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LA Chargers: 3 matchups that will determine the Week 5 outcome vs. Cleveland Browns

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2. Storm Norton vs. Myles Garrett

Rashawn Slater has been just what the doctor ordered four games into the 2021 season. It was a shock when he fell to the LA Chargers with the 13th overall pick and every Charger fan rejoiced as the team had finally landed its franchise left tackle.

While the ceiling of Slater was undoubtedly high, it was fair to expect there to be some learning curves early on in his NFL career. After all, he is a rookie that did not play at all in the 2020 season, instead opting out to focus on the 2021 NFL Draft.

Nobody would have blamed Slater if he had some struggles out of the gate and it would not have changed his high ceiling. Yet here he is, already playing like a Pro Bowl left tackle (at worst) and raising that ceiling higher than Charger fans even imagined. The team definitely has its franchise left tackle.

There is only one problem: Slater is not going to come up against Myles Garrett. Garrett would have been the toughest test that Slater had thus far and he might get a handful of reps against the Defensive Player of the Year candidate but for the most part, he will see Jadeveon Clowney, who is still no slouch either.

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Garrett is a left end and if the Browns are smart they should be running him up against Storm Norton the entire time. Norton has been pretty hit or miss with the Chargers, providing some good moments and providing some really bad snaps as well.

We know that Slater is going to shore up the left side of the line and we just have to hope that Norton can do okay against Garrett. Expecting him to have a big day against Garrett is unfair and it is mostly about limiting the damage and keeping Garrett's impact as small as possible.

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