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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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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Los Angeles Chargers react with fans after an interception in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Los Angeles Chargers react with fans after an interception in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Chargers: Key defensive players

Key Additions: Linebacker Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, safety Nasir Adderley, linebacker Drue Tranquill, linebacker Emeke Egbule, defensive tackle Cortez Broughton

Key Losses: Cornerback Jason Verrett, defensive tackle Darius Philon, safety Jahleel Addae, linebacker Kyle Emanuel

Defensive MVP: Defensive end Joey Bosa

Limited last year due to a foot injury, defensive end Joey Bosa will once again establish himself as one of the premier pass rushers in this league. Defensive end Melvin Ingram, as well as defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, will help to ensure Bosa does not draw all the attention of the offensive line. Behind No. 97 is a secondary that has improved from 2018, adding free safety Nasir Adderley via the draft and hopefully a healthy corner in Trevor Williams. An elite secondary, as well as an improved and healthy linebacker corps, will force the quarterback to hold on to the ball longer and give Bosa more opportunities to take him down. Along with that, Bosa has most definitely not reached his full potential yet. In 2017 we got a look at what he could be, as he picked up 12.5 sacks, 70 tackles, and four forced fumbles in just his second season in the league. All things considered, Bosa could have an absolutely explosive year in 2019, tallying up 16.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, 81 tackles, and three forced fumbles. Without Derwin James for most of the season, the Chargers will have to rely on their best player on defense.

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