5 LA Chargers who absolutely must step up to top the Chiefs in the AFC West

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3. Chris Harris

Everything we wrote about Tevaughn Campbell can be transferred over to Chris Harris. The LA Chargers secondary is in a really rough spot with Samuel hurt, Michael Davis not taking the leap to be a CB1 that the team was hoping for and both Chris Harris and Tevaughn Campbell getting significant snaps.

Harris has been the perfect case study to show why teams should never sign old veteran cornerbacks to expensive contracts. Taking a flier on someone like the Las Vegas Raiders did with Casey Hayward is one thing but signing a corner to a two-year deal nearly worth $20 million is a completely different story.

Harris has not even been worth a tenth of that contract as he missed significant time with injury in 2020 (and was not that good to begin with) and has been really bad thus far this season. He had a promising first week in which he played safety but since then it has been a problem for the former All-Pro corner.

Harris has been targeted 25 times this season and has allowed 18 receptions for 229 yards and a touchdown. He has no interceptions on the season and has broken up just one pass. Harris has allowed a 113.6 passer rating when targeted this season, which according to Pro Football Focus, is the 14th worst in the league among corners with 200 coverage snaps.

Both Harris and Campbell have allowed receptions on 72% of their targets in pass coverage and that is simply unsustainable for success, regardless of how good the offense plays.