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LA Chargers: The most surprising players from 2020

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Denzel Perryman #52 and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackle Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Denzel Perryman #52 and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackle Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Most surprising LA Chargers: Tyron Johnson

Tyron Johnson was not expected to be anywhere close to as good as he was in 2020. Not only did Johnson surprise Charger fans, but he got better and better as the year went along. By the end of the season, most Charger fans were comfortable in Johnson’s presence in the receiving corps in the future.

Johnson started turning heads as a deep-ball target for Justin Herbert but proved that he was more than just a speedy deep-ball option. Johnson’s best stretch was in back-to-back games against the Atlanta Falcons and Las Vegas Raiders.

In those two games Johnson combined for nine catches on 12 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Johnson finished the 2020 season with 398 receiving yards on 20 receptions with three touchdowns.

It may not be huge numbers but it is certainly much better than we expected heading into the season and at 24 years old, Johnson has a lot of potential to develop into a legitimate target for Justin Herbert in the future.

And of course, there is a Bolt Beat tweet for this one where I once again had to eat crow and look ridiculous in the process.

I’M AN IDIOT https://t.co/YhaP39H8lb

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) October 4, 2020

(This was after Herbert connected with Johnson on a 53-yard touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

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