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Los Angeles Chargers: Where do team’s biggest weaknesses exist?

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Photo by Harry How/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)

Right tackle

There’s little argument that this is where the Chargers still have the biggest need and that is why I expected the team to look for a tackle in the first round of the draft. The pool at defensive tackle was considerably deeper.

Taking that into account, Tillery was still the right pick in that spot and it’s one fans should be stoked about.

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But are fans going to be stoked to see Sam Tevi at right tackle again this season? Sure, Tevi was a suitable replacement for Joe Barksdale who was eventually released late last season. He was ‘suitable’ until the team ran into the Patriots and in that game, he was completely overwhelmed.

Every team that lines up against the Chargers this season will have that tape on Tevi and he’ll need to make some major adjustments to avoid a repeat performance. The team did draft Trey Pipkins in the third round but after a college playing career at Sioux Falls, he will likely need some time to acclimate to the next level.

Tom Telesco could always look for a right tackle released by a team later this year or he could look to work a trade. If not, the team will go forth with Tevi as the starter, unless Pipkins can beat him out as a rookie, which would be a genuine surprise.

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