Chargers decision No. 1: Leaving Desmond King as the starting returner
This was a worry of mine as offseason activities moved forward. It looked like everyone but King was being given chances to field a punt during practices open to the public. With guys like Artavis Scott and Troymaine Pope trying to make the roster through special teams contributions, it was possible the Chargers would give one of them the job and let King stick to defense.
King’s role on defense may be greater now than it was before, as Derwin James is going to miss over half the season with a foot injury. It’s possible that having to partially fill James’ role will take King away from a punt return on occasion.
But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it:
Desmond King vs. punt coverage.Advantage: ⚡️⚡️⚡️
— NFL (@NFL) June 24, 2019
It would be foolish to completely remove a special teams All-Pro from his duties to help fill a void on defense.
It’s much easier to pick at some of the bad decisions with the initial 53-man roster and depth chart, but still, there were some good decision made by the team as well. Many of them serve as projections for what’s to come, and it’s possible the snaps on Sunday shows the Chargers operating on a completely different-looking depth chart. Of these five decisions, which has the potential to impact this season the most?