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2. Matt Barkley
Matt Barkley actually played one snap against the LA Chargers this season. Josh Allen went to the sideline with what was an extremely minor injury and in that one snap, Joey Bosa slipped through the offensive line like butter and obliterated Barkley before he could even look upfield.
Hopefully, he is not taking that personally and spurns the LA Chargers as he does not want to get sacked by Bosa over and over in practice.
Barkley would be a really solid veteran to bring in behind Justin Herbert while the Chargers are the perfect destination for Barkley at this stage in his career. He is going to be a backup no matter where he goes, but the Chargers offer something that only the Rams can match.
Being back home.
Barkley attended USC, was born in Newport Beach and played high school football at Mater Dei in Santa Ana. Mater Dei is a mere four miles from the Los Angeles Chargers Hoag Performance Center.
Barkley would be a good veteran to bring in behind Hebert as he just witnessed the extreme growth of Josh Allen as a player. While a lot of people deserve credit before Barkley, he had to have played even the most minor of roles in that progression.
The Chargers did not hire Brian Daboll to be the team’s head coach, but perhaps they can still get some of the impact he would have brought by signing Matt Barkley.