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3 Chargers whose starting spots are in jeopardy after free agency

A product of Notre Dame, linebacker Drue Tranquill will have to battle newcomers like Troy Reeder for starting repetitions next season.
A product of Notre Dame, linebacker Drue Tranquill will have to battle newcomers like Troy Reeder for starting repetitions next season. / Harry How/GettyImages
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Travis Kelce, Michael Davis
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No. 1: Michael Davis, Cornerback 

Currently slated as the backup outside corner, Davis’ stock is falling since he signed a multi-year extension with the Bolts back in March of 2021. Since going undrafted out of BYU in 2017, Davis has been a solid piece in the Chargers' secondary.

Prior to his contract extension, the 6-foot-2 corner had four seasons where he played in a total of 59 games with 35 starts. While he never made any Pro Bowls during this time, Davis was able to accrue five interceptions and establish himself as a steady presence on the outside. 

However, during the 2021 season, Davis struggled at times as the true No. 1 corner on the Bolts with some saying that he regressed as a player. There also seems to be more news coming out that the Chargers brass has lost some faith in Davis as a fulcrum in their secondary.

With the team going out and signing the All-Pro Jackson, the cornerback needs a big training camp to regain his footing. Though it remains to be seen if he will indeed be the backup corner to Jackson and second-year cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., the BYU product still has a lot of value to bring to the Bolts.

As someone who has seen the Chargers' defense ravaged by injuries in the past, having three starting-caliber cornerbacks is never a bad thing

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