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3 position battles to keep an eye on in Chargers’ preseason opener against Cardinals

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jakeem Grant #19 of the Miami Dolphins returns the punt and tries to get around Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Charmeachealle Moore #50 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the NFL game at the StubHub Center on September 17, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jakeem Grant #19 of the Miami Dolphins returns the punt and tries to get around Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Charmeachealle Moore #50 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the NFL game at the StubHub Center on September 17, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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LAWRENCE, KS – SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Johnson #84 of the Kansas Jayhawks has his shirt pulled by Derrek Pitts Jr. #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers as he looks for running room in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS – SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Johnson #84 of the Kansas Jayhawks has his shirt pulled by Derrek Pitts Jr. #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers as he looks for running room in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Tight End

One of the most intriguing storylines surrounding the Chargers this offseason has been the tight end position since the season-ending injury to Hunter Henry.

What is the team going to do at this spot?

Since Antonio Gates hasn’t been brought back, the team is going into its first preseason game with Virgil Green and a bunch of players that the national audience isn’t familiar with in any way, shape or form.

One idea is that the team will use Green as more of a receiving option than originally planned, but that would go completely against what the team had planned when it signed him. Plus, Green has never had more than 22 catches in a season, so he’s probably not going to become some amazing receiving threat.

So then what? Braedon Bowman? Sean Culkin? Ben Johnson? Cole Hunt? One of these guys is going to need to step up and depending on who you talk to, you’ll hear votes of confidence for each of those guys.

The team released its first depth chart earlier in the week and Bowman was the backup behind Green. The rest of the order went Culkin, Hunt, Johnson.

If one of those guys doesn’t make some plays in this game, the team needs to seriously look at tight ends on the street that might be able to come in and make a difference.

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