LA Chargers News

LA Chargers: 5 steps to return to the playoffs in 2021

Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn speaks with quarterback Justin Herbert (10) against the Las Vegas Raiders during overtime at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn speaks with quarterback Justin Herbert (10) against the Las Vegas Raiders during overtime at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 5
Next
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

4. Re-sign Michael Davis and Rayshawn Jenkins and draft a cornerback high in the draft

I said that the LA Chargers should spend 2-3 of their first four picks on offensive linemen and the other need that should be addressed that early on should be the cornerback position. That has been the biggest hole on the defense and it absolutely has to be addressed before the team drafts an edge rusher or receiver.

There is the possibility of cutting Casey Hayward or Chris Harris as well as both guys are paid eight-figures next season and can be cut with relatively low dead cap hits. Even if the Chargers keep both guys, they have to inject some youth into the position.

That should not be the only way they address the secondary, though. The LA Chargers have two unrestricted free agents next offseason that have to be re-signed. Michael Davis has taken a big step forward and is important to bring back as the team’s speedster CB2 option.

Rayshawn Jenkins had a poor game against Las Vegas on Thursday Night Football but was playing really solid in the second half of the season prior. Re-signing him to play alongside Derwin James is an exciting prospect and is certainly a better option than trusting Nasir Adderley, who has been bad this season.

Don’t ignore the secondary. Helping Herbert has to be the number one priority but not addressing the secondary could simply lead to another season just like this season.

facebooktwitterreddit