The Chargers announced their permanent captains for the 2020 season and there are a few new faces among the five voted on by the players, themselves. Here are your 2020 captains with some notes on each below.
as voted by the squad pic.twitter.com/61AjzqQ0zz— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 9, 2020
CB Casey Hayward Jr.
One of the best and most-underrated cornerbacks in the NFL, Hayward makes his debut as a captain for the Chargers in 2020. In four years with the team, Hayward has amassed 13 interceptions, including seven during the 2016 season in which he led the NFL in that category. Since 2016, Hayward has the highest-overall PFF grade by a cornerback with an elite 92.0 and a coverage grade of 92.4.
TE Hunter Henry
Henry also makes his debut as a captain for the Chargers in his fifth year with the team. A former second-round pick out of Arkansas, Henry was the 2016 recipient of the John Mackey Award, which is given to college football’s best tight end. As a rookie, Henry caught a career-high eight touchdowns while playing behind future Hall-of-Famer Antonio Gates. Over the last two years without Gates, Henry has missed 20 of 32 possible games. In 2020, he’s hoping to show the Bolts why he’s worth a new contract by having a career year with his stats and his health.
DE Melvin Ingram
Ingram secured the bag soon after training camp started and he’s likely playing for a new contract in 2020, either for the Chargers or another team. The eight-year veteran currently ranks fourth on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 49 and will need 17 more to break into the top three. Ingram is one of the heart-and-soul players of the Chargers, so this decision to make him a captain once more was a no-brainer.
C Mike Pouncey
Pouncey was signed as a free agent prior to the 2018 season. He went on to start all 16 games for the Chargers and played a key role in helping the team to a 12-4 record and their first playoff appearance (and victory) since 2013. He suffered a season-ending neck injury in 2019 but has worked his way back and was fully-cleared to play early on in the offseason. He also has four Pro Bowls to his name, one of which came in his first season with the Bolts.
QB Tyrod Taylor
In 2017, Taylor helped lead the Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. After a short stint in Cleveland, he’s now the starting quarterback for Chargers after spending the 2019 season behind Philip Rivers. He’s a dual-threat signal-caller who has thrown for 9,562 yards with 54 touchdowns to 20 interceptions over his 10-year career. On the ground, he’s amassed 1,843 rushing yards with 16 more scores on the ground.