2. Dan Feeney
Dan Feeney is entering his fourth season in the NFL and there were not high expectations for him heading into the season. Feeney has always just been a mediocre guard in the NFL and at this point in his career it was not unfair to expect him to just be more of the same.
However, Feeney was thrust into being the team’s starting center in Week 1 with Mike Pouncey out and is now going to be the starting center all season long with Pouncey undergoing hip surgery.
I did not expect Feeney to be as good as he has been thus far but he has really been a pleasant surprise for the Chargers thus far. He was solid in Week 1 against the Bengals and then really took a step up in Week 2 against the Chiefs.
While guys like Trai Turner were getting dominated by Chris Jones, Feeney was performing really well and did not allow many pressures on Justin Herbert, if any.
Being forced to move Feeney back to his natural center position and allowing him to block in a zone-blocking scheme — which was implemented by new offensive line coach James Campen — has been a blessing in disguise for the Chargers in 2020.