Earlier this month, the folks over at Pro Football Focus released their annual rankings of the NFL’s 32 offensive line units.
Not surprising at all, teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are among the top teams listed. Also not surprising, after a season that saw some initial imrpovement to start the season and then some subsequent regression towards the end of 2018, the Chargers hog-mollies rank near the bottom of the league at 29th.
Here’s what PFF had to say about the unit:
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
“The Chargers possess one of the most promising rosters in the league, especially following the 2019 NFL Draft, but the offensive line continues to be a headache. The group surrendered a quarterback pressure on 30.8% of dropbacks which ranked 25th in the league in 2018. For an offensive line that saw four players earn sub-62.0 grades, it has to finally be the time to give Forrest Lamp, 2017 second-round pick, the chance he deserves.”
The thing that should stand out the most to fans is the inclusion of Forrest Lamp, whom PFF predicts to win the starting left guard job over incumbent Dan Feeney after he took a giant step back in his sophomore campaign.
Sam Tevi will likely be the starter at right tackle but if you’re anything like me, you hope Trey Pipkins can surprise and push Tevi because the right tackle position NEEDS to be pushed and competition must be infused into that spot or else the team will continue to be content with medicority.
And to think that there is still an “undisclosed” injury out there surrounding Russell Okung. If Okung is unable to go for training camp or even the start of the regular season, you can safely bet that the Chargers offensive line unit would plummet straight to the bottom of this list.