Since the beginning of the new league year last month, the Chargers have signed five new players and re-signed another half a dozen. Among those new players signed have been 2020 First-Team All-Pro center Corey Linsley and offensive guard Matt Feiler. The Bolts’ most-notable re-signing has definitely been cornerback Michael Davis, who has five interceptions over the past two seasons while becoming one of the most underrated corners in the league.
But even after all of their moves this past month, the Chargers were still ranked in the bottom half of the league in USA Today’s post-free agency power rankings. Here’s what author Nate Davis had to say about the Bolts:
“Does any team have the potential for such a wide variance of 2021 outcomes? QB Justin Herbert still needs O-line reinforcements, especially at left tackle, and it remains to be seen how Vic Fangio disciple Brandon Staley adapts his defensive philosophy to these personnel. But Bolts have a core that should be playoff caliber.”
He’s right that the Chargers have one of the better cores in the NFL right now. They cross off boxes for elite quarterback, elite pass-catcher, and elite pass-rusher, which is more than most teams can say about their squads heading into 2021. However, No. 19 does still seem a bit low.
What do you all think of this ranking by USA Today?
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