NFL Offseason

Biggest remaining needs for each team in the AFC for 2020:

We are at the second part of my “biggest remaining needs for each NFL team” breakdown and today we look at the AFC side of things. Once again, at this rather eventless point of the offseason, I get to break down the rosters of all 32 teams and watch some tape to pin-point the one area each squad should still improve at to be their best.

That can be an impact player at a certain position, a contributor in a specific role or just a backup at a spot, where the team doesn’t have great depth. Of course scheme fit and available ressources have to be considered individually, but looking at this from a more general perspective, these are the one spots each team should still be looking to upgrade at.

Also check out my NFC version of this write-up and you can listen to my breakdowns on Youtube as well.


 

AFC North:

 

Baltimore Ravens – True speed edge rusher  Ravens

I’ll be honest here – it’s really damn hard to find holes on that Ravens team. They were 14-2 for a reason and while it will be hard to recreate that record of course, they might have a squad better suited to make a run at the AFC this season. They did lose a Hall of Fame guard in Marshal Yanda, a run-plugging nose tackle in Michael Pierce and maybe their best inside linebacker in Patrick Onwuasor, but I think they have made moves to do better than just even those out. Yanda can obviously not be replaced with the same level of play, but they did draft Michigan guard Ben Bredeson in the fourth round and another offensive lineman in Mississippi State’s Tyre Phillips, who could move inside, plus they signed D.J. Fluker in addition to who they already had there. With Pierce gone, Brandon Williams can move to his more natural position over the center, while veterans Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe were brought in to improve that D-line. And the duo of draft picks Patrick Queen from LSU and Malik Harrison from Ohio State could easily be better than what they had in 2019, as they complement each other extremely well. The one thing that still stands out to me is that they don’t have is a true speedball off the edge. Matt Judon finally got the recognition he deserves with a Pro Bowl nod last season and they like some of the young guys they can line up on the opposite side, in addition to Campbell having outside flexibility, but none of those guys really scare tackles with their ability to beat them around the corner consistently. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale gets home with those heavy pressure looks that have almost everybody near the line and you don’t know who will drop out, but having somebody you can rely upon to win one on one and force quarterbacks to step up would make them more effective.

 

Cincinnati Bengals – Guard  Bengals

The obvious choice would have been linebacker here, when you look at what they are bringing back, but after drafting two guys I really like in Wyoming’s Logan Wilson and App State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither, plus Purdue’s Marcus Bailey later on, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and see how they plan to use their guys. Cincinnati also finally decided to spend in free agency, bringing in one of the most underrated D-linemen in the league in D.J. Reader, a great match at safety with Vonn Bell to pair up with Jessie Bates and a couple of corners. If A.J. Green is back healthy and they get anything out of John Ross, that group of skill-position players is pretty interesting, surrounding first overall pick Joe Burrow. Instead I’m looking at the interior offensive line. Two of their most recent draft picks Michael Jordan and Billy Price were horrendous in their first and second season respectively. Trey Hopkins seems to be locked into the center spot, but I really don’t know who will be lining up on either side once the regular season rolls around. Cincy also brought in Xavier Su’a-Filo, who was a nice backup in Dallas these last two seasons after a rather forgettable start in Houston, and they selected Kansas’s Hakeem Adeniji, who might move inside and stand out with his athleticism. Jonah Williams will finally be able to make his debut after being my top tackle in last year’s draft, while Bobby Hart is a below-average starter on the right side. However, their new franchise QB had a lot of his success last year due to great integrity of the interior pocket, so that should be their priority. Adeniji and veteran Fred Johnson should also be in competition for that RT spot. However, the Bengals have kind of told us already that they don’t want to give up on Hart, even though he hasn’t done much to deserve that.

