We analyze ESPN’s prediction for Chargers’ final 53-man list

ESPN recently dropped the 53-member list for each NFL team. Of course, let’s look at NFL writer Lindsey Thiry’s prediction about Chargers.

That’s a lot of words, so let’s dive right in.

Quarter Defenders (3): Justin Herbert, Chase Daniel, Easton Stick

Thiry thoughts:It’s no secret who becomes a starting defender as Hebert returns to lead the attack. Herbert finished in 3rd place in last season’s NFL standings, behind only future celebrity gray quarterback Tom Brady and Super Bowl Master Matthew Stafford – Feeding. The only question is whether the former general selection No. 6 is ready to take Bolt to a deep play-off, even one that ends in the Super Bowl.

My thoughts: All Chargers fans should be incredibly grateful that this position group will only be bored in the near future. As long as Justin Herbert is here, Bolts is in good hands.

Runners (5): Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley, Larry Rountree, Isaiah Spiller, Gabe Nabers

Thiry thoughts:Ekeler enters the training camp as a starter after collecting 1,558 universal yards and 20 hits last season. However, a professional who has been working for six years is eager for younger colleagues to prove that they can make an impact. “I want the boys to come in and earn reps,” Ekeler said. “I say earn it because I don’t want that to be the case.” Oh, we have to hit Austin because he’s tired. I want someone to say, “No, we want to get this man there because he’s shown he can play.” Fourth round selection Texas A&MSpiller has a chance to prove that he deserves success with Kelley and Rountree.

My thoughts: I don’t think Chargers keeps five players here. Many other areas on the list could benefit from an extra body, so the four players seem to be right. The four defenders, in addition to the winger, sound like an exaggeration. In addition to Austin Ekeler and Isaiah Spiller, I think this is a confusion between Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree. Both have yet to prove that they can be consistent contributors. Gabe Nabers has a better hand than Zander Horvath when it comes to knowing the system, so it’s interesting to see if they switch over to a former undraft free agent.

Broad recipients (5): Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Josh Palmer, Jalen Guyton, DeAndre Carter

Thiry thoughts:Williams and Allen are among the NFL’s best-receiving duos, finishing 12th and 13th in the NFL last season, respectively. Palmer and Guyton challenge for third place, with Staley finding Guyton surprisingly offensive at the end of the off-season program.

My thoughts: This position group appears to have been resolved. The top four have been locked and the team will not consider DeAndre Carter to be one of their starting players. Like many, I look forward to a good year with Josh Palmer in his sophomore campaign.

Narrow ends (3): Gerald Everett, Donald Parham, Tre ‘McKitty

Thiry thoughts:Chargers has signed a two-year, $ 12 million contract with Everett that includes a $ 8 million guaranteed. The professional, who has been working for six years, spent his first four seasons Los Angeles Rams, including the 2020 season when Staley was their defense coordinator. He played last season Seattle Seahawkswhere he achieved career excellence in receptions (48), receiving yards (478) and balls (4).

My thoughts: This trio is right. The only other players who could make it to the active list are the three UDFAs, all in the NFL in either their first or second year. I am very interested in this group and it could look much better if Tre ‘McKitty is able to take a big step forward in his second year.

Offensive Player (9): Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley, Zion Johnson, Storm Norton, Trey Pipkins, Brenden Jaimes, Jamaree Salyer, Will Clapp

Thiry thoughts:Slater had a newcomer to the season, earning Pro Bowl awards. Now the Chargers hope that Johnson, whom they chose with the 17th general selection, will experience similar success as he prepares to step into the right guard. The biggest question is whether Chargers sees the necessary progress in the right game, where Norton and Pipkins are fighting to earn a place. “It’s probably a position where people can get better year after year than maybe in another place,” said offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. “We think we can do much better in the right fight than last year.”

My thoughts: Nine linemen are usually the magic number in this position, and Thiry selected nine looked like the right group. First-year charger Will Clapp will provide Corey Linsley with a solid backup and the rest will be the incumbents in their respective positions. The Battle of Storm Norton and Trey Pipkins to get off to a good start is one of the most popular training camp competitions this season.

