The LA Chargers have done a great job of building a complete roster ahead of the 2022 season. After a promising 2021 season that ultimately ended in heartbreak, Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley went hard at work to address the holes on the roster that held the team back.
No roster in the NFL is perfect and there are going to be areas of the roster that stand out as flaws (looking at you, middle linebacker). The important thing in roster building is making sure there are more areas of strength, which the Chargers certainly have done.
Fans will laud the quarterback position (obviously), the new-look lines (on both sides of the ball) and the secondary that is filled with star power. While all that is great, there is one area of the roster that deserves more love as it certainly is going to be a strength in 2022.
The tight end room is the most underrated area of the LA Chargers roster.
It is safe to say that just about every Chargers fan is happy with how the tight end room looks heading into the 2022 season. While that is true, it is also true that the position is not getting the widespread love that is deserves as one of the best in the sport.
Sure, the Chargers may not have the starpower of a Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, or George Kittle, but they have depth. Not only is the room deep, but it complements itself in such a way that gives the Chargers a solid option regardless of the situation.
Starting from the back, we have second-year tight end Tre' McKitty. McKitty didn't make much of a mark as a pass-catcher last season but he is making strides in that regard. The excitement around McKitty in instead with his blocking. McKitty was already a well-above-average blocker in his rookie season and the sky is the limit for the former Georgia Bulldog.
Next up is Donald Parham, who gives the Chargers an elite red-zone target because of his size and athleticism. Parham has blossomed into much more than a big-bodied jump-ball target, though. He has really worked on his blocking and route runner and is an all-around tight end. Getting an all-around tight end as the TE2 who is also an elite red-zone threat is no small feat.
Leading the room is Gerald Everett, who is probably my favorite underrated signing of the offseason. While Everett's career numbers are not spectacular, he played on a team with Jared Goff at quarterback and a Seahawks team in which Russell Wilson was hurt.
Everett has never played in an offense that is going to put the kind of emphasis on him that the Chargers will next season. Just think about how important Jared Cook was at tight end to what this offense wanted to do. Now think about some of the things it couldn't do because of Cook's limitations.
Cook will go down as one of the best vertical-threat tight ends of his generation but the Chargers caught him in what will likely be his last season. The explosiveness and consistency simply are not there anymore. Everett is far more explosive than Cook is and the Chargers are going to be able to do big things with him at tight end.
Many fans might view tight end as the weakest point of the Chargers' offense, and it very well could be with how talented the team is. If it does end up being the worst part of the offense in 2022 then winning the Super Bowl is the true ceiling of this team.