LA Chargers: Ranking the 2020 impact of offseason additions
By Tyler Gallagher
Tenth-highest 2020 impact acquisition: QB Justin Herbert
After drafting Justin Herbert, Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn stated that there will be an open competition at the quarterback position.
While I am sure that Anthony Lynn will start Justin Herbert as soon as he feels that he is ready to start, if all goes well, Justin Herbert should not be starting in 2020.
Tyrod Taylor is an excellent bridge quarterback, and we should see the best version of him this year in an offense that is designed for him with the best supporting cast of his career around him. While the trend with rookie quarterbacks has been to play them early and often, Taylor should be good enough to avoid calls for his job and give Herbert time to develop.
Herbert has all the physical tools needed to be a great NFL quarterback, but he struggled to read defenses at time in college, and that will only get harder in the NFL. Since Herbert is a quarterback and could be called in at any time, he cracks the top ten, but we should not expect him to start much, if at all, in 2020.
Ninth-highest 2020 impact acquisition: WR K.J.Hill
From this point forward, you will be seeing players who should have consistent roles on the 2020 Chargers team.
Although K.J. Hill was a seventh-rounder, nearly everyone, including Hill’s former coach Ryan Day, thought that the Chargers got the steal of the draft by taking Hill in the seventh round.
Although it takes some time for rookie receivers to get acclimated to playing at the NFL level, it should not take long for K.J. Hill to overtake any of the players that the Chargers tried as their third receiver in 2019.
Furthermore, Hill is as polished as any receiver ever drafted this late. Most believe that Hill fell due to a relative lack of speed, but his route running abilities should translate well to the next level.