The 2021 NFL season is getting closer and closer to being a reality and to preview the upcoming season, we are ranking the LA Chargers among their AFC West peers position by position.
The LA Chargers underwent quite the change at the tight end position this offseason. Hunter Henry and Virgil Green, the two top tight ends in the depth chart, are no longer in LA as they have been replaced with Jared Cook and Tre' McKitty.
How do these changes impact their standing next to their peers? Let's get into it.
Ranking the tight end rooms in the AFC West:
4. Denver Broncos: Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam, Austin Font, Eric Saubert
The Denver Broncos ranked no. 1 in our wide receiver rankings because of the talent and the depth they have at the position. Denver does not have that same depth in the tight end room, nor the same talent.
To be fair, Noah Fant is a third-year tight end that has a lot of potential. He is a first-round pick overall and did finish last season with 673 receiving yards. That is really good for a second-year tight end, especially one that has Drew Lock as his quarterback.
While he might be better next season than anyone the LA Chargers have (spoiler alert), that is not a guarantee and the options behind him simply are not great. Okwuegbunam is a second-year tight end that was taken in the fourth round and is not all-that special while Austin Fort and Eric Saubert are practice squad guys.
Again, Noah Fant is really talented and will probably be the third-best tight end in the AFC West in 2021.