ESPN recently dropped a prediction for a list of 53 players for each NFL team. Of course, we’ll take a look at the prediction for the Chargers made by NFL writer Lindsey Terry.
It’s a whole lot of words, so let’s dive into it.
Midfielders (3): Justin Herbert, Chase Daniel, Easton Steak
Theyre ideas: “There is no mystery who will be the key midfielder, with Hibbert back to lead the attack. Herbert finished last season at No. 3 in the NFL – behind Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and Energy Champion Matthew Stafford – in touchdown passes. The only question will be whether the previous No. 6 overall pick is ready to lead the Bolts into a deep playoff round, even one that ends in the Super Bowl.”
My thoughts: All Chargers fans should be incredibly grateful that this set of locations will only be boring for the foreseeable future. As long as Justin Herbert is here, the bolts are in good hands.
Runners (5): Austin Eckler, Joshua Kelly, Larry Rowntree, Isaiah Speller, Gabe Nebers
Theyre ideas: “Ekeler enters training camp as a starter after accumulating 1,558 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns last season. But the 6-year professional is eager for his younger peers to prove they can make an impact. “I want the guys to come in and earn some reps,” Eckler said. “I say win that because I don’t want it to be like, ‘Oh, we need to hit Austin because he’s tired. I want someone to be like, ‘No, we want to get this guy out there because he showed his ability to play.'” Texas A&MSpiller will have the opportunity to prove himself worthy of the pregnancy before Kelley and Rountree.”
My thoughts: I don’t think the Charger will keep five players here. Lots of other areas on the list could benefit from an extra body so four players appear here. Four backs running, over the linebacker, seems like an exaggeration. Besides Austin Eckler and Isaiah Spiler, I think it’s a match between Joshua Kelly and Larry Rowntree. Both have yet to prove that they can be consistent contributors. Gabe Nabers have the upper hand over Zander Horvath when it comes to familiarity within the system, so it will be interesting to see if they handle the draft pick over the unpolished former free agent.
Wide Receivers (5): Kenan Allen, Mike Williams, Josh Palmer, Jalen Gayton, Deandre Carter
Theyre ideas: “Williams and Allen are among the top two receiving yards in the NFL, finishing 12th and 13th respectively in the NFL in receiving yards last season. Palmer and Gayton will compete for the third place receiver, with Staley identifying Gayton as a surprise offensive tackle at the conclusion of the Offseason program.”
My thoughts: It appears that this group of sites has already stabilized. The top four are locked in wide and there’s no way the team won’t retain Deandre Carter as one of the starting returnees. Like many, I’m expecting a solid year from Josh Palmer in his second campaign.
Tight Ends (3): Gerald Everett, Donald Parham, Trey McCarthy
Theyre ideas: “The Chargers signed Everett to a two-year, $12 million contract that includes an $8 million guarantee. In the sixth year, the professional spent his first four seasons with Los Angeles rams, including the 2020 season when Staley served as their defensive coordinator. Last season he played for Seattle Seahawkswhere he scored his career-highs in receptions (48), received yards (478) and received touchdowns (4).
My thoughts: This trio is true. The only other players who could break into the active roster are the three UDFAs, all of whom are either in their first or second year in the NFL. I’m very intrigued with this group and they could look a lot better if Tre’ McKitty were able to take a huge step forward in Year Two.
Lineman Attack (9): Rashawn Slater, Matt Feller, Corey Linsley, Zion Johnson, Storm Norton, Trey Pepkins, Brenden James, Jamari Saller, Will Clapp.
Theyre ideas: “Slater had a great rookie season, earning Pro Bowl Honours. The Shippers are now hopeful that Johnson, their pick with the 17th overall pick, will have similar success as he prepares to step in on the Right Guard. The bigger question is whether the chargers will see the much-needed improvement in the right handling, as Norton and Pepkins battle to gain a starting point. “It’s probably going to be a situation where people can get better from year to year maybe in some of the other locations,” said offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. We think we will be much better at the right intervention than we had last year. “
My thoughts: Linear nine is usually the magic number for this position, and Thiry’s chosen nine looks like the right combination. First-year Charger Will Clapp provides a solid backup for Corey Linsley and the remainder hold jobs as backup for their own positions. The fight that will start from the right intervention between Storm Norton and Trey Pipkins will be one of the most popular training camp competitions of the season.
Defensive Lineman (6): Sebastian Joseph Day, Austin Johnson, Jerry Tillery, Morgan Fox, Breden Fioko, Otito Ogbonya.