 

Cleveland Browns – MIKE linebacker  Browns

As I talked about in my recap of the draft, there are definitely some things that you can question about how the Browns front-office handles things, but they put together an outstanding class of rookies. I love what they have done on the offensive line, signing former Titans right tackle Jack Conklin to a reasonable contract and selecting my top-rated tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. (Alabama) at tenth overall as book-ends to an already really good interior O-line. They have a strong assortment of skill position players on offense and defensively they already had a ferocious D-line, plus I really like they safety tandem they built with Karl Joseph coming over from the Raiders and second-round pick Grant Delpit. The one position group I have to look at is the linebacker level, having lost Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey. Mack Wilson was an absolute steal from Bama as well last year on day three of the draft and Sione Takitaki is a guy they really like as well coming in with him. Wilson could probably play either MIKE or WILL if he can still improve his play-recognition a little and Takitaki fits best on the strong-side, having played on edge early on at BYU before moving more off the ball his senior year. I believe putting Wilson on the weak-side and allowing him to just shoot gaps makes the most sense, so it’s the guy in the middle that is really missing. In round three of this most recent draft the Browns select LSU backer Jacob Phillips, but he was way down my board and their worst pick to me, as his conservative style of play doesn’t make him the missing piece to me. The one guy he will be in competition with is B.J. Goodson, who has some starting experience, but he only started a quarter of the snaps for the Packers last season, who didn’t have a lot of quality play the position.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers – Backup quarterback Steelers

Looking at this Steelers team last season, it was a tale of two completely different units – an elite defense that kept them in games and an offense that failed to sustain any drives for large stretches of games. Once Minkah Fitzpatrick came over from Miami in a trade, that secondary really made plays in combination with one of the best starting front-sevens in the league. I thought about adding some depth behind it, especially at inside linebacker, where they lost Mark Barron, but I think they found their replacement for that type of player in Maryland’s Antoine Brooks Jr., who will probably transition to linebacker full-time. Either way he will definitely slide in on sub-packages. So the LB depth wasn’t the biggest need here. Instead I’m looking at what broke their back last season – Ben Roethlisberger getting hurt. While the team did make a run at a wildcard spot behind their dominant defense, those guys were exhausted at the end of the season and couldn’t carry them anymore. The Steelers can’t go anywhere with one of the other QBs under center if Big Ben misses some time again. I documented this early on, when Mason Rudolph could not do anything in the downfield passing game and how the coaching staff hid him behind creative run plays, easy dump-offs on shallow crossers and quick passes to his backs. When he had to do anything beyond that, he was truly horrific. Devlin Hodges gave them some hope in a big win over the Chargers and then going 3-0 once he took over as the starter in Pittsburgh, but after throwing four picks versus Buffalo on Sunday Night and losing the final three games to close out the season, I don’t think the coaches want to turn to him anymore either. The Steelers brought in a former first-round pick of the Broncos in Paxton Lynch and maybe he will show some of the potential that got him drafted highly, but I don’t think they have anybody on the roster that can steer the ship if Ben is out again.

 


 

AFC East:

 

Buffalo Bills – Punter  Bills

When you look at this Bills team, they are set up as well as they have been since the turn of the millennium. I was already a big fan of their roster and coaching staff, but they have made some moves to take them to the next level, especially the trade for Stefon Diggs from Minnesota and some of the picks they made in the draft. Receiver looked like the obvious need a few months ago, but by trading for Diggs and drafting a couple of pass-catchers on day three of the draft, that room suddenly looks like one of the better ones in the league. The Bills could maybe add another offensive guard or cornerback and they seem to be counting on Dawson Knox to take the next step in year two – who I liked a lot more than most people last year in April – but I didn’t think they had a real hole on either side of the ball. So instead I looked at special teams – in particular their punter situation. Corey Bojourquez averaged only 41.9 yards per punt last season, which was 29th among starters and only three guys had a higher touchback percentage (8.9%) than him. For a team with close to an elite defense, that values field-positioning, you don’t want to rank inside the bottom ten in terms punt return average allowed either (even though that obviously is about how they cover kicks as well). The offense will try to grind away games with a duo of third-round running backs in Devin Singletary in 2019 and then Zack Moss from Utah this year. A lot about this team will have to do with how much quarterback Josh Allen can mature in year three and if he can come up big for them with added national attention (four primetime games in 2020), but this team has a clear identity and as little of a difference as a punter may make for some teams, this will be very important for Buffalo.

