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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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

8. DE Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram is now the longest-tenured Charger with the departure of Rivers. That feels weird to say, but the 2012 draft pick has been nothing short of great. Sometimes, it feels he’s overshadowed by the other star defensive end on the team in Joey Bosa.

Ingram can still get sacks though. 7-10 sacks a year is probably the range one could expect for 2020. However, Ingram’s game shouldn’t just be defined by sacks. He’s also able to wreak havoc with simple pressures.

He’s averaged about 3-4 per game since 2018. Ingram’s spin move is really what separates him from other edge defenders. It allows him to get significant pressure on dropback passes, and even assists in the running game.

Like some of the other players on this list, Ingram also finds himself in a contract year. The Chargers will have tough decisions to make with all the players up for extensions. Ingram could really go either way depending on the situation. It probably also depends on the development of Uchenna Nwosu in 2020. The Chargers have to walk the fine line of trying to keep Ingram without overpaying him.

Entering the 2020 season, he’ll be 31 years old. While there hasn’t been any real decline in his game yet, the Chargers will be watching him closely. If Ingram starts to decline this year, offering him a three or four-year deal may be harder. As long as he’s not injured like last year with the hamstring, there’s reason expect a career year from him.

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