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LA Chargers: 3 players that must improve to make the playoffs

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1. Michael Davis

If you are a frequent reader here at Bolt Beat then you already know that I am higher than most on Michael Davis heading into next season. Tom Telesco and Anthony Lynn seem to have the same sentiments about Michael Davis as the team did not draft a cornerback in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The consensus belief heading into the draft was that the Chargers would snag an outside corner in the draft that could start right away alongside Casey Hayward with Chris Harris at slot corner. That was not the case.

The team instead decided to double down at receiver and trade their second and third-round pick to move back into the first round to select Kenneth Murray

That leaves Michael Davis and Brandon Facyson as the two players that are likely going to responsible for the other outside cornerback position, with Davis getting more playing time.

Davis showed some really promising signs last season. If you read the article hyperlinked above, you will see that the advanced numbers actually favor Davis and that we should not be overly concerned.

However, there have also been the mistakes that Davis has made in the defense, particularly in the penalty department. That cannot happen as frequently in 2020. If Davis improves from last season then there is not a singular hole in the secondary.

If he plays the same or even plays worse, well, then there is going to be an easy hole for opposing offenses to exploit on the Chargers’ defense.