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LA Chargers: 3 players that may have overstayed their welcome

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Some LA Chargers players arguably should have left the team by now.

The LA Chargers have a relatively young roster and one that does not have any long-lasting veterans. The oldest players on the team are Slyvester Williams and Linval Joseph with the longest-tenured Charger being Melvin Ingram.

Despite a relatively young roster, there are still some players that we could argue have overstayed their welcome LA. In the game of football, where teams are always shifting direction and finding new talents, it is a bit surprising that these players are still on the Bolts roster.

Shoutout to our FanSided sister site, Inside the Iggles, who supplied the inspiration for this article.

1. Sam Tevi, who might START for the LA Chargers at left tackle

When head coach Anthony Lynn said that Sam Tevi was in the driver’s seat for the starting left tackle position every Charger fan in the world should have groaned. Sam Tevi has proven that he is not made to be a starting offensive lineman, particularly at the most important position on the offensive line.

Tevi posted a 59.8 overall grade on Pro Football Focus last season, 52.3 the year before and 56.5 the year before that. Tevi ranked fifth in the league in sacks allowed (eight) in 2018, despite ranking 34th in offensive snaps players and ranked fifth again last season (eight) while ranking 50th in offensive snaps played.

Tevi is not a great tackle and with the offseason additions and the team seemingly liking Trey Pipkins, you could absolutely argue that the Chargers do not even need Tevi for depth.

The team has two backup tackles in Trenton Scott and Storm Norton. While they might not project to be much better than Tevi, Tevi has had his chances and has failed.

Unless he is going to have a massive turnaround and make me look absolutely foolish (which I would love, don’t get me wrong) then Tyrod Taylor is going to get a lot of pressure coming at him from his blindside.