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Chargers notebook: Offensive line, Austin Ekeler’s usage, playcalling

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Forrest Lamp #77 of the Los Angeles Chargers is carted off the field after being hurt during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Forrest Lamp #77 of the Los Angeles Chargers is carted off the field after being hurt during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

How does Lamp’s injury affect the Chargers’ offensive line?

This is less about how his injury affects the offensive line now, and more about how it affects it in the future. Honestly, the offensive line will be fine. Feeney has played left guard all year, so that isn’t a worry. The worry is at center with Pouncey out. Feeney was taking over at center until Lamp broke his ankle. Here is why you shouldn’t be worried:

Quessenberry is fantastic.

That’s right. Quessenberry might have been the best offensive lineman the Chargers had seen all year last week and was likely the best offensive lineman on the field for either squad in Nashville. His pass protection was sound, it was secure, and he communicated with the line so well. It was a delight to rewatch the game and focus solely on him for a few drives.

Now, as for the future, Lamp’s is in doubt. On the bright side for the Chargers, Lamp won’t command a high price in free agency, and they may be able to keep him as solid depth with a cheap contract. The bad news is that Lamp hasn’t had any real chance to develop due to injuries.

Lamp was once the highest-graded offensive lineman of his class, and he has shown the ability to back that claim up in his limited action, but he has just been so unlucky with injuries. It is truly unfortunate.

Overall, the answer is probably won’t hurt the Chargers’ offensive line too much now, but it might in the future.

That’s all for this week!

These were the more important topics and the most asked questions on Twitter over the course of this week. Hopefully, this helps to give some insight or shed some light on particular situations and helps Chargers understand what needs to change if this season is to be saved. Now, there is still hope. This team has all the talent in the world to run the table and go into January at 11-5, but it will take a lot.

Next. Chargers: Why no changes may occur this offseason

Have faith, keep your heads up, and hope to see fans excited for next week against Chicago!

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