LA Chargers that need to step up during the 2022 season

By Sean Basile
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2. LB Kenneth Murray

Murray had a decent rookie season going for over 100 combined tackles, 68 solo, and 5 tackles for loss starting 16 of 16 games, but in 2021 he only started 6 of 11 games and tallied 31 combined tackles.

On top of that, the Chargers allowed the 3rd most rushing yards per game last season at 138.9, the 3rd most total yards at 2,361, the 5th most yards per carry at 4.6, and even the 3rd most rushing touchdowns at 22.

When we look at game logs, they also allowed 100 rushing yards or more in 12 of 17 games in 2021 as well as over 120 rushing yards in 11 of 17.

Man oh man.

Not only is Murray's number up with the Chargers, but the team desperately needs him as the first round talent he was drafted as to step up and turn around the awfulness that's been the Bolts' run defense.

They brought in two solid defensive tackles in Austin Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day to plug the lane up front, but unless the linebacker play improves, this is once again going to be a team opposition will be able to run roughshod over.