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LA Chargers: The 10 best players entering the 2020 season

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Since the LA Chargers have a very different team heading into 2020 than they did in 2019, let’s take a look into who the best players on the roster are now.

Turnover on the roster has been more evident than it has been in previous seasons for the LA Chargers. From Tyrod Taylor replacing Philip Rivers to Trai Turner being traded for Russell Okung, it’s night and day with the 2019 team in many respects. That’s before even getting to free-agent acquisitions and departures.

First, let’s start with some honorable mentions that didn’t quite crack the top 10. Linval Joseph was one of the Chargers’ top free-agent signings. By his own very high standards, Joseph had a bit of a down year in 2019. He was graded 44th out of the interior lineman by PFF. Joseph’s peak was probably the 2014-2017 seasons. He wasn’t quite at the same level in 2019. Still, he’s going to be a much better run stopper than the Chargers have had recently.

Tyrod Taylor is another honorable mention for me. He’s still an efficient passer that doesn’t turn the ball over. Most Chargers fans don’t think particularly highly of him, considering half of the fan base wants to replace him with Cam Newton every day.

However, Taylor has good mobility to extend plays and can help keep the Chargers competitive. Over the last four years, he has a 2.75 touchdown to interception ratio.

Turner is the last honorable mention. When the Chargers made the Okung for Turner deal, I was scrolling through twitter to see what else they gave up in the trade. Somehow, they didn’t give up anything else.

Turner is a young offensive guard who has made five consecutive Pro Bowls. In the large pantheon of life’s mysteries that I’ll never figure out, Tom Telesco getting a young Pro Bowl-caliber guard for an aging Okung is high on the list.

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