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LA Chargers: Five bold player predictions for the 2020 season

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a first down catch during the first quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a first down catch during the first quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

What bold things can we expect from the LA Chargers this season?

Training camp is just a week away for the LA Chargers and the season starts in just over 50 days. It’s hard to say how the season will go in a year that’s very different for the Chargers with an overhauled team, especially at quarterback.

Making picks and predictions might also be more difficult in a year where the offseason has been cut by the coronavirus pandemic. There are some educated guesses we can make though.

Tyrod Taylor will start all 16 games.

Tyrod Taylor is still heavily debated amongst Chargers fans. Many don’t trust him with the starting role, and it’s easy to see why when he hasn’t started since 2017. At the same time, Taylor has put together some solid seasons. As long as he doesn’t turn over the ball to the extent Philip Rivers did and can bring a little bit of mobility to the table, he’ll be fine.

This prediction has less to do with Taylor and more to do with Justin Herbert. How many games Taylor plays is all about how ready Herbert is to take the field. As of now, it’s hard to see how anyone could be very confident with no rookie minicamp, no OTAs, and likely no preseason.

Herbert will get a chance in training camp, but the organization has continued to stress the idea of patience with him since the moment he was drafted. He’s not one of those quarterbacks that’s ready to take the reigns immediately. I wouldn’t call him a project either, but he falls somewhere in the middle between project and starter.

Taylor also has a pretty solid roster around him with a favorable schedule in the first half of the season. Chargers fans may be excited to see their quarterback of the future, but it feels like they’re going to have to wait until 2021 with Herbert having to develop under the current circumstances.

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