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Takeaways from Chargers’ 24-17 loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Defensive back A.J. Howard #42 of the Arizona Cardinals return a fumble against tight end Sean Culkin #80 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Defensive back A.J. Howard #42 of the Arizona Cardinals return a fumble against tight end Sean Culkin #80 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Where were the tight ends?

This is a growing problem and perhaps the most concerning issue that the team currently faces. It doesn’t appear that there is a tight end who will help the Chargers move the chains.

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The injury to Hunter Henry was devastating, but it’s made worse by the fact that the team doesn’t have a guy who can even come close to filling his shoes.

Tight ends were targeted eight times in this game. Only two of those passes were caught, both by Sean Culkin. Between Virgil Green, Braedon Bowman, Cole Hunt and Ben Johnson, the Chargers literally got nothing in the passing game.

This is something that must change. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and tight ends coach Rip Scherer need to put their heads together and figure out how to get the tight ends going. That, or the obvious, which would be to bring Antonio Gates back.

Why has that not happened?

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