Things are promising for the LA Chargers ahead of the 2021 season. The Bolts have a new head coach leading the way and the ceiling of this team is naturally high with the high ceiling of second-year quarterback Justin Herbert.
When it comes to pure star power, the Chargers have one of the best rosters in the league. However, the factor that brings the Chargers back down to earth is the depth. This has plagued the team in past years as when certain stars get hurt, the foundation crumbles around them.
Injuries are going to happen. Expecting there to be no injures is just setting up for disappointment. Every team has to deal with injuries and it is how teams respond to injuries that determines their success.
And with the Chargers, there are players with more of an injury risk than others.
The LA Chargers biggest injury risks:
1. Derwin James
This goes without saying. At this point, until he proves otherwise, Derwin James should be considered injury-prone. He has just one full season under his belt, missing 11 games in his second season and missing the entire season in 2021.
Luckily enough, James was just recently cleared for full participation in camp. That is an extremely promising sign as there were no unexpected setbacks and James should absolutely be ready to play in Week 1 against the Washington Football Team.
Having James in this defense is extremely important. The safety position is already thin as it is and his versatility is going to be a critical part in maximizing Brandon Staley’s new defensive vision.
It has been three years since we have seen the best version of James. Charger fans certainly miss it.