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Written by: Nicholas Mullick Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-mullick-354076184/
With Training Camp about to start for the NFL in a few weeks, there are questions that follow each team. Like I did with the Colts, I will be doing the Top 5 Biggest questions for every team heading into Training Camp. Next up are the Los Angeles Chargers who had the 17th Overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. But there are still questions that remain with this team.
1. Who will be the number 3 receiver?
The Chargers clearly have their number 1 and 2 receivers set in Keenen Allen and Mike Williams. However when looking at the rest of the core, Yikes. They do not have a lot of great options. Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter have promise, but they did not overly impressed. I will say both have some speed and if they can improve their weaknesses, then the Chargers could have something. While both have an advantage, I would not call it a big one. Michael Bandy and Jaylen Guyton are mainly special team players but could impress in training camp. The rest of the receivers on the team are basically battling for a roster spot.
2. Who will be the starting right tackle?
The Los Angeles Chargers have made the right moves by investing in the offensive line. Rashawn Slater Jr is one of the best tackles in the NFL today. Corey Lindsley is a great center as well. The Chargers even spent a 1st round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Zion Johnson. While I myself am not a big fan of Zion, I can see why the Chargers selected him. In a few years of development, he should be a solid guard for the team. While there still is a question mark at guard, I think the bigger question is at right tackle. I am surprised the Chargers did not bring back Bryan Bulaga, but his injuries must be so severe that they don’t want to touch him. So the question now is who will be next up as the starting right tackle. It will be interesting to tell, but would it shock me if the Chargers signed another tackle before training camp begins. No.
3. Can Kenneth Murray show improvement? Let's be real Kenneth Murray has been disappointing since being drafted. In fact, the Chargers are kind of regretting trading up in order to acquire him. You can say that oh but he had 107 tackles his rookie year, which is a great start to have, but was completely abysmal in the other key traits for a linebacker. His biggest struggle was that he was a liability in coverage. When looking at Murray he yet again struggled in coverage and now add durability concerns as he had a nagging ankle issue that took him out a majority of games. Kenneth Murray needs to show improvement if he wants to secure another contract with the Chargers.
4. Can Khalil Mack rebound with the Los Angeles Chargers?
The Los Angeles Chargers with the entire division making blockbuster trades had to make a move of their own. They have been desperate to find a partner for Joey Bosa to wreak havoc and provide pressure on the QB. So why not trade for Khalil Mack who has been a transcendent talent during his time with the Las Vegas Raiders and with the Chicago Bears. Well excluding last season as Mack suffered a season-ending foot injury. Before the injury occurred Mack was showing signs of decline, so with that and his gigantic contract led to the Bears trading him to the Chargers for basically a second-round pick. Mack needed a change of scenery and hopefully, he can rebound with the Chargers by showing he still has plenty left in the tank.
5. Is JC Jackson the Shutdown Corner that they have been looking for?
The Chargers secondary last year was clearly a weak point last season mainly because they did not have a shutdown cornerback on the team. So the Chargers had to make a big investment in the offseason to help get a shutdown cornerback by signing JC Jackson. I would not be overly excited about this yet as former New England Patriots most of the time just don’t play well once they leave. It was strange that the Patriots did not re-sign him, maybe Bill Billechick knows something. I mean despite his dark arts as a coach, the man is a genius. He would not normally let go of a player like this unless he knows something about them. Hopefully, JC Jackson can be the final piece in this secondary and be a shutdown corner with the Chargers.