The Chargers ranked No. 4 in the NFL in total offense last season. The only teams ahead of them — New England, New Orleans and Pittsburgh — all made the playoffs last season.
Of course, the team will be led by quarterback Philip Rivers. Entering his 13th season as the starter for the team, he has one of the better teams around him that he’s had in his time with the team.
The Chargers want to run the ball more as evidenced by the addition of Virgil Green and Mike Pouncey. Will this be the year Melvin Gordon finally averages over four yards per carry?
Projected offensive starters:
QB- Philip Rivers
RB- Melvin Gordon
FB- Derek Watt
WR- Keenan Allen
WR- Tyrell Williams
TE- Virgil Green
OT- Russell Okung
OG- Dan Feeney
C- Mike Pouncey
OG- Forrest Lamp
RT- Joe Barksdale
These are just the projections as it stands entering camp but really, none of these should be seen as a surprise. The team does have a several question marks.
Will Lamp be ready to play come Week 1? If not, the Chargers would likely have to turn to either Michael Schofield or Sam Tevi to man the position until Lamp, who tore his ACL last May, is ready to play.
At tight end, Green is not going to add much as a receiver. Will a guy like Sean Culkin or Braedon Bowman step up or will the team bring back Antonio Gates?
Then there is Joe Barksdale at right tackle. The team may decide that Schofield is a better option there at some point in camp.
Finally, how does last year’s first-round pick, Mike Williams, fit in on this offense? Will he make his mark in his second year?