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LA Chargers: 3 biggest disappointments from training camp thus far

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1. Sam Tevi likely being the starting left tackle

If you follow my work here at Bolt Beat then you know that I am not happy about Sam Tevi being the starting left tackle for the LA Chargers in 2020. It is not official that Tevi will start but head coach Anthony Lynn has said that he is in the driver’s seat and all signs point to him being the guy in Week 1.

That is a disaster. There is no point in beating around the bush on this one. Tevi has been a far-below-average tackle in his NFL career and is not worthy of protecting the quarterback’s blindside. Tevi has ranked eighth in sacks allowed in each of the last two years despite ranking 34th and 50th in total snaps played.

This is a sign of a bigger issue for the LA Chargers that the offensive line might not make the improvements that every fan was hoping for this offseason. While the team does not have great options, I would be much more comfortable with the developing Trey Pipkins or even giving the XFL standout, Storm Norton, a chance.

Maybe that would have happened in the Chargers had actual preseason games and there is still time for the team to come to its senses and put Tevi where he belongs: lower on the depth chart.

Heck, they briefly showed Melvin Ingram attacking the offensive line in the latest episode of “Hard Knocks” and Tevi legitimately looked like he was a JV player compared to Ingram. Yes, Ingram is great, but that is worrisome.