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LA Chargers: Shaq Barrett and the 5 keys to beating the Buccaneers

TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chases Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chases Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Don’t overlook the Bucs’ secondary

Last season, the Buccaneers simply didn’t have a good secondary. Tampa Bay ranked 19th in PFF‘s end of the season coverage grades in 2019. I still don’t think this is a secondary to be overly concerned about, but the Chargers shouldn’t overlook the potential either.

Carlton Davis did a great job against Michael Thomas in Week 1. In Week 2, he was catching interceptions and making great tackles. He’s young, but he looks to be coming into his own. Keenan Allen might be the toughest test of his career, but so far this season he’s shown he’s up to the task.

Sean Murphy-Bunting stepped up towards the end of 2019, having quite a few games graded by PFF as elite. He’s not the best tackler, but he’s still developing. Like Davis, Murphy-Bunting is another up and coming corner.

Even when Murphy-Bunting was out for large portions of the Denver game dealing with a hamstring injury, Jamel Dean can still pose problems for opposing offenses.

The trio of 23-year-olds should not be underestimated by the Chargers. In addition to their skills, the Bolts are thin at receiver. Mike Williams is out for this game with an injury, which is a massive blow unless K.J. Hill, Jalen Guyton, or Joe Reed are able to step up sufficiently.

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