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LA Chargers: 3 players who benefitted the most from free agency

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers pitches the ball to avoid a sack from defensive end Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers pitches the ball to avoid a sack from defensive end Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Justin Herbert

This is obvious. The number one thing the LA Chargers were going to do this offseason was find a way to protect Justin Herbert. That is why the team should take a tackle, and not best player available.

I would not care if the Chargers had a high school junior varsity cornerback starting in the slot. The most important thing for the long-term success of this team is protecting Justin Herbert and making sure last season was an anomaly.

It is so much more than just getting pressured. Yes, he was great under pressure last season, but the more and more hits you get the more likely you are to be injured, obviously. And while athletes are coming back from injuries like never before, the Chargres can seriously hamper the long-term ceiling of Herbert if they let him get pressured as much as they did last season.

Brandon Staley recognizes this and the Chargers have undergone a complete overhaul on the offenisve line. Bryan Bulaga will be the only remaining player at right tackle with Aboushi currently slated to likely play right guard, Linsley to play center, Feiler to play left guard and (hopefully) a first-round tackle to play left tackle.

According to Pro Football Focus, Feiler, Linsley and Aboushi allowed a combined 31 pressures in 1,411 pass-blocking snaps played (2.2%). Dan Feeney, Forrest Lamp and Trai Turner allowed a combined 90 pressures in 1,801 pass-blocking snaps played (5%).

The three new offensive linemen that the Chargers brought in have allowed pressures at less than half the rate. That is a monstrous upgrade, even if Feiler and Aboushi are not the biggest names.

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