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LA Chargers midseason: Five positives of the 2020 season so far

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down field during a 31-26 Las Vegas Raiders win at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down field during a 31-26 Las Vegas Raiders win at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

While the LA Chargers have gotten off to an unfortunate 2-6 start, there is still a lot to like about the 2020 season at the midway point.

The record indicates otherwise, but the LA Chargers definitely have some positives to take note of from the 2020 season. One of the obvious ones that will appear on this list later is the explosion of Justin Herbert, but there is more to like just him when you scratch past the surface.

Forrest Lamp’s unexpected resurgence

If we were giving out a Chargers’ comeback player of the year award, it would go to Forrest Lamp. Health prevented Lamp from getting his career off the ground in Los Angeles. In his rookie season, he tore his ACL prior to the season even starting. As a result, he was mostly a healthy scratch in 2018. A broken fibula would end Lamp’s 2019 season after he played in seven games.

The expectation for Lamp this year was just to stay healthy as a backup guard. Mike Pouncey‘s hip injury changed his career trajectory and gave him another chance to start on the offensive line. I didn’t have high expectations, but it’s almost undeniable that Lamp has been the best offensive lineman on the team.

Lamp has allowed zero sacks and just 12 pressures. Compared to 2019, that’s just two more pressures on 449 more snaps. His pass blocking is night and day compared with his previous NFL snaps.

From game to game, his run blocking has improved as well. Once thought of as someone who had no chance of coming back in the 2021 season, Lamp might’ve played his way into becoming the most important Chargers’ free agent.

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