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LA Chargers: Bolt Beat’s 2020 season predictions roundtable

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball of to Austin Ekeler #30 during the Los Angeles Chargers Training Camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex on August 20, 2020 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball of to Austin Ekeler #30 during the Los Angeles Chargers Training Camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex on August 20, 2020 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The staff at Bolt Beat predicts some of the key results and events of the 2020 season for the Los Angeles Chargers.

With the 2020 NFL season starting today, the BoltBeat crew got together to do a Q&A on the LA Chargers‘ season. Who will be the team MVP in 2020? How many games does Tyrod Taylor play? Any upset wins?

1. Who will be the LA Chargers’ MVP in 2020?

Faustino FelixJoey Bosa. Without Derwin James, Bosa is the clear leader of what should be a stout defense. I think he will have a career year with 15+ sacks. The addition of Linval Joseph plus Justin Jones’ development should help the star defensive end. A decrease in offensive turnovers for the Chargers would create more sack opportunities by not playing from behind as often as in 2019.

Steven HaglundBryan Bulaga. Yes I know, Keenan Allen and Joey Bosa are probably the team’s best players. But the right tackle position for the Chargers has been awful ever since Jeromey Clary retired. Bryan Bulaga is still a high-level player at his position and he was easily the biggest offseason upgrade on the roster for me. I am fully expecting a great season from the former Iowa standout.

Devon Auriemma: Keenan Allen. Even though we don’t know how the offense will look with a new quarterback under center, what we do know is that Allen is one of the league’s best route runners and can get open with ease. I fully expect Allen to have a ton of targets coming his way this season.

Alexander Insdorf: Joey Bosa. As Faustino mentioned, Joseph is a huge acquisition for the interior. The Chargers have desperately needed more interior presence in the Melvin Ingram-Bosa era. I think he sets personal records in sacks, QB hits, and tackles for loss  if he stays healthy.

Jason Reed: Joey Bosa. It is a toss-up between him and Allen but I have Bosa having a career-year in 2020. He is entering his prime and will be in the discussion for defensive player of the year.

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