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The LA Chargers biggest injury risks of the 2021 season

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2. Bryan Bulaga

There was a lot of excitement around Bryan Bulaga when the LA Chargers signed him in 2020 and rightfully so. Bulaga was one of the best tackles available in the free-agent market and the front office made a significant move to improve the offensive line.

Things did not go as planned. Bulaga was hurt practically the entire season and when we was healthy he was not even close to being the same player. The injury is to blame for that regression but it is fair to expect there to be some regression in 2021.

Even without being hurt, Bulaga has entered the part of his career where he is very obviously not in his prime. Charger fans should just be rooting for 16 solid games out of Bulaga. This is not to say that he is going to be terrible, but he is probably going to look much more like league average than above average.

The risk of injury is high. Bulaga is entering his age 32 season, which is fairly old for an NFL player, and he has a significant amount of miles on his body. The best offensive linemen in the league showcase longevity, such as Andrew Whitworth, and I am not sure that Bulaga is that level of tackle.

Was he really good for Green Bay? Yes. Was he ever one of the best tackles in the league like Whitworth? No.

The hope is that he can stay healthy because right now there is a legitimate risk that he isn’t in 2021.