The Chargers will consider resting their veteran starters this offseason; who benefits the most from additional playing time?
According to Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, veteran starters will be rested this offseason:
#Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reiterates that he will be resting veteran guys during the offseason. He says he doesn’t see his veterans playing much, but that things change especially if the team looks sloppy.
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) June 11, 2019
With so many young exciting players on the roster, the Chargers could benefit from seeing what their more recent draft classes can do with expanded playing time. Though veterans will help carry the team into the postseason this season, it’s up to the newer faces to push the organization into the future. Here are 15 Chargers who would gain the most from additional snaps:
Chargers beneficiaries: Offensive tackle
Resting: LT Russell Okung
Benefits: LT Trey Pipkins
The Chargers took small-school unknown Trey Pipkins with their third-round selection, the only tackle they selected in the entire 2019 NFL Draft. Pipkins is projected to be a left tackle, and will back up veteran Russell Okung. At 31 years when the season begins, Okung will almost certainly be given a break from playing time. Now, with an apparent unknown injury that may or may not be long-term, it’s a guarantee he will be held out.
Pipkins has size and athleticism to play the position, but is very raw and has not regularly faced NFL-level competition. He dominated those across from him, but how will he do against some of the NFL’s best? With Okung being rested, Pipkins will have much more opportunities to have reps with the first-string offense and give the Chargers a chance to see what their potential future left tackle may bring.