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Should Forrest Lamp come back as a guard or tackle?

By Brian Garcia
BOWLING GREEN, KY - DECEMBER 03: Head coach Jeff Brohm and Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers celebrate following the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
BOWLING GREEN, KY - DECEMBER 03: Head coach Jeff Brohm and Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers celebrate following the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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The most awaited return, besides Joey Bosa, is the 2016 second-round pick , offensive lineman Forrest Lamp.

But the question is not whether or not he will return, but rather what position he will play once he returns to the field? With the recent injury of Joe Barksdale, it has been brought up if the Los Angeles Chargers  should plug in Forrest Lamp at the right tackle position, or keep him as a right guard and fight for a starting job.

All we know is that Lamp will make an impact wherever he plays.

BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gives encouragement to Dan Feeney #66 and Mike Pouncey #53 in the closing moments of the their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gives encouragement to Dan Feeney #66 and Mike Pouncey #53 in the closing moments of the their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Forrest Lamp at Right Guard

Just the thought of having Dan Feeney, Mike Pouncey and Lamp as our starting interior offensive line just screams potential dominance. Feeney took over as the starting left guard after Matt Slauson’s time as a Charger came to a close.

He has lived up to his pre-draft hype as one of the top two guards in his draft class. Pouncey has outperformed everyone’s expectations, not only being a cerebral player the Chargers thought they were getting, but also being a dominant force at the center position.

Having the run blocking of Feeney and tenacity of Pouncey, Lamp would bring the athleticism to the line. Lamp is very nimble for a player his size, which is much needed with Anthony Lynn and Co. loving to pull their guards and even center.

Lamp is also a player that has an endless motor and plays through the whistle. The most impressive part of Lamp’s game is probably his hands, his punches can knock any defensive lineman off their course. Lamp is a very smart player who knows what his opponent is going to do before he even does it.

Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler would love to have all three up front to open up holes in the run game. Philip Rivers would also have a clean pocket to step up and deliver a fast ball. It would sound like a perfect fit for Lamp to play the guard position, but then Barksdale went down.

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