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Chargers opt to gamble entire season on the growth of their offensive linemen

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Chris Wormley #93 of the Baltimore Ravens sacks Philip Rivers #17 as Dan Feeney #66 and Michael Schofield #75 of the Los Angeles Chargers look on during the second half of a game at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Chris Wormley #93 of the Baltimore Ravens sacks Philip Rivers #17 as Dan Feeney #66 and Michael Schofield #75 of the Los Angeles Chargers look on during the second half of a game at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Offensive guard Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Offensive guard Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chargers offensive linemen: Feeney and Lamp

Just as they did with Tevi, the Chargers opted to not bring in competition to replace Feeney, who was the lowest-graded player on their offensive line. Though many fans wanted to upgrade the right tackle position, it may have been even more beneficial to find a better starter at left guard. Tevi has never entered training camp as the projected starter; Feeney, on the other hand, started nine games in 2017 and was given an entire offseason and full slate of regular season games to serve as the first-team guard in 2018.

Then there’s the fascinating case of Forrest Lamp, who was the best offensive line selection made by Tom Telesco with possibly the worst luck. If not for an injury that kept him out of the season, Lamp could have been the immediate starter and live up to his draft-day steal label. Instead, he hasn’t appeared as a starter in any regular season or postseason games. There are many, including myself, that assumed No. 77 would take the right guard spot in 2018; however, not only did he not recover as quickly as anticipated, but Schofield actually played well enough to earn a starting job as of Week 1. Fans, once again, are hoping that Lamp can find a role with the first-string offensive linemen in 2019. But who knows for sure that this year will be any different from last year, when many of us were saying the exact same thing?

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