LA Chargers: 4 players that are at risk of becoming busts
By Jason Reed
Potential Chargers busts: Trey Pipkins
The LA Chargers selected Trey Pipkins with the 91st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and at the time we all knew that the team had a project tackle on their hands. Pipkins was a raw tackle prospect but his potential to become a starting-caliber left tackle was very intriguing.
That project has proven too hard for the Chargers to complete thus far as Pipkins has not just been bad, he has outright been terrible, especially this season. The promising signs he showed in his rookie year have been wiped away with such a bad second season.
Pipkins was not ready enough to be the team’s starting left tackle and Sam Tevi won the job outright. This was a massive shock, as Tevi was awful the season before (but has actually surprisingly been better this season).
Pipkins has still gotten his fair share of playing time, though, as the Chargers offensive line cannot stay healthy. Bryan Bulaga especially has not been able to stay on the field, opening the door for Pipkins to get playing time.
He has been so bad that Storm Norton has taken over as the team’s swing tackle. Norton had no NFL experience prior to this season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Pipkins has played 319 pass-block snaps this season and has allowed 26 pressures and four sacks. Pipkins ranks 13th in the NFL in total sacks allowed despite ranking 58th in total snaps played.