 

Miami Dolphins – Free safety  Dolphins

Looking at teams like the Cardinals picking first overall in the draft just a year ago or the 49ers going from selecting right behind them to appearing in the Super Bowl, among organizations in rebuild mode, the Dolphins may not be the one furthest ahead in that transition, but very may be set up as well as them. They seemed to be “Tanking for Tua” early on last season, but they did show a lot of fight and the signs of a culture being built by Brian Flores & company and still saw the Alabama star quarterback fall into their lap at fifth overall. They have spent a bunch of ressources to protect their future signal-caller, Devante Parker emerged in the second half of 2019 and a lot was invested to retool the defense. Similar to what Flores was a part of with New England in terms of building that unit back-to-front, their secondary has some of the best pieces in the league now all of a sudden. After signing Byron Jones to a huge free agency contract coming over from Dallas and drafting Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene 30th overall to develop in the slot, with those two combined with Xavien Howard coming back from injury, Miami could easily have one of the premiere trio of corners going forward. The Dolphins also brought in Eric Rowe for some depth and they surprisingly grabbed Texas safety Brandon Jones in the third round, who not a lot of people may know despite coming from a big program, but has the traits to develop into a really good, versatile safety if he cleans up some of his technique as a tackler. With that being said, I still think they don’t have a true free safety after trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers at the start of last season. With those guys they have to man up on receivers, they won’t shy away from aggressive cover-zero and -one coverages, but if you do go single-high, you need an instinctive and rangy player back there to clean things up. Jones may have the ability to cover ground for that role, but his feel in deep coverage still may not quite be there yet.

 

New England Patriots – Outside receiver Patriots

It is kind of crazy to think that the Patriots went from 20-year dynasty to almost an afterthought overnight, when Tom Brady decided to go to Tampa Bay. While I certainly have questions about this roster, they do still have several key pieces from last year’s number-one ranked defense and two of the best minds on either side of the ball with Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick of course. I mentioned this a few times already – the Patriots will want to run the ball 35+ times a game. Not only because they have like ten running backs on their roster or the fact they will be starting second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham – who had one of the two passes he threw last season returned for a pick-six – but they also simply don’t have any true outside threats at the receiver position. Looking at the slot – Julian Edelman was banged up last season and should be in better shape now, they did give up a second-rounder for Mohamed Sanu from Atlanta who should be better after looking more like a disappointing investment once he came over last season and even Jakobi Meyers showed some signs as a rookie, who I really liked to make an impact for them as an undrafted free agent. New England selected N’Keal Harry from Arizona State in the first round last year, but even he to me would be at his best lining up inside, not showing the ability to create separation vertically or at the top of his route all the time. They did bring in free agents Marquise Lee and Damiere Bryd, who have both been productive when given the opportunity, but none of those guys strikes me as a true alpha, who they can just put at X receiver and ask him to win one-on-one against the opposing teams top corner consistently. This probably is much easier to deal with in McDaniels’ matchup-based passing attack, but having that different type of pass-catcher, with the size and skill-set to defeat press-coverage, would give them another dimension.

 

New York Jets – Edge rusher  Jets

A couple of years ago you could have argued that the Jets had the worst roster in the league. Last offseason was pretty crazy with how the Jets fired their general manager Mike Maccagnan after spending over 200 million dollars in free agency and running their draft. However Gang Green did bring in a very promising young guy head man to the front office in Joe Douglas coming over from Philadelphia and I really like some of the moves they have made since, especially with an excellent draft class just recently. The Jets will get finally get back their big free agent signing C.J. Mosley and a dynamic target at the tight-end position in Chris Herndon for Sam Darnold, who won’t be getting mono again either. While there are still areas to upgrade going forward, I look at three positions in particular that you could look at as real needs – right guard, outside corner and edge rusher. I think Brian Winters is a viable option on the interior of the O-line and I really like the upside of third-round pick Cameron Clarke from Charlotte. At corner I’m a fan of the under-the-radar signing of Pierre Desir, who was quietly one of the better cover-guys when healthy these last two years. I had fifth-round pick Bryce Hall from Virginia as a top-ten prospect at the position and he might have been even higher if healthy, plus we still don’t know if they want to play third-rounder Ashtyn Davis at corner or nickel in year one possibly. Instead I’m looking at the much-dreaded edge position, where these guys have been looking for somebody to really make an impact since maybe John Abram 15 years ago. Jordan Jenkins is a solid run-stopping SAM and they brought in some talented young guys like Jordan Willis, Tarrell Basham and Wyatt Rey. Florida’s Jabari Zuniga was a third-rounder for them this year and I recently talked about an interesting UDFA in former Memphis Tiger Bryce Huff. Still, none of those guys are bonafide pass rushers, who they can rely on to threaten offensive tackles.

