The LA Chargers have improved this offseason with several different acquisitions but so has the rest of the AFC West. The only team that did not make any major moves was the Kansas City Chiefs, as they are already atop the throne, but the LA Chargers, Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders all made tangible improvements to the roster.
Thus, there are some new faces in the AFC West that the Chargers have to worry about moving forward. That is not to say that the Chargers won’t overcome or neutralize these new players, but they do bring a new dynamic to the division that should be taken note.
Four new players in the AFC West that the LA Chargers should worry about:
1. A.J. Bouye, Denver Broncos
You might not view the Denver Broncos’ acquisition of A.J. Bouye as a big deal. After all, Bouye had the worst season of his career last year and was worse than the player that the Broncos lost to the LA Chargers, Chris Harris.
That is true. Harris had a much better coverage rating than Bouye, despite being the worst of his career as well, as Bouye finished 137th among corners in pass coverage rating, according to Pro Football Focus.
However, Bouye is still a very naturally gifted cornerback who is turning 29 this season. All it takes is for him to get into a new defensive scheme and Bouye could re-emerge as a Pro Bowl-caliber corner.
Heck, Marcus Peters is the perfect example of this. Peters was great early in his career, was just okay during his tenure with the Los Angeles Rams but once he moved to a better defense with a scheme that better fit his playstyle in Batlimore he returned to that elite cornerback from his Kansas City days.
Denver has a solid defense, definitely better than Jacksonville’s last season, and chances are we will see a version of Bouye that is closer to how he played with the Jaguars’ defense led them to the AFC Championship Game.