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LA Chargers: Three questions that still need to be answered

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives but watches the ball go over his head just of his reach against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. The ball was intercepted by Erik Harris #25. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives but watches the ball go over his head just of his reach against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. The ball was intercepted by Erik Harris #25. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Do the LA Chargers trust Trey Pipkins to start at left tackle?

The LA Chargers have rebuilt the offensive line quickly this offseason. While it still is not a perfect product, it definitely is much better than it was last season and if everyone stays healthy could definitely be above league average next season.

Bulaga and Turner are shoring up the right side of the line and are going to be fantastic in doing so. If Mike Pouncey can stay healthy then the team can trust in him at the center position as well to provide adequate, consistent, protection.

Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney are the two front-runners for the left guard position and both have potential. Lamp has never reached his potential as a first-rounder-caliber pick because of injuries and Feeney was good his rookie year but has been worse since.

With the two battling for the roster spot, the hope is that one of them steps up and can at least be average.

The one spot on the offensive line is left tackle after the team traded Okung for Turner. Last season Trenton Scott could fill in at right tackle when Okung was out. However, rookie tackle Trey Pipkins showed some promising signs while he got playing time, and is the likely frontrunner to be the left tackle on the roster.

Pipkins was certainly better than Scott and Sam Tevi and has more potential than either tackle. He is rather raw in his fundamentals but showcased some really positive signs while he was on the field that he could be an every-down tackle.

With other needs in the 2020 NFL Draft, are the LA Chargers going to draft a tackle early to start over Pipkins, or is the team going to take its chances and bet on Pipkin’s potential and some improvements in year two?

My guess is that they roll with Pipkins. We will see.

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