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LA Chargers: 3 former active Chargers we wish were on the team in 2020

Sep 27, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Adrian Phillips (21) reacts during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Adrian Phillips (21) reacts during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Adrian Phillips

This one hurts. I would guarantee that 99 percent of fans would say that they wish that Adrian Phillips was still a member of the LA Chargers. Phillips got hurt in 2019, did not play as big of an impact and is already making a big impact on the New England Patriots.

We knew he would. If there is one person in football that appreciates and makes the most out of versatile defensive and special teams players it is Bill Belichick. As sad as it was, Phillips and the Patriots were a match made in heaven.

In three games, Phillips has an interception, a pass defended, 23 combined tackles and a tackle for loss. He has played 69 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps and 36 percent of the special teams snaps. He has a 62.5 overall defensive grade on Pro Football Focus.

That is obviously not the greatest grade in the world but in watching the Patriots you can see how Phillips’ versatility has made the Patriots a better football team.

He would be huge for the Chargers, who are dealing with injuries in the secondary that are forcing Desmond King to have a bigger role. The team is also one more safety injury away from potential disaster.

Having Phillips in there, both to help in the secondary and help make up the special teams loss of Drue Tranquill would be massive.

Some may disagree with the third and final player on this list, but I have my reasoning.

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