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LA Chargers: 4 players that are at risk of becoming busts

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Nasir Adderley #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Nasir Adderley #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers have some players on the roster that are teetering on becoming busts.

No player wants to become a bust — someone who is selected relatively high in the NFL Draft and does not live up to expectations. The LA Chargers have the best example of a draft bust in their franchise history as Ryan Leaf is one of the biggest busts of all-time.

The Chargers do not have any Ryan Leaf-quality busts on the current roster, but there are players that they have recently taken in the NFL Draft that showed a lot of promise that has not yet been realized.

Unless something changes and they are able to right the ship, these four players are in danger of being labeled a bust.

Potential Chargers busts: Nasir Adderley

The LA Chargers selected Nasir Adderley in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and at the time it looked like an absolutely fantastic selection. Adderley profiled as a ball-hawking safety out of college that would fit in nicely next to Derwin James in a talented Chargers’ secondary.

That has not been the case thus far in his career.

Adderley did not really have a rookie season and multiple injuries kept him off the field. Adderley appeared in just four games in 2019, playing a grand total of 10 defensive snaps and 51 special teams snaps.

Then he jumped into year two, which was unlike any other season with a lessened training camp and no preseason games. With James injured again, Adderley was thrust into a significant role alongside Rayshawn Jenkins as the team’s two starting safeties.

Adderley has been really bad this season both in coverage and with his tackling. He was so bad against the Atlanta Falcons that he was benched for Jahleel Addae, of all people.

Adderley needs a strong third season in order to right the ship.

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