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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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7. CB Chris Harris

New Charger Chris Harris was just named to the Hall of Fame’s 2010s All-Decade Team. Harris has been a beast ever since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent. In addition to his nomination to the All-Decade Team, he probably deserves an award for how much of a pain he’s been against the Chargers for a decade.

What Harris brings to the Chargers is real stability at the cornerback position. The last few years have been challenging in terms of finding a real cornerback who can play next to Casey Hayward. The Chargers thought they had their answer with Trevor Williams.

He was terrific in 2017 and decent in 2018. A knee injury ultimately derailed his career here as he was released from the injured reserve. Then it was up to Brandon Facyson and Michael Davis to try to save the position, which had mixed results.

Harris will also be playing in the slot as opposed to the outside. This is where his peak efficiency will be shown. Denver didn’t have the option to put him in the slot because they had to have him on the outside due to a lack of depth.  Even if Davis is still playing cornerback opposite Hayward, Harris being on the field in the slot will have a really noticeable effect. In 2017 and 2018, Harris allowed the lowest passer rating in the league from the slot.

He’s also a rock-solid tackler, which helps given the Chargers’ missed tackle problems last year. Harris has 518 tackles for his career and averages more than 50 every year. Even if not quite as good in coverage as he was in his prime, he can still tackle better than most of the Chargers’ defense.

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