Chargers EDGE3: Tuli Tuipulotu
The Chargers drafted USC's Tuli Tuipulotu in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. With Joey Bosa missing most of the 2022 season with a groin injury, it became painfully obvious that the Chargers lacked quality depth at the edge rusher position.
The team not only needed to add a third edge rusher that could play important snaps for the defense but LA also needed to bring in Khalil Mack's eventual replacement now to groom them as a pass rusher. This is definitely going to be Mack's last season in LA and Tuipulotu has the chance to take over his role in year two.
His job as the the third edge rusher on the Chargers was not set in stone at the start of training camp, though. Tuipulotu had to outperform Chris Rumph, who was drafted in 2021 by the Chargers and is looking to take a big leap heading into his third season.
The former USC edge rusher has more than proven that he deserves that role over Rumph during camp thus far. Tuipulotu has looked far better in the individual drills than Rumph and has made more of an impact during the 11-on-11 drills against the offense.
Tuipulotu was particularly great on Sunday in the team's inter-squad scrimmage. Granted, the offensive line was missing some key players but Tuipulotu still played far better than Rumph did in that setting.