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LA Chargers: How does Philip Rivers’ departure impact leading receivers?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to the crowd 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: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to the crowd 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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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca on November 18, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca on November 18, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

The LA Chargers are officially setting their eyes on a new starting quarterback for the 2020-2021 season as announced by the team on Monday. How will the change impact the team’s leading receivers throughout the season?

Philip Rivers’ time as quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers has officially come to a close. The team has announced they have mutually parted ways with Rivers, letting him become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

While it is ultimately a sad day for Chargers fans everywhere, the move no doubt raises plenty of questions for a franchise still waiting for its first Lombardi trophy. One question that may come to mind is, how will the team’s leading receivers produce this upcoming season with a new quarterback at the helm?

While many may have grown tired of Rivers’ decision making, it may have been to the benefit of his receivers at times, and they themselves may come to miss that gunslinger personality that Rivers brought onto the field week in and week out.

However, maybe the receivers will enjoy someone who can put the ball right in their hands after a beautifully run route over and over again, regardless of whether it is a seven-yard completion or an explosive 20+ yard reception.

With that said, let’s take a look at the Chargers’ top four receivers from the 2019 season and analyze how the departure of Rivers may impact their numbers for better or worse for the upcoming 2020 season.

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