Third LA Chargers offensive question: Is Trey Pipkins ready?
The LA Chargers were diligent in the offseason in improving the offensive line. The Bolts traded Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers for Trai Turner while also signing long-time Packers right tackle, Bryan Bulaga.
The team also hired long-time Packers offensive line coach, James Campen, who was responsible for the great offensive line that blocked in front of Aaron Rodgers for most of the decade. The team invested in improving what has been its biggest issue in recent years.
The interior offensive line has its questions (such as who will start between Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp) but the biggest question on the offensive line is not if someone is going to start, but if they are ready.
All signs are pointing to Trey Pipkins being the team’s starting left tackle next season. If they were going to sign Jason Peters they probably would have done it by now and I would rather have Pipkins there than Sam Tevi or Trenton Scott.
I like Pipkins as a developmental prospect and I think he could be a really solid offensive tackle when he is ready. However, last year he was thrust into a situation that he was not ready for and while he had good moments, he also made some mistakes that allowed pressure.
Whether or not Pipkins is ready to be a starting left tackle in the NFL is going to have huge ramifications on the LA Chargers season.