The hype surrounding the 2019 Los Angeles Chargers is plentiful. Regardless of what sports publication or television program you’re listening to this off-season, you’re aware of the praise.
In an article on NFL.com, Gil Brandt listed the Bolts as having the sixth-most talented roster in the NFL.
Below is what Brandt wrote to justify his placement of the Chargers in his top-10.
6) Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were well regarded by Pro Bowl voters last season, with players from across the roster — safety Derwin James, receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Melvin Ingram, special teams player Adrian Phillips, center Mike Pouncey and quarterback Philip Rivers — earning a nod. And that list doesn’t even include defensive end Joey Bosa, who is arguably the best player on the team. Having Bosa healthy after he missed much of 2018 will give L.A. a huge boost. The same can be said for tight end Hunter Henry, who is back after being sidelined by a torn ACL last season.
The big question on this roster: Did the Chargers adequately address the interior of the defense? Rookie defensive tackle Jerry Tillery could be very special — or he could be very average. Beyond that, general manager Tom Telesco is gambling that linebacker Denzel Perryman can stay healthy and that veteran Thomas Davis still has something in the tank at age 36.
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Like in recent seasons, the health of this year’s squad is paramount to its success. The defense is being widely regarded as one of the best in the league on paper. Standouts like Joey Bosa and Denzel Perryman must stay healthy for this club to make some noise come the postseason.
In reading Brandt’s snippet on the team, you’ll notice a common theme. Health issues remain the biggest questions surrounding this team. (We’ll have an article posted this week covering the questions surrounding the ’19 Chargers.)
It is incredibly easy to argue that Brandt is correct in his ranking of the team’s roster. But for many of you fans who have been supporting the team for a considerable amount of time, you know better. The way the team looks on paper during the off-season has very little to do with the actual playing of games come September.
I am very much looking forward to the 2019 campaign for the Chargers. But hear me when I say, curb your enthusiasm just a bit, folks. There are a few teams in the AFC, namely the Patriots and the Chiefs, that will remain serious roadblocks for the team donning lightning bolts.
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