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Los Angeles Chargers June Scouting Report
Brad Willis

We’ve seen a few recent moves by the Los Angeles Chargers, but not many. Here’s an update of where the team currently stands, by position.

QB: With QB Philip Rivers gone to the Colts, the Chargers are likely looking to journeyman QB Tyrod Taylor as their starter. Taylor has wheels, but most would consider him as better backup, so it potentially puts the Chargers in a bit of a hole, as they don’t appear to have a quality, seasoned quarterback on the roster. Rookie QB Justin Herbert may have a chance to compete, but it will likely be Taylor’s job to lose. Word is that the Chargers have looked at Colin Kaepernick, who has been out of the NFL for 4 years, but if signed, he’d likely be a backup.

RB: As with Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon is gone. That leaves RB Austin Ekeler as the clear starter, who has a chance to put up some great numbers this year. RB Justin Jackson has shown some flashes and could have some fantasy value depending on how he is used.

WR: The good news is that WR Keenan Allen is likely one of the league’s best. WR Mike Williams is also quite good. The bad news is that there are big question marks at the quarterback position, and obviously you need a guy who can get Allen and Williams the ball. They still have a good deal of fantasy value, but until we see what we’ve got at quarterback, temper your enthusiasm a bit.

TE: In my view, TE Hunter Henry is one of the best. Surprisingly, he’s shown to be a bit injury prone, but if healthy, it could be a very good year for Henry.

PK: In all likely, the Chargers kicker will once again bring back PK Mike Badgley. While Badgley is a solid kicker, it remains to be seen how the team will score and move the ball now that QB Philip Rivers has departed.

DEF: Looks like the Bolts will have a pretty solid defense. The Chargers secondary is one of the best in the business with S Derwin James, CB Casey Hayward and CB Desmond King. However, with the recent addition of former Broncos CB Chris Harris, Jr., supposedly King is on the trading block. I’m not thrilled with the Harris signing due to his age of 31. It’s tough for the speed guys to keep up once they’re north of 30, in my view. The bolts also have outstanding edge rushers in DE Joey Bosa and DE Melvin Ingram. However they appear to have a fairly weak defensive front and just so-so linebackers, at this point.


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