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Chargers: Predicting crucial pieces for 2019 season

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers stands on the sideline during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers stands on the sideline during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after an 11-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after an 11-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Chargers: Key offensive players

Key Additions: Tight end Hunter Henry*, wide receiver Dontrelle Inman

Key Losses: Wide receiver Tyrell Williams

Offensive MVP: Wide receiver Keenan Allen

In a season where the Chargers could be without star running back Melvin Gordon for quite some time, receiver Keenan Allen could take a lot of the pressure off of the offense. One of the league’s top route runners can look to put up big numbers, keeping the defense spread out all season long and in turn helping the running backs do their thing between the hashes. The emergence of third-year wide receiver Mike Williams and return of tight end Hunter Henry will do nothing but help Allen this season, whether it be down the field or in key red zone situations. Alongside the rest of this deep receiving corps, Allen will be looking to carve up opposing defenses all season long, and barring injury there is no reason he shouldn’t be capable of doing so. You can almost certainly count on Allen to put up around 100 catches, 1,100 or more yards, and six or more touchdowns this year.

Henry counts as an addition here, as he missed every regular season game last year with a torn ACL. Having him back is a massive boost for the offense.

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