2. Defensive line
The defensive line was sub par last year. While the team has great talent in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa on the ends of the line, they still gave up 4.9 yards per carry last year and they gave up the second-most yards per game in the league. Through either the draft or free agency, the team has to improve here, both through scheme and talent. Many have suggested Washington’s Vita Vea as a great fit for the Chargers, and I happen to agree.
With a running back like Kareem Hunt in the division, as well as a coach like Jon Gruden who takes the whole concept of ground and pound to another level, teams are going to be looking to expose the weakness in the Chargers’ run defense.
Wouldn’t hurt at all to solidify the line.
3. Offensive Line
The Chargers’ O-Line improved in a big way last year. Leaps and bounds ahead of where they were in the previous two injury-plagued seasons. However, that’s not saying a lot. The run game still struggled with run blocking ultimately and were 24th in the league. 3.8 yards per carry isn’t really going to get it done. The good news was that Philip Rivers was one of the least sacked quarterbacks in the league due to how the offensive line played.
Josh Sitton just became a free agent as the Chicago Bears have declined to pick up his team option. There’s always a ton of talent to get through the draft. One variable we don’t really know is Forrest Lamp. He tore his ACL last August before the season started in practice. We’ll have to see if the former highly touted second-round pick will start the season.