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BFTB Mailbag: Trade deadline, Forrest Lamp not playing, and the idea of losing a bye week

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Hello everyone and welcome to a bye week edition of the BFTB Mailbag with yours truly. These things have been a blast so far and I find them to be the best way to interact with a lot of you guys who keep up with my ramblings and the blog, itself. I just want to start this out by giving you all a heartfelt thank you for your support and cannot wait to see where the rest of the season takes us.

It was a tight game in London this past weekend and, although the team came back stateside with a victory, their performance still didn’t sit well with me but I believe that’s just me needing to not think so hard about the performance that it sucks all the positivity out of it.

A win is a win is a win and the team heads into a bye week with all the momentum in the world for a team not called the Chiefs or Rams.

If history is any indication, the Chargers likely won’t make any moves prior to this year’s trade deadline.

When wide receiver Dontrelle Inman was sent to the Chicago Bears last year for a sixth-round pick, it was the first time since 2007 that the team had made any such move. That year, the team sent a second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Chris Chambers in a move that many felt was a large mistake for the Chargers.

In my opinion, I don’t think there are any obvious players that the team would want to go after. The team is chugging along just fine without some of their best players and things should only get better following the bye week.

Don’t expect the team to make any moves that could potentially halt the momentum of the team.

At this point, after seeing who Addae wants to be this season and getting a better look at other players who have rotated in on the back end, I don’t even think Addae should be starting on this team.

Derwin James is better at everything across the board than Addae. The unfortunate part of this situation is that if James is best around the line of scrimmage and in the box, Addae is left to handle duties as the single high safety. Through seven games, Addae has done nothing but miss tackles and assignments, leaving him no better than any other Joe Blow the team could throw back there.

Adrian Phillips has emerged as one of the defenses most consistent players over the last several weeks and deserves a chance to steal some reps away from Addae although Phillips is doing most of his work aligned as a middle linebacker in the team’s dime package.

If Tyrell continues to blow up the way he has in recent weeks, I think it would be a crime to let him walk as a free agent. With Travis Benjamin slowly getting nudged out the door, a wide receiver trio of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Tyrell is incredibly intimidating. Allen is a top-3 route runner in the league, Mike Will possesses a rare blend of size and athletic-ability, and Tyrell adds a combination of length and speed that most defenders hope to never have to face.

I’m not sure how long the Chargers will be able to retain all of the young talent they have acquired, but they should attempt to do everything possible to stave off that day for as long as they can.

Well, without exaggerating too much, after all of the games he has missed up to this point, I’m pretty much dead enough inside to not have to worry about finding a costume for Halloweeen!

On a serious note, everyone knows how much of a fan I am of Forrest Lamp. I still remember sitting on a bench at a gym, sweaty and exhausted, when I got the news that Lamp tore his ACL during the first padded practice of 2017.

I sat frozen on that bench for what seemed like forever. A single, manly tear was attempting to escape from my eye. All I could think about was how much time was going to have to pass before I ever got the chance to see #77 on the football field. At this point, all that time has come and gone but I still am unable to watch my favorite player from the 2017 NFL Draft play for this team.

He’s healthy. He’s good to go. But this coaching staff is making him take the long route back to a starting position and until the wheels start to fall off in some facet, it doesn’t look like Lamp will make any starts this season for the Chargers.

Oh, Jordan. You know damn well that Julio won’t get near five touchdowns so I’d be putting all my money on 2,000 receiving yards.

I’ve never seen anything like this touchdown drought and I’m not sure what to really say about it. It almost looks like an inside job by Sarkisian and the staff. Most teams force the ball to much worse players than Julio when they are in the end zone so at this rate, how are they not solely chucking balls his way inside the twenty?

I think the best case scenario is 12-4 if the team can come out victorious against the Steelers. A final record of 11-5 would be extremely ideal and obviously a 10-6 record is still an improvement from 9-7.

The game against the Steelers, Ravens, Bengals are all tough draws with another match-up with the Chiefs and a pair of contests still left with the Broncos will all be under the microscope throughout the rest of the season.

If any single player goes into the bye week healthy but finds their way onto the injury report, than I’ll consider it a loss. The bye week should be for nothing but getting players in top shape to finish out the season and anything to the contrary should give the team a giant L for the week off.