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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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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass during the second quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass during the second quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Thomas Davis, LB

#Chargers LB Thomas Davis on QB Philip Rivers yelling out at him during practice “OH YEAH TD!”Davis started off by saying “Philip being Philip.” pic.twitter.com/Ih3WzWOnCS

— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) April 29, 2019

What’s the best thing a team could do for a locker room of linebackers that are young and athletic, but need help staying on the field? Bring in a veteran who has missed just two games due to injury since 2012. Thomas Davis has more passes defended in his career than Denzel Perryman has games played in. The Chargers are getting one of the league’s best locker room presences, as Davis is also a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award-winner.

If all goes according to plan, Davis will bring out the best in every linebacker on this roster, which is currently a very crowded group of talented individuals.

Tyrod Taylor, QB

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1041413782721855489

Sure, if he never sees a down of football, it’s technically a waste of money. But not many drive their cars without insurance. Taylor is the first reserve quarterback to sit behind Rivers who can actually win a game if No. 17 goes down with an injury. Many who complain about the lack of a capable backup behind Rivers also bemoaned Taylor’s signing; why? No one expects Taylor to start, and no one wants him to start. But the Chargers felt that their team was special enough to make a run this year, and that no injury to their franchise leader should jeopardize this season.

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Anthony Lynn spent time with Taylor as a Buffalo Bill, and despite his comments suggesting the team will not use quarterbacks to run the ball, one can’t help but feel the team should explore every avenue with their new backup. Taylor has a 6.1 yards per rush average over the past four seasons, which, as hard as it is to imagine, is much higher than Rivers’ average of 1.1 yards per rush over the same span. The Chargers currently hold the NFL’s highest fourth-down conversion rate percentage; however, they also hold the lowest number of attempts with just eight. The team was rewarded many times for their fourth down or two-point conversion attempts; can Tyrod Taylor be the X-factor to bring new flare to this offense?

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