3. Kenneth Murray
Look, there is no denying that Kenneth Murray played very poorly last season. Murray tweaked his ankle during training camp and re-aggravated the injury during the season. That injury was far more serious than fans ever realized as Murray recently had offseason surgery on said ankle.
Combine that with the fact that the Chargers drafted Murray to be a traditional MIKE linebacker in Gus Bradley's system only for the team to completely turn over the coaching staff and introduce an entirely new defense that did not fit Murray's play style. It is not hard to see why Murray struggled so much in year two.
Will Murray ever be worth the second and third-round pick that the Chargers traded to get him? Probably not. However, there is still potential for him to be much better than he was last season and live up to some of that potential that we were all raving about before the 2022 season.
Murray reminds me a lot of Nasir Adderley. Adderley had an injury-plagued rookie season and then went into year two without a true training camp or preseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, with a normal offseason and a new defense, Adderley blossomed into the safety we always knew he could be in year three.
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I completely understand if fans are cold on Murray and do not buy into the idea of him turning the ship around. He did not do much to earn that trust in 2021. That being said, I believe there is a good chance of Murray surprising a lot of people in 2022.