8. TE Gerald Everett
The first and only Bolts newcomer on this list, Everett signed a two-year contract with the Chargers this offseason after one year with Seattle, his best season as a pro. In 2021, Everett set career-highs in receiving yards (478), receptions (48) and also in receiving touchdowns (4). A playmaker by his own admission, Everett will be taking over for the departed Jared Cook as the main tight end receiving threat.
At a solid six-foot-three and 240 pounds, the South Alabama product will provide some younger legs at that position along with some added physicality. Though Cook was a former Pro Bowler, he had entered his twilight years and was missing a step at certain times.
This should not be the case with younger Everett, who will turn 28 by the time the season opener rolls around. With so many capable receivers on this offense, Everett’s ability to provide consistent blocking along with playmaking ability down the seam will give the Bolts an added dimension if he continues his growth as a pro.
With his contract set for two seasons, it looks that Everett will want to set the tone early and often with the Chargers after having already been with two teams. If he can find a new level with the Bolts, this will be a great find for Los Angeles.
7. LG Matt Feiler
A 16-game starter for L.A. last season, Feiler will be returning as one of the maulers of the offensive line. A consistent starter for the Bolts last year, Feiler appeared in 100% of the snap counts he was eligible for on offense last season and was a sturdy presence next to All-Pros Rashawn Slater and Corey Linsley.
After his first full season in Los Angeles last year, he will be looking to ratchet his game up to another level if the right side of the line can keep improving. Also, Feiler should be looking to button up some penalty calls he was guilty of last season, he had a career-high six calls go against him last season including three holding flags.
A stabilizing presence, Feiler and Linsley are the elder statesmen of the group with Norton following them in age. Perhaps the blueprint for finding a new piece for the right side of the line, the former Steeler had a solid first year in L.A. and should be counted on heavily this season to keep opening up holes for his teammates.
While he did have some penalty mistakes, last season was Feiler’s best in terms of snap counts and overall playing time, including special teams. After starting 40 of 45 games for the Steelers in four seasons, the hope is that it will be more of the same for the Chargers.