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LA Chargers: 4 potential breakout players for the 2021 season

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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Uchenna Nwosu and Joey Bosa
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Uchenna Nwosu and Joey Bosa
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4. Kenneth Murray

Lastly is the 2020 first-round pick Kenneth Murray. Murray was acquired with the 23rd pick after the Chargers traded up with New England Patriots to select him.

After starting inside linebacker Drue Tranquill suffered a broken ankle in week one that sidelined him for the entire season, Kenneth Murray had to step and mature much more quickly than the team hoped.

After playing a solid role in his rookie campaign and earning himself a spot on the 2020 PWFA All-Rookie team, Kenneth Murray looks to lead the linebacker corps heading into 2021.

tough, @KennethMurray. pic.twitter.com/bekVkMG4p2

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) May 21, 2021

In his first year in the NFL, Kenneth Murray led the team with 107 tackles. Also notching up 5 tackles for loss and 3 passes defended.

Kenneth Murray and Drue Tranquill are both primed for breakout years in Staley’s defense. With Murray’s impact as a rookie and Tranquill’s expected jump in production; the Chargers look to have a very impressive, young linebacker trio with those two along with Kyzir White (White being the oldest at 25).

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If there is any coach that can get the most out of not only Kenneth Murray, but this whole linebacker trio in general, Brandon Staley seems to fit the bill.

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