Breaking down the Chargers biggest roster weaknesses heading into 2024

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The Los Angeles Chargers are starting to gear up toward their first-ever season under infamous head coach Jim Harbaugh.

It feels different. And if anyone can break the seeming curse of this team and failure, it seems like it will be a coach as decorated as Harbaugh who is known to take over the culture of an organization... for good or for worse.

However, it is almost impossible to create the team that a coach wants all in the first year. And one of the biggest concerns that fans have isn't Harbaugh, but simply the amount of resources in cap space and roster weaknesses that the team had when he was hired

Let's review some weak points on this Chargers roster and how to improve them.

Wide receiver is still a weak point for the Chargers

The Chargers currently do not have a single receiver on the roster who was a full-time 17-game starter in the NFL last season.

This far into the offseason, a new wide receiver on the market is unlikely to become available. And while this is a weak spot right now, I think everything can change with new wide receiver Ladd McConkey.

You never want to rely on a second-round pick to be your true number-one receiver in any season. But McConkey truly seems like one of the most underrated picks in the draft, and no other pick seemed to make Jim Harbaugh and Joe Hortiz happier than when they traded up to pick him.

One thing for sure is that this receiver group will look very different from year's past, with true speed at the position.

This will be interesting, as we haven't really seen a speedy Chargers wide receiver core, in maybe over two decades.

We've always seen the likes of receivers like Keenan Allen, Vincent Jackson, and Malcom Floyd who are just different styles of receivers. We've never really seen a speedy core of receivers. And when the organization has tried over the years (Robert Meachum, Stevie Johnson, Travis Benjamin), they just haven't worked out.

However, in comes Ladd McConkey.

The Chargers will rely on McConkey to be a star, and I think he will be. He's the steal of the draft; he's a player that can run the route like an elite receiver and just so happens to run a 4.39 40-yard dash.

He's a player that can take the screen pass to the house. He can play in the slot and out wide. He can make the tough catches. He's everything that a first-round receiver looks like.