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MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Drue Tranquill #49 after a interception against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Drue Tranquill #49 after a interception against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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BOCA RATON, FL – DECEMBER 20: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Memphis Tigers at FAU Stadium on December 20, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL – DECEMBER 20: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Memphis Tigers at FAU Stadium on December 20, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Chargers finally will see what Forrest Lamp brings to the team

Lamp was the highest-graded Chargers offensive lineman…until he was given a chance to play legitimate snaps in Week 5. That doesn’t mean he was bad (in fact, he was solid), but it does indicate his insertion into the lineup doesn’t fix every problem along the offensive line overnight.

What it does do, however, is give the team a chance to see what their second-round pick can do. In Week 5, Lamp posted his lowest overall (53.4), pass blocking (56.8), and run blocking (49.8) grades of the year while allowing three pressures; however, one could expect those to improve with him opening the game as the starter.

It was tough to move both Schofield and Feeney from their spots, as they rank 11th and 29th in pass blocking grades, respectively (Lamp is 48th). But the injury to Pouncey serves as a potential blessing in disguise, as the former Pro-Bowl center is rated the 29th center with the fourth-most pressures allowed all season. 

So whether this is the start of something beautiful or the beginning of a disaster along the offensive line, a change is finally happening. Fans will finally get their questions about Lamp answered; hopefully (and boy are fans hoping) the result is nothing but positive.

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