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LA Chargers: Five weakest positions of the Chargers depth chart

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes while Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers drops back to pass and Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers blocks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes while Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers drops back to pass and Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers blocks during a preseason NFL football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. The Seattle Seahawks won 23-15. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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Weakest areas of the LA Chargers depth chart: #3 Defensive tackle

The LA Chargers did add to the defensive tackle position in the offseason, which does help its standing heading into the 2020 season. The team signed Linval Joseph to replace Brandon Mebane and Joseph should instantly be an improvement from Mebane at nose tackle.

However, I am less bullish on Joseph than other fans are. While he is undoubtedly an upgrade and is absolutely a good signing, I just don’t expect him to significantly improve the defensive tackle position as he is getting up in age and is starting to see a slow regression.

Justin Jones is decent but he definitely leaves more to be deserved and the true wild card of whether or not the defensive tackle position can succeed is Jerry Tillery. The Chargers made a surprising selection of Tillery in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and he has yet to prove that he was worth the seleciton.

Tillery was really hit or miss last season and did really get that much playing time. While he showed brief exciting flashes, he failed to put it all together and there definitely is a portion of the fanbase that already thinks that he has bust potential.

It is too early to give up on Tillery and if he can make a big jump in year two then one of the Chargers’ weakest areas of the depth chart will turn into a pretty talented one. That is a big if, though.

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