We are less than one week away from the Los Angeles Chargers season opener, coming after a roller coaster ride of an offseason for Bolts fans.
Some good emotions have transpired, and some bad. That all comes with the game of football. We’ve had some heartbreak with such things like moving on from long time beloved quarterback Philip Rivers, or Derwin James sustaining yet another major leg injury. It is evident that there have been some low points.
On the contrary, you could argue the high points have been worth mentioning.
The Chargers had a great draft by not only selecting their (hopefully) quarterback of the future with the 6th overall pick in Justin Herbert and they also traded back into the first round to grab a stud in Kenneth Murray Jr.
On top of that, the Bolts locked up Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen for years to come.
With all those points in mind, the season must come to a start. The Chargers released their apparent week 1 depth chart, and while a lot may not surprise you, some of it will have fans taking a second look.
The two positions that most fans were ready to see were slot receiver (WR3) and how the coaches would use the safeties following Derwin’s injury.
Jalen Guyton won the slot receiver job, with Joe Reed and K.J. Hill not far behind. Also, Justin Jones will be starting along with Linval Joseph at defensive tackle. This moves last year’s first-round pick, Jerry Tillery, down to third on the depth chart. Kyzir White, Denzel Perryman, and rookie Kenneth Murray Jr. will be the starting linebackers.
It was assumed that Rayshawn Jenkins would be a starting safety after the James injury, but some weren’t sure who would join him at the other safety position.
The depth chart has second-year safety, Nasir Adderly, starting alongside Jenkins, despite his big injury robbing him of his rookie year last season.
Look out for Desmond King to move all over the defensive backfield this year, along with late-round rookie out of Notre Dame, Alohi Gilman.
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