The starting offensive line in 2021 looks to be in great shape and could be the best offensive line the LA Chargers have had in a decade. Corey Linsley was the best center in the league last season, Matt Feiler is above-average at guard and Rashawn Slater will hopefully provide, at worst, an average left tackle presence in year one.
If Bryan Bulaga is healthy and the best man wins out between Oday Aboushi and Brenden Jaimes at the final guard spot then the Chargers are in great shape. However, as we should know by now, injuries are inevitable in the NFL and there will be games where the Bolts are missing part of their starting offensive line.
The tackle position worries me if either Slater or Bulaga go down. They do have the versatility of playing Feiler at tackle and starting Jaimes at guard, which is fine, but Feiler was not that great at tackle and I would rather him play to the best of his abilities at guard.
That leaves Trey Pipkins or Storm Norton as the options to come in as the team’s swing tackle. While there is depth there, it is hard to be in love with those options.
We have to be realistic: the Chargers are obviously not going to get elite play out of a backup tackle. However, would it still benefit the team to bring in a veteran tackle for cheap that is still on the market? Absolutely. Nothing wrong with more competition in camp.