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Four Chargers who could be entering make-or-break years in 2022

A former first round pick back in 2019, defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had his best year as a pro in 2021. Can he take the next step in 2022?
A former first round pick back in 2019, defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had his best year as a pro in 2021. Can he take the next step in 2022? / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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Justin Herbert, Storm Norton
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2. Storm Norton

After signing a one-year tender earlier this offseason, it would appear that the Bolts are very much inclined to give Norton another shot at being their right tackle in 2022. With much being written about the future of the right tackle position for the Chargers, Norton has been their plug-and-play guy the last two seasons.

After appearing in six contests in 2020 with three starts, Norton had a much improved year in 2021 with 15 starts and appearing in all 17 games (although he played on six special teams snaps in Week 17 against Denver).

The former Toledo Rocket filled in admirably after the disastrous Bryan Bulaga signing and while he has struggled at times, there are some great parts about having him on the roster like his availability. 

However, there has been criticism lobbed at Norton, especially against premier pass-rushers like the Raiders’ Maxx Crosby. Even though he has been exposed at times, he did appear in 90% of the Chargers’ offensive snaps last season and has been ready to jump in the lineup when given the chance.

For a positional group that has faced a lot of adversity over time like the Chargers' offensive line, Norton’s presence is stabilizing if not overwhelming. If he can retain his right tackle spot in 2022 even after the draft, Norton will have proved his worth to the Bolts once again and for good.

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