 


 

AFC South:

 

Houston Texans – Strong safety Texans

Right off the bat, the Texans offensive line is still not where it needs to be. At this time two years ago I called them the worst unit in all of football and heading into 2019 I said they would struggle because the additions they made were developmental rookies in Tytus Howard and Max Scharping. The trade for Laremy Tunsil last season was huge and they have already secured him with a long-term deal, but they did pay a hefty price – which took them out of the market for more help up front in the draft. Now with those two guys from last year being a season in the system and back healthy, I want see how they look like this season before talking about how they still need to upgrade that unit. Like many others I seriously question the DeAndre Hopkins deal and Brandin Cooks will have to stay healthy to keep that receiving corp viable, but for now they should have enough around Deshaun Watson to put up points. Instead I’m looking at the defensive side of the ball, where Houston looks to go to more even fronts possibly with some of the additions they have made and with one of my draft crushes in Ross Blacklock from TCU thrown into the mix. I really like what they have put together in the front-seven. Corner is still a little shaky without anybody putting together consistent stretches outside of Bradley Roby last season, but Gareon Conley and Lonnie Johnson are two guys they are still pretty invested in because of the upside they present, and I love their fourth-round pick John Reid out of Penn State, who should be competing with Vernon Hargreaves – another first-rounder – for the starting nickel spot. Justin Reid is one of the better young safety, but I’m not sure about anybody lining up alongside him, since they released Tashaun Gipson a few weeks ago. Eric Murray looks like the clear front-runner, with names like Keion Crossen, Jaylen Watkins and others on the roster. None of those are true difference-makers to me.

 

Indianapolis Colts – Outside corner Colts

It’s crazy to think we are less than a year away from the Andrew Luck retirement. While my view on the Colts has completely changed as far as their future goes, I think this year’s team could really make some noise and is my favorite to win the division as of right now, after appearing to be a challenger through the first half of 2019. Philip Rivers looked kind of a broken for most of 2019, but playing behind one of the elite offensive lines in the NFL instead of one of the worst in L.A. last season should help. I also believe second-round pick Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) will run wild with his new team and I love their other second-rounder in USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. as that big-bodied wideout Rivers has been working well with through the years. Defensively, I really like the addition of DeForest Buckner right in the middle and I’m on board some of the other guys they have up front. However, there are some uncertainties about this secondary. They lost Pierre Desir in free agency and they signed Xavier Rhoades, who has been falling off a cliff recently. Last year’s second-round pick Rock Ya-Sin showed excellent stretches of play and I love him going forward, but still there are major question marks for both their outside corner spots. Even if Rhoades miraculously returns to more of his 2018 form, I’m not sure about who will line up on the opposite side of the field, if Ya-Sin maybe plays more in the slot. T.J. Carrie is by far the most experienced, but he did not look good at all in Cleveland last year. Kenny Moore has been very solid over these last three years as a former UDFA, but lacks some size for the outside, and Quincy Wilson has never become what I hoped he would be as that ultra-physical guy. Depending on if they want to stick with that cover-two heavy scheme, they might need another big corner, who won’t shy away from tackling.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars – Free safety  Jaguars

Looking at Vegas odds, the Jaguars are projected to pick first overall come next April with their Over/Under set at 4.5 wins this season. And I’m not saying that they will surprise everybody by making a run at the playoffs or anything, because they did lose a lot of pieces, but I don’t think people look at this remaining roster and see the talent they still have. Cam Robinson might be better suited to move inside to guard if they still find somebody to replace him at left guard and some of their young guys on defense still have to prove themselves, but there is plenty to like here as well. Jacksonville has one of the more underrated receiving corps with D.J. Chark breaking out last season, Dede Westbrook capable of big things every single week and now a guy like Colorado’s Laviska Shenault coming in with enormous potential to surround Gardner Minshew and see if he can potentially take them out of the quarterback market. I’m not sure what they want to with Leonard Fournette or Jannick Ngakoue, but I like some of the young back they brought in from the last two drafts and that duo of Josh Allen last year and now K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU this April could give them one of the more dynamic two-packs of edge rushers. Where I think they are the furthest from that Sacksonville defense is the back-end. Ninth overall pick C.J. Henderson is a dog and they are counting on his potential to give them another shut-down corner and I liked Ronnie Harrison as a strong safety coming out of Alabama in 2018, but they don’t have that true free safety. Jarrod Wilson has played fairly well for them as a UDFA, but you like at Josh Jones, Andrew Wingard and now a day-three pick in Auburn’s Daniel Thomas all being better suited to play near the line of scrimmage. Maybe the Jags go to more quarters looks, where their safeties can read patterns and attack upfield. I still believe in J.R. Reed, who went undrafted coming out of Georgia, so maybe he is the solution.

