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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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3. Kyzir White

Kyzir White did not have as big of a breakout season as Charger fans were expecting in 2019 but he still had a really solid season and has emerged as a really solid cover linebacker for the LA Chargers.

As a former safety, White fits in really well in the Chargers’ defense because of his versatility and athleticism, which allows him to be above-average in the pass-defense department. White posted a 67.5 coverage grade on Pro Football Focus last season, which is pretty solid for a second-year linebacker that used to be a safety.

White is only going to get better with another offseason behind him and while so many other players are getting the attention on defense, I really like White’s potential to have a breakout season and shock the fans. He is not going to be a Pro Bowl linebacker or anything but I think he can be really important for the defense without Derwin James.

White only played in 38 percent of the defensive snaps last season and I would expect that to jump to somewhere in the 60 percent range.

The former fourth-round pick has potential and we all know it, we were all just a year too early on predicting his breakout season. So while he still won’t be the most impactful linebacker on the team, I really like his chances to be much better than expected.

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