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Chargers’ eight most intriguing X-factor players in 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Uchenna Nwosu of Los Angeles Chargers is seen in the tunnel during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Uchenna Nwosu of Los Angeles Chargers is seen in the tunnel during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Sam Tevi #69 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Sam Tevi #69 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Sam Tevi, OT

Back-to-back plays from Dee Ford taking advantage of backup RT Sam Tevi in the game. Great snap timing the first rep to win outside, followed by the quick inside counter & QB hit: pic.twitter.com/rBWlp2xi6Q

— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) September 12, 2018

The Chargers, as they did with the corner position, neglected to draft or sign a tackle that would come in and play immediately. However, unlike the team’s secondary, they don’t have a great rotation of players they can rely on. Tevi is expected to play every single offensive snap of every single game, entering the 2019 season as his first as the official starter.

To say the success of the season rides entirely on the health and performance of the offensive line is not an understatement; their main job, of many jobs, is to ensure the success of the entire offense. Without them, there is no running game, no passing game, no conversions on fourth down, no points scored. Tevi will now fall under the weight of massive scrutiny that comes with playing an incredibly important position on the line. He is doubted by many, but will he prove them wrong?

Brandon Facyson, CB

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One year, it’s Trevor Williams. The next, Michael Davis. Is this Brandon Facyson’s year to break out? For the first time in two years, there is no definitive starter opposite Hayward. Verrett or Williams were pegged as the likely starters last year, but Davis finished the season with more snaps than either. There is an opportunity for Facyson to move up the depth chart.

Last season, Facyson played in just 0.58 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, but appeared in 49.07 percent of their special teams snaps. There will be a place for him on the Chargers as a special teams player, but the defensive backfield could always use a good fourth corner. The team carried six corners onto their final 53-man roster last season, which included Facyson. With Craig Mager gone, as well as the departure of Verrett (who was on IR before the final roster was made), it’s possible Facyson becomes another one of the many well-developed defensive backs to over-perform under the guidance of coach Ron Milus.

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