 

Tennessee Titans – Interior offensive line depth  Titans

The Titans are coming off their deepest playoff run since the 2002 team led by Steve McNair. They got there thanks to a bruising running game with the league’s leading rusher Derrick Henry putting the team on his back late in the season and a very opportunistic defense. Looking at their offseason, they are trying to run it back with almost all of their starters staying in Nashville and directly replacing the guys they did lose in the draft. Someone alongside Harold Landry coming off the edge was the biggest need they wanted to address, but they did take a swing at a former top-ten draft pick of the Falcons in Vic Beasley. I think they made a steal late in round two of this year’s draft in LSU corner Kristian Fulton and I believe he allows Mike Vrabel to move Adoree Jackson back into the slot. So I’m not sure if they still need a starting piece necessarily. With the selection of Georgia behemoth Isaiah Wilson at 29th overall, the Titans now have Dennis Kelly or Ty Sambrailo as their swing-tackle, which is what they should be. The interior three of last year’s free agency addition Rodger Saffold, one of the most underrated players in center Ben Jones and last year’s third-rounder Nate Davis gives them a basis to run the ball effectively to go with those aggressive tackles. However, I just don’t see anybody that will give them very high level of play behind those three. Jamil Douglas played by far the most among those guys last season with almost 40 percent of the snaps, but he definitely struggled when he was in, allowing three sacks and being flagged twice. Once again, the moves the Titans have made in the draft are basically direct replacements of the guys they lost in free agency and they recapture they bottle of lightning they had once Ryan Tannehill was put in under center. If that’s what they think will make them successful, they need to secure the strength of their team and not take a big step backwards if somebody on the interior O-line goes down at some point.

 


 

AFC West:

 

Denver Broncos – Backup offensive tackle  Broncos

The Broncos are one of the most improved teams in the entire league – especially on the offensive side of the ball. Their first two picks being Jerry Jeudy from Alabama and K.J. Hamler from Penn State, plus a former Missouri teammate in tight-end Albert O to go with Courtland Sutton coming into year three and last year’s first-rounder Noah Fant, that receiving corp for sophomore QB Drew Locke suddenly has a LOT of firepower. Denver also continued to strengthen the offensive line with free agency addition Graham Glasgow coming over from Detroit and the steal of LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry II in the third round – who I had as my 35th overall prospect. The one spot that is still a bit of a question mark for me is left tackle, where Garrett Bolles just saw his fifth-year option declined. This is really prove-it year for him and he does have the skill-set to prove the doubters wrong, but in case he struggles or either one of the tackles goes down, the Broncos should add another guy on the edge to carry on gameday. Jake Rodgers was a seventh-rounder in 2015 for Atlanta and Calvin Anderson is pretty talented kid who went undrafted last year, but neither one of them gives me a great deal of confidence. I think Pat Shurmur will help out his young quarterback with some easy completions, but we saw what happens if the tackles can’t get the job done with what happened in New York under him last season. Defensively, they should be as good as they have been in a while now, with A.J. Bouye replacing Chris Harris Jr., another veteran on the D-line in Jurrell Casey coming in, some pieces in the draft being added and most importantly, Bradley Chubb coming back from season-ending injury. If Bolles finally plays up to his potential and they can stay mostly healthy, I don’t see a reason why they can’t compete for the West or at least be a pain in the you know what for Kansas City.

