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LA Chargers: 5 players who absolutely can’t afford to get hurt

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Head Coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Head Coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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LA Chargers that cannot afford to get hurt: Keenan Allen and/or Mike Williams

We are double-dipping on this one and including both of the top two receivers on the LA Chargers. If the Chargers lose either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams for a significant amount of time in 2020 then the passing game is going to have some hiccups.

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Obviously, the team would not be as affected if Williams was the one that was injured as they would still have their WR1 out there. However, Williams being out would still take away a deep-threat dynamic from the offense that nobody else in the receiving corps can replace.

The Chargers drafted two promising receivers in Joe Reed and K.J. Hill that filled the desperate need for receiver depth, but neither is ready to take Williams’ place in the offense.

It would be far worse if Keenan got hurt. Keenan is probably going to be the one pass-catcher that does not see a dip in production with the quarterback change and that is because he is so good as creating separation and getting open that he will probably become an outlet for Tyrod Taylor.

Mike Williams cannot do the same things that Keenan Allen can and Allen potentially being out of the lineup is going to make an already interesting quarterback transition turn into a really tough one.

And if both guys get hurt, well, I would go as far as to say that the Chargers could just wrap the season up. Obviously, it depends on how long they are hurt, but I just don’t see how the Chargers would score points without their top two receivers and Taylor under center.

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Austin Ekeler would not be extremely hard to replace and it could be doable. Allen and Williams? No chance.

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