The Chargers have a lot of young players that fans just cannot wait to see in 2020. Whether it’s Justin Herbert and Kenneth Murray — their first-round picks from this year’s draft — or 2019 second-round pick Nasir Adderley, fans have plenty of young talent to be excited excited about.
One player in particular who seems to have captured the hearts of the entire fan base is second-year linebacker and 2019 fourth-round pick, Drue Tranquill. If you glance around the media, you’ll also notice the rest of the NFL community has taken a notice to him, as well.
Josh Edwards of CBS Sports recently published a piece listing 22 players that he believes will have second-year breakouts in 2020. Tranquill was one of two linebackers chosen, joining Tampa Bay’s Devin White.
“Tranquill is a more mobile linebacker used primarily in sub packages,” Edwards says. “Our breakout defensive team is going to be smaller, but no less impactful in our approach to combat more spread style offenses. Tranquill was all over the field last season. He should have more opportunities to make an impact with an improved defensive unit around him this season.”
Tranquill finished second on the team with 75 total tackles while playing in 15 games with three starts. He also added four tackles-for-loss, a pass breakup, and blocked two punts. For his efforts, he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.
Tranquill told the media in a press conference last month that whenever he was on the field last season, he was playing the MIKE and calling the defense. He apparently did not not play any WILL like some thought. He seems to have the inside track on the starting job there and this will likely spell the end of Denzel Perryman’s time with the Chargers. Murray is likely slated at WILL where his athletic abilities can really shine as a run-and-chase defender. That pairing is the odds-on favorite for the two true starting spots at linebacker in this defense.
Now let’s check out some links.
Gavino Borquez lists the four players Chargers fans are most excited to see in 2020 (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed predicts the Madden 21 ratings for the Chargers’ quarterbacks (Bolt Beat)
Jason Reed looks at why 2020 could be Anthony Lynn’s last season with the Chargers (Bolt Beat)
Solomon Wilcots thinks the Chargers have the best secondary in the NFL (Pro Football Focus)
Jason La Canfora discusses how Drew Brees missed the mark with his initial apology (CBS Sports)
Josh Edwards names his 22 players primed for a leap in play from year one to year two (CBS Sports)
Matt Ryan is donating $500,000 in support of Atlanta’s black community (Bleacher Report)
Adrian Peterson plans to take a knee this season during the national anthem (Pro Football Talk)