Sam Tevi has been “fine” at left tackle, allowing just a pair of sacks through 11 games. Is he what the team should settle for at the position? Not at all. There’s going to be plenty of top tackles in this year’s draft and the Bolts need to capitalize on one of them.
The other two positions of need stem from Melvin Ingram and Hunter Henry set to be free agents after the 2020 season. Ingram is likely all but gone at this point. A player making $14 million and producing zero sacks and TFLs is less than ideal. Uchenna Nwosu, his backup and replacement, has 3.5 in a fraction of the total snaps played.
Henry is more than likely returning to the team next year as he is just 25 years old and one of the most-complete tight ends in the NFL. Those types of players don’t grow on trees and they’re lucky to have him.
The Bolts are projected to be $33.5 million under the cap next season, so there’s certainly going to be some wiggle room for deals to get done.Having Ingram off the books will help a ton and I fully expect the team to cut more of the bad fat off by the time free agency starts next March.
Now for today’s links.
Check out photos from Wednesday’s practice (Chargers.com)
Wednesday’s injury report (Chargers.com)
Melvin Ingram is done for the remainder of the 2020 season (Chargers Wire)
Bill Barnwell discusses the weaknesses of all the contenders in the NFL (ESPN)
Four Broncos quarterbacks were fine for not wearing masks (ESPN)
The Steelers improved to 11-0 after beating the Ravens (CBS Sports)
The Dolphins will wait until Sunday to decide on their starter (Pro Football Talk)
Steelers OLB Bud Dupree tore his ACL against the Ravens (Pro Football Talk)
The Steelers are far from the AFC’s best team (Bleacher Report)