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LA Chargers roster: Ranking the linebackers by 2020 impact

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 21: Kenneth Murray #56 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Drue Tranquill #49 square off for a drill during Los Angeles Chargers Training Camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex on August 21, 2020 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 21: Kenneth Murray #56 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Drue Tranquill #49 square off for a drill during Los Angeles Chargers Training Camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex on August 21, 2020 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Which linebacker on the LA Chargers roster will be the most impactful in 2020?

The LA Chargers roster is officially set as the team cut 26 players this past weekend to get the roster trimmed down to 53 players right in time for Week 1.

There were some surprise cuts by Tom Telesco and company, but for the most part, the roster went as most fans expected. The final linebacker count on the roster is seven, although we are not counting Uchenna Nwosu as a linebacker for the sake of this article, as he falls into the defensive end mold.

The Chargers’ linebacker room is one of the most interesting position groups on the roster as there are several new faces. Kenneth Murray and Nick Vigil are in while the team released Thomas Davis.

Which of the backers will step up and have the biggest impact? Let’s rank them.

6. Emeke Egbule

Emeke Egbule appeared in 15 games for the LA Chargers last season and was mostly a special teams player and that is what his role is going to be yet again in 2020. Egbule only played 21 total defensive snaps all last season but played in 180 special teams snaps, or 43 percent of the team’s total.

Egbule is not some special teams player that is going to blow you away but he is a solid asset in that facet of the game that has been retained on the roster for a reason. If he is playing many snaps on defense then the Chargers are probably in trouble, but on special teams, he is more than capable of making a few big tackles throughout the season to make his presence known.

There is a big gap between Egbule and number five on this list. But hey, at least Egbule is still impactful in some regard.

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