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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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5. RT Bryan Bulaga

Coming in at number five is Bryan Bulaga, Iowa. Bulaga was what the Chargers desperately needed. They needed a boost at the tackle spot especially after trading Okung. Bulaga is night and day with tackles like Sam Tevi and Trenton Scott. Comparing him to Tevi, Bulaga ranked 46 spots higher amongst offensive tackles in 2019.

Simply put, Bulaga allows very little pressure from the right side. He ranked 10th in 2018 and 17th in 2019 when it came to the least pressures given up. David Bakhtiari was pretty much neck and neck with him for the best tackle on the team.

It’s unknown as to exactly why Green Bay chose to let Bulaga walk, but the LA Chargers certainly got a steal. $10 million a year for the best tackle on the market is a relatively small price to pay. Match-ups against the quality defensive lines of the Chiefs or Broncos will be made at least a little easier with Bulaga.

Another reason people should be high on Bulaga in powder blue is his offensive line coach, James Campen. Campen was the Packers’ offensive line coach from 2007-2018. He knows how to develop offensive lines and specifically knows Bulaga very well too. Reportedly, it was one of the draws for him coming to Los Angeles.

Whether it’s Taylor or someone else, the quarterback of the Chargers will finally have quality right tackle protection.  There should be a lot of excitement around this new offensive line with Bulaga and Turner, as well as some cautious optimism in how Campen could be able to develop a young talent like Trey Pipkins.

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