LA Chargers who are playing for their jobs: Sam Tevi
One of the few positives from the 2020 season for the LA Chargers is the performance of Sam Tevi. While Tevi still has not been great and does still have holes in his game, he has been better than expected and has not been the absolute disaster that we thought he could be.
Tevi is a free agent after this season and if he can keep up his current level of play, or even play better, then he will absolutely be re-signed by the LA Chargers. While the team should draft a tackle to start on the left side, bringing Tevi back will be big for the team’s depth.
Unfortunately, if Tevi puts together a few bad performances to end the season then I think the team will probably let him walk and trust on Trey Pipkins to be the team’s swing tackle, which is not ideal.
I am past the point of touting Pipkins’ potential. He has been woefully bad every single time he plays and I do not think there is going to be a magic switch that is flipped in year three. But hey, Tevi got better, maybe Pipkins can too.
Having Tevi as the team’s swing tackle is not a terrible outlook. He has experience on both sides of the offensive line and is a much better option than Pipkins is.
Charger fans should hope that Tevi plays well over these last four weeks not just for the sake of Justin Herbert, but so he can convince the team to re-sign him as a depth option and not let him walk away.