Chargers fans have a few wishes for certain players or positions this season, and a handful were selected and featured below.
The Chargers have a number of goals heading into 2019, ranging from personal improvements to winning a Super Bowl. Fans also have a few wishes of their own, and a handful were selected from the responses to a Twitter question.
Forrest Lamp starts for one play
— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) June 26, 2019
The hope here is that Forrest Lamp is given his chance to start, and hopefully for more than one play of course. There’s not a fan out there who doesn’t want the former second-round pick and draft steal to start this season, for better or worse. Likely to play any position other than center this season, Lamp is finally going to be given the chance to protect Philip Rivers.
Melvin Gordon plays a full season
— Zach Hobbs (@zachhobbs10) June 26, 2019
Melvin Gordon has never been as injury-prone of a player as Jason Verrett or Denzel Perryman, but it always seems like there’s something nagging the franchise back. It’s never a catastrophic injury, but little things here and there have forced him to miss nine games in four years and leave a handful of others early. On the field, he’s nearly unstoppable, racking up 38 touchdowns in three seasons. His best season came last year, averaging 5.1 yards per rush where he had never averaged over four before.
Though the Chargers have a wealth of talent behind Gordon in the event of an injury, the team is much better with him on the field. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Gordon, playing hurt, was only able to muster 10 touches for 26 yards as the Patriots plowed over Philip Rivers and the offensive line. Here’s to hoping he is healthy all year and successful in the playoffs, earning his contract extension.
Idk what stat specifically but I’m trying to see the linebackers stay healthy, the stats will come if they stay on the field
— Kyle Heathman (@kyle_heathman) June 26, 2019
Speaking of reasons the Chargers lost in the Divisional Round, the linebackers had next to no influence in the postseason last year. The team was without Kyzir White, Denzel Perryman, and Jatavis Brown heading into the Wild Card Round, and fortunate to escape due to some outstanding play by Melvin Ingram and the defensive line. However, Tom Brady isn’t Lamar Jackson, and his offense carved its way through the defense in one of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history.
The key to linebackers this season is simply health. Most are good players who just need the opportunity to be on the field to make an impact. Though White, Brown, and Perryman are returning, Tom Telesco ensured their potential absence would not hurt the team with additions of Thomas Davis and Drue Tranquill. With Justin Jones returning, the selection of Jerry Tillery, and a healthy group of linebackers, the Chargers may finally have themselves a run defense.
Philip Rivers SB MVP
— Alvaro Manuel Chong (@Angel1356) June 26, 2019
Unsurprisingly, no wish was more frequent than Philip Rivers winning the Super Bowl and winning Super Bowl MVP. Any fan of the Chargers who has ever been a true fan of the Chargers, regardless of the move, wants Rivers to get his ring. There may not be a player in the NFL who deserves it more. There’s nothing more I could say that fans don’t already know, so I’ll let No. 17 close it out for me: