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Chargers: Top five positional needs heading into 2020

WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 30: Jordan Love #10 of the Utah State Aggies rolls out against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half of their game at BB&T Field on August 30, 2019 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest won 38-35. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 30: Jordan Love #10 of the Utah State Aggies rolls out against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half of their game at BB&T Field on August 30, 2019 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest won 38-35. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gestures as he can’t hear the play call because of noise in the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gestures as he can’t hear the play call because of noise in the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Chargers need No. 3: Quarterback

Coming off of 2018, Philip Rivers was on fire. An MVP level campaign put a spark plug in not just the Chargers’ season, but Rivers’ future. And that got walked back quite a bit in 2019. Going from 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, Rivers has fallen to 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions as he enters the final week. When the Chargers were able to rally to 4-5 after starting 2-5, Rivers had two really bad games that sunk the season vs. Oakland and Kansas City, throwing a backbreaking seven interceptions in those two games.

The likeliest scenario? It’s probably still a one to two year contract for Rivers as the Chargers decide to look to the future within the next two drafts. Joe Burrow is out of range, but Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert could be available. One name to watch that’s quickly rising up draft boards: Jordan Love out of Utah State. The Chargers could wait until 2021, but the reality seems to be that the quarterback of the future is coming now, while they are as high up the draft board as they are.

Chargers need No. 2: Wide receiver

Some may be confused by this pick. The Chargers already have Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. But past that, there’s not a lot of depth at the position. Since Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin went on IR, there hasn’t been a reliable third or fourth receiver. Andre Patton isn’t the third wideout fans hoped he would be. There’s enough of a sample size to say that with the production he has that he can’t really be the guy, barring some real training camp development in 2020.

To really unlock the full offense, the Chargers need a really reliable third wideout. Having a fifth guy to be worried about in addition Allen, Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler in the receiving game could open the field up nicely. Luckily for the Chargers, there’s some decent talent in the draft that will probably be around in the second to third round range, like Brandon Aiyuk or Jalen Reagor. Getting a receiver in the middle of a really deep draft at the position and re-signing Inman feels like a decent plan for 2020.

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