Top five Chargers playmakers heading into the 2022 season

In 2018, during his stellar rookie season, safety Derwin James bellows at the night sky in a game against Kansas City.
In 2018, during his stellar rookie season, safety Derwin James bellows at the night sky in a game against Kansas City. / David Eulitt/GettyImages
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After putting together the top five Chargers playmakers since the start of the 2000’s list, what better way to satiate your Bolts content than a list that goes over the biggest big dogs on the Chargers next season?

For the purposes of this list, I will be going over the players that should have the biggest impact for the Bolts next season. While this list could also include players like left tackle Rashawn Slater or Corey Linsley given their huge importance to the offensive line, this countdown will not be including the offensive line (sad face).

For a team that looks more and more on paper like a contender, there are a ton of viable candidates for this list. 

The five biggest playmakers on the LA Chargers heading into 2022:

5. TIE - Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack

A fearsome duo, Bosa and Mack, if they are healthy, have the capacity to wreck opposing offenses in the stacked AFC West. With the tandem, the Chargers have their best pass-rushing duo since Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips in the late 2000s and an upgraded version of Bosa/Melvin Ingram.

Though Mack is coming off an uneven 2021 where he only appeared in seven games due to a season-ending foot injury, he has the intangibles to completely shift offenses. 

After playing in only three postseason contests in his eight-year career, the 31-year-old Mack will be hungry to push off the doubters once again. A six-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL 2010’s All-Decade Team, the Buffalo product is one of the best players in the game. Opposite him will be Chargers standout Bosa who is coming off his third straight Pro Bowl season and is the main pass-rushing threat for the Bolts.

After signing a five-year contract extension prior to the 2020 season, it would appear that Bosa will be in powder blues for a while which is bad news for the AFC West. One of the highest-paid defensive players in the league, and deservedly so, the Ohio State product is a game-changer as evidenced by his four seasons of double-digit sacks. If these two can mesh together well along with Mack staying healthy, then their ranking will be much higher on this list.