Theyre ideas: “The defensive front underwent changes off the season with the addition of Johnson, Joseph Day, Ogbonya and Fox. Entering the training camp, expect Tillery, Johnson and Joseph Day to lead the way and a healthy competition to take place behind them.”
My thoughts: I’m not surprised to see Terry maintain his optimism about Jerry Tillery, but I don’t think he’s among the top three defenders in this group. I expect Brandon Staley to make one last attempt to turn Tellere into good football before the team moves on from his previous selection in the first round.
Outside Linebackers/EDGE (5): Khalil Mack, Joey Bossa, Kyle Van Noy, Chris Rumpe II, Emeki Egboli
Theyre ideas: “When Bossa first heard that the chargers were traded for the Mac, he wasn’t sure if the mega deal was true. “He’s obviously an incredible player,” said Bossa. “So having a guy like that on the other side would be really fun.” Bolts also added Van Noy, an eight-year NFL veteran, who will provide depth along the rim.”
My thoughts: I’m not sure if this position group would need to accommodate five players all season, but if they did, that would probably be the correct five. Titled Khalil Mack and Joey Bossa, the latest addition of Kyle Van Noy and second-year passing sprinter Chris Rumpf gives this group some real versatility. Emeke Egbule’ has always been a tweener when it comes to his position, but he has managed to stay with the team through two systems that speak to the coaches’ respect for him.
Inside the line-back (4): Kenneth Murray, Drew Tranquil, Troy Rider, Amin Ogbongbimega
Theyre ideas: “Murray underwent ankle surgery in the off-season, but according to Staley, the former first-round pick is expected to be ready to go to training camp. Reeder is a newcomer after signing a one-year, $1 million free agent contract. Staley is familiar with Ryder, who started his seven games with the Rams in 2020.”
My thoughts: I don’t think the team can only keep four players here after allowing Keizer White to run in free agency. Nick Nieman showed some flashes and numbers to be a standout player on special teams in his second year, so I don’t see a world he doesn’t stay in.
Buck’s Corner (6): JC Jackson, Ashanti Samuel Jr., Bryce Callahan, Michael Davis, Tevogon Campbell, Jacir Taylor.
Theyre ideas: “At the conclusion of the Offseason program, Staley put together a friendly competition that included facing off against a linebacker and receivers to capture passes from the JUGS machine. “I want our minor player to get more passes than anyone else in professional sports, because that’s the amount for defense,” Staley said. “It’s in the deep part of the field.” Jackson knows, with 25 interceptions in four seasons, that after signing a five-year deal worth $82.5 million, which includes a guaranteed $40 million. The Bolts have a lot of playmakers in the corner, but the question that needs to be answered in training camp is who will line up inside and out.”
My thoughts: Ja’Sir Taylor has impressed during his short time with the Chargers this off season, so it’s no surprise to see him expecting to overtake Kemon Hall for a spot on the roster. Tevaughn Campbell is also likely to be kept as a depth piece. This group is much better than it was a year ago.
Safety (4): Darwin James, Nasser Adderley, Alohi Gilman, JT Woods
Theyre ideas: “James is preparing for his fifth training camp and for an extension that should place him among the highest, if not the highest, safety in the NFL. Out of great caution, Staley restricted James’ participation through the Offseason program after All-Pro Safety had surgery on his left recovery after the Pro Bowl in February, clearing the way for Adderley to come up and make an impression. “Nas really showed up,” Staley said. He was our most productive man in the spring in high school. “
My thoughts: Similar to the inner-back group, I could easily see Staley keeping another player here. He’s been impressed recently with how close Mark Webb can see more time in defense as a rookie before his injury, so I can’t imagine him not making the final roster this year.
Special Teams (3): Dustin Hopkins (K), JK Scott (P), Josh Harris (LS)
Theyre ideas: “With two new arrivals, this group will make the most of time together at training camp. Harris joins the group after spending 10 seasons with Atlanta Falcons. Fifth round selection by Green Bay Packers In 2018, Scott will be making a fresh start after playing in just one game last season with Jacksonville Jaguars. Hopkins is back on a three-year, $9 million contract after converting 18 of 20 field goal attempts in 11 games last season.”
My thoughts: Keeping Dustin Hopkins was huge, and we hope the acquisition of JK Scott to replace Ty Long will pay off big in the fight for hidden yardage. Signing the Pro Bowl long snapper is also one of the steps to revamp one of the league’s worst special teams units in the past five seasons.