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San Diego Chargers don’t have enough at outside linebacker

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Where will the San Diego Chargers find production at outside linebacker this season? 

The San Diego Chargers struggled to get pressure on quarterbacks last season. It has been a struggle for the team for the last few seasons but the Chargers did not give that area of concern any attention in the offseason. Unless you are looking at a 5th round draft selection as the solution, this team doesn’t have enough talent outside.

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At this moment, the team will trust in Jeremiah Attaochu and Melvin Ingram to create pressure. They are a couple of young players that have the potential to be good, but still have left a lot to be desired. We don’t know how much they will be able to stay on the field. Melvin Ingram has a history of injuries that have kept him off of the field. Jeremiah Attaochu struggled with some lingering injuries all of last season, yet the team has done nothing to address the situation.

Jarret Johnson retired in the offseason and Dwight Freeney will not be brought back and will likely retire as well. With both of them gone, the team has to lean on Tourek Williams and Cordarro Law as the main backups to the starters. Rookie Kyle Emmanuel will also get a shot at getting some playing time with the team also.

The top 5 players on the depth chart at the outside linebacker spot have 10 career sacks. TEN! Melvin Ingram has 6 in his career. Attaochu has 2 in his career. Where is the pressure going to come from? It already feels like this will be something that needs to be addressed next offseason.

Is there enough depth on the roster? As soon as one of the starters goes down (because they always go down), the team will be looking at Tourek Williams or Cordarro Law as a starter. And we were comfortable with that? A few of those guys will have to step up.

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