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Offensive Line (10): Bryan Bulaga, Storm Norton, Matt Feiler, Brenden Jaimes, Corey Linsley, Scott Quessenberry, Oday Aboushi, Tyree St. Louis, Trey Pipkins, Rashawn Slater
From right to left, the opening day offensive line looks like it will be Bryan Bulaga, Oday Aboushi, Corey Linsley, Matt Feiler, and Rashawn Slater. That’s a drastic improvement over what the Chargers had last year to say the least.
There are a few things to consider when it comes to their backups. NFL teams traditionally tend to carry nine linemen, but the Chargers did carry 10 heading into Week 1 last season. I lean towards the Chargers keeping 10 this year primarily because of Bulaga’s injuries in the 2020 season. It’s a bit of a stretch to describe him as injury prone per se, but he was unlucky with upper body injuries and illness last year.
Trey Pipkins and Storm Norton slot in as backup tackles. For whatever it’s worth, Tom Telesco is still “bullish” on Pipkins. Norton was one of the best performing linemen on the team in 2020. Fifth-round pick Brenden Jaimes has flexibility at the pro level on the inside and outside. At the Senior Bowl, Jaimes played guard and tackle.
Scott Quessenberry is an easy pick for backup center as many believed that he should’ve been playing over Dan Feeney last season anyway. He was analytically graded higher than him in quite a few categories from the 2019 season.
Those 9 should all make the team barring an injury or surprise UDFA. I’m still conflicted on whether the Chargers will keep 9 or 10, but I opted to bring back Tyree St. Louis here. The Chargers tendered him back in March and he does have some OL versatility. Hopefully he doesn’t have to play, but it’s not a complete disaster if he does. St. Louis allowed two pressures on 80 snaps last season.