LA Chargers’ most experienced players: 1. Linval Joseph, 134 games started
I am going to be honest, when I first thought of this idea I did not expect Linval Joseph to be number one on this list. I certainly knew that he was experienced, but I would have guessed Harris before Joseph. I guess it might just be because I have watched Harris for the entire decade as he was on the Broncos while not really keeping tabs on Joseph in the NFC.
Joseph started his career in 2010 as a second-round draft pick for the New York Giants. Joseph and Bryan Bulaga are tied in the total number of seasons played, as they are the only two members of the Chargers roster to start their career in 2010, but Joseph has been able to stay on the field more, starting in 23 more games than Bulaga.
Joseph actually got a slow start as well as he only appeared in six games in his rookie season and did not start a single one. However, the started job was turned over to him in year two and he never relinquished it with both the Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
Most importantly, especially for the LA Chargers, Joseph is reliable in staying on the field. Joseph played in at least 15 games in seven of his nine seasons since his rookie year, with the two exceptions being a 12-game season in 2015 and a 13-game season last year.
Joseph’s prime is absolutely behind him but he is also a two-time Pro Bowler, earning the nod in both 2016 and 2017.
As long as Joseph can stay healthy then his impact on the Chargers will be huge. Not only will he be very valuable in slowing down the running game, but he will be a fantastic veteran presence for Jerry Tillery to learn from.