Chargers Draft

Chargers: Five benefits of bringing back Philip Rivers

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers ran off the field following the 31-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers ran off the field following the 31-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Running back Melvin Gordon #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs up field against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Running back Melvin Gordon #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs up field against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Chargers benefit No. 4: They can take best player available the entire rest of the way

Grabbed a game-changing corner for Gus Bradley’s defense, and someone worthy of lining up across from Casey Hayward? Get that offensive tackle or guard next, as there may be some truly solid players given offensive line is the strength of the draft. How about wide receiver, which has been neglected in the draft for years and years under Telesco outside of Mike Williams?

Chargers benefit No. 3: They could do a whole lot worse

Rivers didn’t have a great season, but it could have been worse. His passer rating is 17th in the NFL, above guys like Tom Brady, Josh Allen, and Jared Goff. It’s nothing to hang up on his wall, but he was a very good quarterback…until he made critical error after critical error.

Here’s a few more players with a lower passer rating: Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray, and Baker Mayfield. The common theme: Young, inexperienced quarterbacks. Granted, each is in a less-than-desirable situation on mediocre teams, but they still haven’t turned their franchises around just yet. Even if the Chargers take a rookie quarterback, and even if that quarterback turns into something special in a few years, odds are he won’t be a game-changer in 2020.

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