Defender (6): Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson, Jerry Tillery, Morgan Fox, Breiden Fehoko, Otito Ogbonnia

Thiry thoughts:The defensive front underwent an off-season transformation, with the addition of Johnson, Joseph-Day, Ogbonnia and Fox. When entering a training camp, assume that Tillery, Johnson and Joseph-Day are leading the way and there is a whole race behind them.

My thoughts: I’m not surprised that Thiry remains optimistic about Jerry Tillery, but I don’t think he’s among the top three defenders in the group. I hope Brandon Staley makes one last attempt to change the football used by Tillery before the team continues with its former first-round selection.

Defenders / EDGE (5): Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa, Kyle Van Noy, Chris Rumph II, Emeke Egbule

Thiry thoughts:When Bosa first heard that Chargers was switching to Mack, he wasn’t sure if the cashier’s deal was true. “He’s obviously an incredible player,” Bosa said. “So having such a man on the other side is going to be really fun.” The bolts also added eight-year-old NFL veteran Van Noy, who offers depth on the edge.

My thoughts: I’m not sure if this position group needs to accommodate five players throughout the season, but if they do, that’s probably the way to go. Titles Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa, the recent addition of Kyle Van Noy and second-year pass rusher Chris Rumph give the group true versatility. Emeke Egbule has always been a substitute in his position, but he has managed to stay with the team through two regimes, which speaks of the coaches respecting him.

Inside Linebackers (4): Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquill, Troy Reeder, Amen Ogbongbemiga

Thiry thoughts:Murray underwent ankle surgery during the off-season, but Staley said the former first-round pick is expected to be ready to go to training camp. The shipowner is a newcomer after signing an annual and $ 1 million free agent contract. Staley is familiar with Reeder, who started seven games for him with Rams in 2020.

My thoughts: I don’t think the team can afford to leave just four players here after Kyzir White has allowed himself to walk freely in the agency. Nick Niemann, for his second year as an outstanding special team player, showed some flashes and shapes, so I can’t see a world where he wouldn’t stay.

Corner Defender (6): JC Jackson, Asante Samuel Jr., Bryce Callahan, Michael Davis, Tevaughn Campbell, Ja’Sir Taylor

Thiry thoughts:At the end of the off-season program, Staley put together a friendly competition that included defensive defenders and receivers catching bait from the JUGS machine. “I want our secondary to get more food than anyone else in the export, because that’s what’s going to be to protect the money,” Staley said. “It’s in the deepest part of the field.” Jackson, who has made 25 breaks in four seasons, knows that after signing a five-year $ 82.5 million deal that includes a guaranteed $ 40 million. The bolts have a lot of players on the corner, but in a training camp you have to answer the question of who will line up inside and out.

My thoughts: Ja’Sir Taylor has been impressed during his short time at Chargers this off-season, so it’s no surprise that he wins Kemon Hall’s place on the list. Preserving Tevaughn Campbell as a depth is likely to move there as well. This group is much better than a year ago.

Safety (4): Derwin James, Nasir Adderley, Alohi Gilman, JT Woods

Thiry thoughts:James is preparing for his fifth training camp and overtime, which should make him one of the NFL’s highest paid security guards, if not the highest. With great caution, Staley imposed restrictions on James’ participation in the off-season program after an All-Pro security guard underwent a post-Pro Bowl left shoulder operation in February, giving Adderley a chance to rise and impress. “Nas really showed up,” Staley said. “He was our most productive man in spring high school.”

My thoughts: Like a group of insiders, I saw Staley keep another player here. He recently appreciated how close Mark Webb was to seeing a more defensive time as a beginner before the injury, so I can’t imagine him not getting on the final list this year.

Special Teams (3): Dustin Hopkins (K), JK Scott (P), Josh Harris (LS)

Thiry thoughts:With two newcomers, this group will benefit from being in a training camp. Harris will join the group after spending 10 seasons together Atlanta Falcons. Fifth round selection Green Bay Packers in 2018, Scott will get a new start after playing only one game with the team last season Jacksonville Jaguars. Hopkins returns with a three-year, $ 9 million deal after realizing 18 of 20 hits in 11 games last season.

My thoughts: The retention of Dustin Hopkins was enormous, and the acquisition of JK Scott in place of Ty Long will hopefully bring much benefit to the hidden dimension of the fight. The signing of Pro Bowl’s long snapper is also a hell of a step to upgrade one of the worst special teams in the last five seasons.

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