2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (AFC West)
2016 record: 5-11 (1-5 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: HC Anthony Lynn, (R) WR Mike Williams, OT Russell Okung
KEY DEPARTURES: HC Mike McCoy, RB Danny Woodhead, OT King Dunlap
2016 SEASON RECAP
Philip Rivers had big statistical year as far as yards and TDs go (4,386 pass yards and 33 TDs) but his 21 INTs left the Chargers with some decisions to make. Is it time to look for the heir apparent at QB? That aside, 2016 had what seemed like endless obstacles for the Chargers, between rookie Joey Bosa’s hold out and WR Keenan Allen’s annual knee injury they couldn’t get a break.
WR Tyrell Williams stepped into the #1 role and had a very good year (69 rec 1,059 yards and 7 TDs). Dontrelle Inman also played well with 810 yards and 4 TDs. The emergence of TE Hunter Henry is something to keep your eye on. Henry had 36 catches for 478 yards but he hauled in 8 TDs. Whenever Antonio Gates decides to hang it up Henry will fill that spot nicely.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
In 2016 RB Melvin Gordon was injured at the end of the year and missed the 1,000 yard milestone by just 3 yards. In 2017 if the Chargers hope to climb out of the AFC West basement, they will need a huge year from Gordon combined with health and a lot less turnovers from Philip Rivers. CB Casey Hayward was a bright spot with 7 Interceptions in 2016, if he can be a shutdown #1 corner that will help them to no end.
New Head Coach Anthony Lynn has a lot of different moving parts with his new job. It will interesting to see how the team adjust to the relocation, new coaching staff and playing in a much smaller venue ( team will play in the StubHub Center that holds only 30,000 fans).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB Melvin Gordon, DE Joey Bosa, WR Keenan Allen, QB Philip Rivers, TE Hunter Henry
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
3 – 13