobile offense is what they need. The first key addition was Trai Turner in a trade that most fans didn’t see coming. Then signing Bryan Bulaga from the Green Bay Packers and adding veterans in Mike Pouncey, Trey Pipkins, and Dan Feeney. This line gives the Los Angeles Chargers fans hope for a new beginning. Don’t forget they have an undrafted RB in the backfield and his name is Austin Ekeler, and to back him up they have Justin Jackson. That being said it can also be a disaster with the offense playing together as a unit for the first time.

With the defense, best of luck to anyone who tries to throw on this team. You have one of the best pass rushing duo’s in the league in Joey Bosa, and Melvin Ingram. Then the Chargers are getting All-Pro safety, Derwin James, back from injury. The Chargers made key additions in Linval Joesph from the Vikings, Chris Harris Jr from the Broncos and rookie Kenneth Murray. This defense is easily a top-five and could bail out the offense a lot this season.

The Chargers have the potential to win 10 or 11 games and compete with the Kansas City Chiefs for the division. This team can also easily go 8-8 or worse if they don’t get off to a fast start especially with as many new faces on this roster. Chargers fans have a lot to be excited about this year with a brand new stadium, new uniforms, a new looking offense, an extremely dangerous defense, and an exceptional coaching staff.

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