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CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Trey Pipkins #79 of the Los Angeles Chargers before playing the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 3, 2019 in Carson, California. Chargers won 26-11. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Trey Pipkins #79 of the Los Angeles Chargers before playing the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 3, 2019 in Carson, California. Chargers won 26-11. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers right guard:

Trai Turner

Unlike left tackle, there’s not much debate with the right guard spot. Turner was a bold acquisition for the Chargers in the offseason, and he was an absolute steal considering that all they had to give up was Okung.

Since 2015, Turner has made the Pro Bowl in five straight seasons. He’s miles better than any guard the Chargers have had in a while. Jeromey Clary was probably the last solid guard the Chargers had, but even he wasn’t Pro Bowl-caliber.

Some will point out that Turner is coming off of a down year, but there are a few things to think about there. The Panthers were troubled when it came to injuries on the offensive line and the starting quarterback situation was bad. It’s tough for an offensive line to adjust to circumstances like that, especially when they were working with Cam Newton throughout the whole offseason.

Even with a slight decrease in overall and pass blocking PFF grade in 2019, he outclasses the other guards on the team by quite a bit. Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney, or any potential guard convert on the team don’t have the pass blocking skills that Turner has.

The Chargers’ savviest and most cutthroat move of the offseason was acquiring Turner. The move should pay off in spades, as he’s been better in his career than any guard the Chargers have had in a long time. The factor that concerns me about both guard spots is depth, but when speaking about starters, Turner is only a positive.

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