Weakest areas of the LA Chargers depth chart: #1 Interior offensive line
You could probably flip-flop the interior offensive line and offensive tackle and I would be fine with it, but personally, I think the interior offensive line of the Chargers is the weakest point of the depth chart. I do think that the team made it better and it will hopefully play better, but it is still the weakest with the most questions.
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The biggest addition that the Chargers made was trading Russell Okung for Trai Turner, which on the surface, appears to be a great addition. Turner is a five-time Pro Bowler, which means he is elite, right?
Well, his advanced numbers are a bit concerning and give us a peek into why the Panthers wanted to trade away him and his salary to begin with. According to Pro Football Focus, Turner had a 63.9 overall blocking grade, a 65.1 pass-blocking grade, a 58.4 run-blocking grade and six total sacks allowed, the second-most in the league.
The hope is that he can rebound and play up to his potential, but those certainly are numbers that should make us think twice about him being a lock to be a massive upgrade to the offensive line.
Mike Pouncey and Scott Quessenberry are two solid centers and while Pouncey is cleared to play, there could be an impact on his performance caused by his neck injury. That is something we have to wait and see.
The left guard position is where it gets shaky. The optimistic way to look at it is that Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney will bring the best out of each other in a battle for the position. However, it is more likely that they play just as they have this far in their career, which is mediocre.
Could the interior offensive line ball out and be much better than expected? Absolutely, I would not be shocked. However, that is not a guarantee and because of all the question marks, it has to be regarded as the weakest point of an overall solid LA Chargers depth chart.