Every team needs a great quarterback. But how good can a great quarterback really be if the players around him are, for lack of a better term, not great?
Heading into the 2019 season, the Chargers won’t have to worry about this quandary thanks to Tom Telesco and the excellent job his staff has done in order to put the right pieces around Philip Rivers over the last couple drafts to maximize the “win now” window.
However, it’s not just the Chargers fan base that have taken notice. Those around the media realm feel the same way. More specifically, the fine people over at Bleacher Report recently compiled their list of best supporting casts around NFL QB’s and the Chargers were ranked 4th out of all 32 teams.
Here are the three main blurbs about the team’s running back, wide receiver, and tight end situations:
“At running back, Melvin Gordon III once again made the Pro Bowl with double-digit touchdowns during the 2018 campaign in which he averaged a stellar 5.1 yards per carry. But Gordon is also complemented by Austin Ekeler, who made a run at 1,000 scrimmage yards and averaged 5.2 yards per attempt as a sophomore last year.”
“Top receiver Keenan Allen is one of the best in the league and is coming off a second consecutive 1,100-yard, six-touchdown season. While they lost key secondary receiver Tyrell Williams, 2017 No. 7 overall pick Mike Williams scored 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and should be on the verge of an explosion. Veteran Travis Benjamin is also a strong No. 3 wideout.”
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“Tight end Hunter Henry looked set to have a huge 2018 season before a torn ACL crushed those hopes. But the 2016 second-round pick is healthy now and should be a tremendous asset in his age-25 campaign. And he’s at least backed up by steady veteran Virgil Green.”
Melvin Gordon III and Keenan Allen are locked in for another high-level fantasy season in 2019.— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) June 17, 2019
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Even with the loss of Tyrell Williams to the Oakland Raiders, who was rightfully one of the best deep-threats in the entire NFL, there is still plenty to love about the pass-catchers on this team. The addition of Hunter Henry is great. He is not the same player as Tyrell but he will likely upgrade the offense in the touchdown/clutch catch department in exchange for 50+ yard chunk plays.
The depth that this team has at running back shouldn’t be understated, either. After last season, it’s a great feeling knowing there’s at least one important that won’t miss a beat were injuries to pile up once again.
At any rate, this offense will once again be must-watch television in 2019 and you definitely do not want to miss a thing.