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LA Chargers: Three players who will disappoint in 2020

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch during a 26-11 Charger win over the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch during a 26-11 Charger win over the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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2. Chris Harris

Chris Harris was a really good signing for the LA Chargers. The team needed another cornerback and particularly needed someone who could play in the slot with Desmond King likely taking the hybrid role that Adrian Phillips had in the defense. That is what makes Harris a good fit.

Harris has thrived in his career in the slot and he certainly is a big name in the NFL, so I would not be shocked if he was viewed as the favorite signing among Charger fans this offseason.

And while Harris makes the team better than it was without it, I would not expect that much out of Harris. I certainly would not expect his All-Pro form to return and I do not think that he will be much better than a slightly above-average corner for the Chargers.

There is nothing wrong with that and that is really all the team needs out of the signing, but that definitely would be a disappointment based on current expectations.

The fact of the matter is that Harris is going into his age 31 season and is coming off of the worst year of his career. Age really does matter for positions such as cornerbacks and we have alarming signs that Harris’ best days are behind him.

Harris posted a 66.8 coverage rating on Pro Football Focus last season, which is the worst coverage rating that he has had in his entire career. Not only that, but he also had the second-highest reception percentage of his career behind his rookie season. 69.1 percent of passes targeted at Harris were receptions.

Harris ranked 59th in the league last season in coverage rating and of the 30 corners in the league that played in at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps, he had the second-highest reception percentage.

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