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Los Angeles Chargers: Projected starters ahead of training camp

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown with teammate Keenan Allen #13 to take a 14-10 lead during the second quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown with teammate Keenan Allen #13 to take a 14-10 lead during the second quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Offense

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?

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