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LA Chargers: 5 things we learned about the Bolts this offseason

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The LA Chargers have faith in Trey Pipkins as the starting left tackle

Charger fans might not want to hear this, but the starting left tackle job is likely Trey Pipkins to lose in 2020. While the team has implied that there will be a battle for the position, it is likely going to go to Pipkins.

The Chargers selected Pipkins as a developmental tackle prospect in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft and are buying in on his development. Pipkins is raw, but has all makings of being a great left tackle, there is just worries about the hiccups being too large to overcome.

Pipkins was thrust into a role that he was not ready for last season and he made quite a few mistakes, leading to some big sacks. Granted, he put together some really good film as well, but the mistakes were obvious.

Instead of giving Pipkins more time to develop the Chargers seem to be all-in on him starting in 2020 and I would much rather prefer him than Sam Tevi.

The reason we know that the Chargers are high on Pipkins is the fact that the team did not sign Jason Peters (who eventually returned to the Eagles to play guard) to be the starting left tackle in 2020.

That would have been a great situation on paper; a veteran left tackle to not only provide above-average reps but mentor a young, developing tackle.

Instead, we are going to see a lot of Trey Pipkins in 2020. I personally am optimistic that he will do well but that is far from a guarantee.

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