2. Sam Tevi, who has been named the unofficial starting left tackle for the LA Chargers
This one is a bit cheating as Sam Tevi has not even been named as the official starting left tackle on the LA Chargers. However, head coach Anthony Lynn did say that Tevi is in the driver’s seat at the position, and with no preseason games to prove him wrong, Tevi likely will hold onto the job long enough to start in Week 1.
He should not lose it much after that. I don’t care how you splice it up or try and look at the glass half-full — Sam Tevi is not a starting-caliber tackle. Combine that with the fact that he is moving from the right side to the left and this is a disaster waiting to happen.
Tevi has consistently ranked near the top of the league in sacks allowed (eighth in the last two season) despite ranking outside of the top 30 in both years in total snaps played. He is not consistent, gets beat too often on the line and quite frankly, probably should not even be on the roster.
The position will really be up for grabs and it will be between Trey Pipkins and Storm Norton, with the deciding factor being whoever looks better in practice.
While both Norton and Pipkins are huge question marks, I still like both of them to block Taylor’ blindside a lot more than Sam Tevi.