LA Chargers: One breakout player from each AFC West foe to worry about

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Denver Broncos’ breakout player that the LA Chargers must worry about: QB Drew Lock

Charger fans probably hate me for having this opinion but I really really like Drew Lock as an NFL quarterback. I actually wrote an article for LA Sports Hub heading into the 2019 NFL Draft campaigning for the Chargers to select Lock to sit behind Philip Rivers for a year.

Lock got his chance at NFL action last season and looked pretty good. The team went 4-1 with him as a starting quarterback and he finished with 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a 64.1 completion percentage. Not terrible for a rookie quarterback in his first five games.

It is too small of a sample size to completely bank on him being a great quarterback in the NFL but I liked him in college and think that he is going to take that next step in 2020. He is not going to be elite, but he is going to be someone who wins games and shows that he is the future of the quarterback position for the Broncos.

The 2020 Broncos give me a lot of the same vibes as the 2017 Rams. They surrounded this young quarterback who got a taste of the NFL last season with a ton of weapons, which is going to make his life easier.

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The offensive line isn’t great but it certainly is not terrible. They ranked 12th in Pro Football Focus’ rankings last season and did not get much worse or better in the offseason.

And while their defense does not stand out on paper, they did make some small improvements and still ranked eighth in points allowed per game and have a defensive-minded head coach that will make the defense overachieve.

At the root of it, though, is going to be Drew Lock and I truly do believe that we are going to see Lock right around 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns this season, similar to Jared Goff’s 2017 season.

This is obviously not good for the Chargers as the Broncos finding their franchise quarterback does not only make them better this year but years beyond as well.