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Which offseason acquisition will have the biggest impact in 2016 for Chargers?

Sep 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a third quarter touchdown to tight end Antonio Gates (not pictured) while eluding the grasp of Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a third quarter touchdown to tight end Antonio Gates (not pictured) while eluding the grasp of Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chargers drafted a number of players and picked up free agents that are expected to come in right away and make immediate impacts. In 2015, the Chargers ranked last against the run and Brandon Mebane will come in right away and own the middle and demand a double team. Mebane has won a Super Bowl and anchored the defensive line of the Seattle Seahawks, one of the best defenses in the past decade. He offers experience and a winning mentality. The emergence of second year inside linebacker Denzel Perryman and rookie Joey Bosa, who is great against the run, will help turn things around for our Bolts in 2016. Teams would pound the ball down our defense’s throat every week, causing our defense to get exhausted and teams controlled the game and time of possession. Anticipate a lot more 3-and-outs this season.

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On offense, the offseason goal was to better protect Philip Rivers in 2016. They addressed it with the addition of Matt Slauson, who will step into the center position right away. The team drafted Max Tuerk in the 3rd round and grabbed the best tight end in the draft, Hunter Henry, who can block and catch, drawing comparisons to Jason Witten.

Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry dominant in team drills. As they should be at rookie minicamp. Will mix in with the veterans Monday.

— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) May 14, 2016

Henry will ultimately have the greatest impact in 2016 because he is the only other tight end opposite Antonio Gates, not a bad player to learn from. Hunter will come in right away and play because he can get downfield in a hurry and virtually catches everything thrown in his general area, as he didn’t drop one pass in 2015 at Arkansas.

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