Chargers History

LA Chargers: 5 best rookie seasons in Chargers’ history

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Peter Brouillet/NFLPhotoLibrary) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Peter Brouillet/NFLPhotoLibrary) – LA Chargers

4. Marcus McNeill, 2006

Marcus McNeill actually has the highest Approximate Value in one season by a rookie in LA Chargers’ history. McNeill’s 15 AV in his rookie season is better than any player on this list, however, because he is not a skill-position player, he comes in at number four.

It is nothing against the offensive line and McNeill definitely had a massive impact on the Chargers in 2006, but it is easier to get impressed by a great season from a skill position player.

McNeill was also a Pro Bowler in his rookie season with the Chargers after being selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. McNeill would go on to be named to one more Pro Bowl in the 2007 season, albeit he was a great tackle for the entirety of his career.

McNeill represents a better era of Chargers football where the team actually had a good offensive line and it showed in the team’s record. The Bolts went 14-2 in Philip Rivers’ first season as a starter and a huge reason why was the offensive line that not only blocked for Rivers but blocked for LaDainian Tomlinson en route to his record-setting season.

Despite his talent, McNeill’s NFL career was a short one. He retired after just six seasons in the league after being released by the Chargers because of health concerns.

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