 

Kansas City Chiefs – Secondary depth  Chiefs

First of all, if you are the reigning Super Bowl champions, there aren’t too many pieces you still need to add and bringing back 20 of 22 starters from the year prior in a situation like that is pretty unheard of. The offense is still just loaded with all those track-stars at receiver and the game’s premiere pass-catching tight-end in Travis Kelce around what I think should be universally regarded as the best player in the entire league, when you look at what Patrick Mahomes can do. They made another huge addition in first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who just gives them a different dimension with his hard-nosed running style and ability to make things happen after catching a simple check-down if nobody is open downfield. Looking at the end of last season, that KC defense really stepped up with timely stops and big plays. The D-line has some dogs on it, if second-round pick Willie Gay Jr. can speed up his mental processing a little he gives them a guy that can really fly around on the second level and I like a lot of the things Steve Spagnuolo did for them with aggressive blitz-packages and coverages. The one unit I still look at as being a little thin is the secondary. I talked about this a little a couple of weeks ago when mentioning former Auburn corner Javaris Davis as an undrafted free agent, who could make an early impact on their team. The Chiefs really believe in their trio of corners in Charvarius Ward, Bashaud Breeland and Rashad Fenton, while Juan Thornhill will be back from injury and should only be better in year two to go with the Honeybadger, plus they still have Daniel Sorensen, who excels for them on special teams. Fourth-round pick L’Jarius Sneed gives them some versatility across the secondary and like I said, I could see Davis play quite a bit on sub-packages, but nobody off the bench has established themselves as actual difference-makers at this level. So maybe they should sign or trade for one more established veteran.

 

Las Vegas Raiders – WILL linebacker Raiders

In their first year in Las Vegas, these Raiders are trying to make a splash and if you are looking for anything to indicate that – they drafted three receivers through their first four picks of the draft and added a couple of feisty corners to go along with it. They also quietly made a few nice moves on defense with linebackers Corey Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in addition to safety Damarious Randall, who will complement one of last year’s first-rounders in Jonathan Abram very well. You could certainly call this a make-or-break year for Derek Carr, whose unwillingness to push the ball downfield is maddening to me and could take away some of that splash. I mean he averaged 6.3 air yards per attempt and threw the ball 2.3 yards short of the sticks on average, despite being in the top half of the league in terms of times in the pocket. Jon Gruden will rely more on his big offensive line and rookie standout running back Josh Jacobs once again. While I don’t love all of their defensive personnel, I think all the pieces are there to improve on that side of the ball for the most part,.The final one I am looking at is weak-side linebacker. Vontaze Burfict is hopefully finally out of the league for good and as I already mentioned, Mike Mayock has brought in what I believe are two pretty underrated players at that linebacker level, but they also lost Tahir Whitehead to the Panthers. Littleton has excellent range to play right in the middle and I like Kwiatkowski’s physicality on the strong-side, but who will replace Whitehead at WILL? Marquel Lee has slipped a little since a promising rookie campaign, playing only 6.7 percent of the defensive snaps last season and Nicholas Morrow played very poorly in a starting role last season. Maybe DC Paul Guenther plans on using Tanner Muse at linebacker on base downs already, since I project him to play there on sub-packages anyway.

 

Los Angeles Chargers – Left tackle  Chargers

The Chargers have one of the most talented rosters in the entire league, with an excellent core of skill-position players and an improved defense with studs at every level. I’m not sure if you could even find a hole on the defensive side if you wanted to, now with Derwin James back healthy, Chris Harris Jr. being brought in from their division-rival Broncos and trading back up into the first round for a super-rangy linebacker like Kenneth Murray. I love the fact they decided to make Austin Ekeler an even bigger piece for them offensively, after he came through for them routinely when relied upon last season. We still have to see how the quarterback situation shakes out, since Tyrod Taylor looks to be the starter heading into week one and depending on how well they do, that could keep sixth overall pick Justin Herbert on the bench for most of the season. However, despite some quality acquisitions, this offensive line still needs one piece. One of the better guards in Trai Turner was brought over in a trade for the often-injured Russell Okung, Bryan Bulaga was one of the more reasonable deals in all of free agency as a premiere right tackle and Mike Pouncey returns from injury. With that being side, who protects the blind-side of Taylor and/or Herbert? Sam Tevi? Trey Pipkins? Those are very underwhelming options. Tevi has been responsible for 11.5 sacks and seven flags over 29 starts these last two years, while Pipkins was brought in as a developmental player and had major issues when called upon as a rookie – three sacks allowed and flagged another three times on jut 250 total snaps. You can argue that this O-line is in the best shape it has been in several years now through four spots, but having that one liability can wreck an offense, constantly having to slide the protection his way, especially since the Chargers mostly want that back out on a route as well and only keep five in.

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