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LA Chargers: 5 potential concerns for the 2021 season

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The LA Chargers’ safety depth

The LA Chargers opted not to take a safety until the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft, which was very surprising considering the status of the position. Many expected the Chargers to draft a safety earlier in the draft to not only add depth but give Brandon Staley three safeties that he could play in a rotation.

Mark Webb is not going to add anything more than special teams and there is a legitimate path that leads to the safety position being a massive hole on the roster.

Derwin James is fantastic but it is absolutely fair to call him injury-prone at this stage. Could he overcome it? Absolutely, but he has not played a full season, let alone half a season, since his rookie year in 2018.

Nasir Adderley has been terrible through two years and the hope is that him being healthy and getting an actual preseason (with a coaching change) can help. The team’s third safety is Alohi Gilman, a sixth-round pick who is completely unproven.

The Chargers very well could sign a veteran safety like they did last season with Jahleel Addae but they are not going to get a great option by going that route. Regardless, the depth of the position is certainly worth questioning and is concerning.

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