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LA Chargers: Four reasons to re-sign Melvin Ingram

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers participates in warm ups before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers participates in warm ups before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. It doesn’t make sense to break up the Bosa-Ingram duo.

It doesn’t seem like it makes much football sense in general to break up one of the best pass-rushing duos in the league. Since Bosa joined the Chargers out of Ohio State in 2016, he and Ingram have combined for 72.5 sacks, 99 tackles for loss, and 154 (!!!) quarterback hits. They are just insane as a duo. Only the Broncos’ or Steelers’ pass-rushing duos that they’ve put together in recent years even compare.

Bosa and Ingram have also been racking up numbers and terrorizing offensive lines without a good interior. The Chargers have tried to find good interior depth in recent years, but it just hasn’t paid off. Brandon Mebane was past his prime for most of his years with the team.

How good the acquisition of Linval Joseph ends up being is TBD, but he seems both younger and more athletic than Mebane from watching him in recent years.

In addition to a younger Joseph to the interior, the Chargers also could see second and third-year improvements from Jerry Tillery and Justin Jones. Anthony Lynn has particularly high expectations for the latter.

It would just be weird to break up one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing duos the moment they finally get some interior help. If Joseph draws some double teams from the offensive line and Jones shows himself at least capable of doing that on occasion, you’re looking at a potential 25+ sack season for Bosa-Ingram.

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