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Los Angeles Chargers players with most to prove before season starts

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a 46 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a 46 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Sam Tevi

Just go back and watch the game against the New England Patriots from last year’s playoffs. The offensive line was overmatched and much of the blame for that fell on Tevi, who was often compared to a turnstile following the game. You know, the thing that lets you through after you hand over your ticket to get into a stadium.

And that came against a defense not really known for getting after the passer.

The Chargers did draft a potential future right tackle in Trey Pipkins, but the general feeling is that he’s not going to be ready to play this season, at least not to begin with. That leaves the Chargers rolling out Tevi again at the right tackle spot.

Many teams may laugh when they see that, thinking that Philip Rivers will be in for a long day all too often, so it’s up to Tevi to prove that he can be an NFL-level offensive tackle. That literally might be the biggest key of this entire season.

Tevi was a sixth-round pick in 2017 and was never supposed to be anything more than a rotational backup, at most, but as they usually do with the Chargers, injuries forced him into a more prominent role.

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