Los Angeles Chargers Roster 2018 Chargers Roster

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Going on year 16, Philip Rivers is the vet with a rather young team. He only has a few chances left, and this could be a year to do it. His defense is very solid, and Melvin Gordon will be able to take a load off Rivers’ shoulder. There isn’t much backing up Gordon, but we did see Austin Ekeler see some time late last year when Gordon was going through some injury weeks. This is a lengthy receiving core, and they are going to have plenty of depth if Mike Williams or Keenan Allen have injury issues, which has been the case, although Allen finally played a full season. After those two, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams have been reliable options for Rivers, and with no real tight end in play now that Hunter Henry is injured, we could see one of them step up, and my money would be on Tyrell Williams.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Philip Rivers Philip Rivers P. Rivers 17
88
#8 QB 1 6'5" 228 37 12/8/81 16 2004 1 4 North Carolina State
QB Eli Jenkins Eli Jenkins E. Jenkins 5
68
#63 QB 6'2" 205 24 8/7/94 1 2017 Jacksonville State
QB Tyrod Taylor Tyrod Taylor T. Taylor 5
82
#16 QB 6'1" 215 29 8/3/89 9 2011 6 180 Virginia Tech
RB Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon M. Gordon 28
87
#12 RB 1 6'1" 215 26 4/13/93 5 2015 1 15 Wisconsin
RB Austin Ekeler Austin Ekeler A. Ekeler 30
82
#33 RB 2 5'9" 191 23 5/17/95 3 2017 Western State (CO)
RB Justin Jackson Justin Jackson J. Jackson 32
66
#148 RB 3 6'0" 199 23 4/22/96 2 2018 7 251 Northwestern
RB Troymaine Pope Troymaine Pope T. Pope 35
66
#142 RB 5'7" 205 25 11/29/93 3 2016 Jacksonville State
RB Detrez Newsome Detrez Newsome D. Newsome 38
66
#103 RB 5'10" 210 25 3/6/94 2 2018
OT Sam Tevi Sam Tevi S. Tevi 69
65
#112 OT 1 6'5" 312 24 11/15/94 3 2017 6 190 Utah
OT Russell Okung Russell Okung R. Okung 76
78
#37 OT 1 6'5" 310 31 10/7/87 10 2010 1 6 Oklahoma State
OT Zachary Crabtree Zachary Crabtree Z. Crabtree 60
68
#112 OT 2 6'6" 318 24 9/16/94 1 2018 Oklahoma State
OT Trenton Scott Trenton Scott T. Scott 68
68
#114 OT 2 6'5" 320 25 1/25/94 2 2018
ILB Denzel Perryman Denzel Perryman D. Perryman 52
80
#13 ILB 1 5'11" 236 24 11/16/94 5 2015 2 48 Miami (FL)
ILB Nick Dzubnar Nick Dzubnar N. Dzubnar 48
60
#92 ILB 2 6'2" 240 27 8/15/91 5 2015 Cal Poly
OLB Thomas Davis Thomas Davis T. Davis 58
82
#160 OLB 1 6'1" 240 36 3/22/83 15 2005 1 14 Georgia
OLB Jatavis Brown Jatavis Brown J. Brown 57
76
#46 OLB 1 6'0" 219 26 2/18/93 4 2016 5 175 Akron
OLB Uchenna Nwosu Uchenna Nwosu U. Nwosu 42
67
#104 OLB 2 6'2" 251 22 12/28/96 2 2018 2 48 USC
OLB Kyzir White Kyzir White K. White 44
66
#112 OLB 2 6'2" 218 23 3/24/96 2 2018 4 119
SS Adrian Phillips Adrian Phillips A. Phillips 31
72
#43 SS 1 5'11" 201 29 1/6/90 5 2014 Texas
FS Rayshawn Jenkins Rayshawn Jenkins R. Jenkins 23
69
#50 FS 1 6'1" 214 25 1/25/94 3 2017 4 113 Miami
LS Mike Windt Mike Windt M. Windt 47
62
#27 LS 6'1" 252 33 5/29/85 10 2010 Cincinnati
LS Cole Mazza Cole Mazza C. Mazza 55
6'1" 236 0 2019 Alabama
C Mike Pouncey Mike Pouncey M. Pouncey 53
77
#19 C 1 6'5" 303 29 7/24/89 9 2011 1 15 Florida
C Scott Quessenberry Scott Quessenberry S. Quessenberry 61
65
#59 C 2 6'4" 310 24 3/23/95 2 2018 5 155
C Cole Toner Cole Toner C. Toner 64
63
#63 C 3 6'5" 306 25 3/13/94 3 2016 5 170 Harvard
C Dillon Deboer Dillon Deboer D. Deboer 60
66
#54 C 6'6" 300 24 7/26/94 1 2017 Florida Atlantic
DT Justin Jones Justin Jones J. Jones 91
65
#74 DT 1 6'2" 309 22 8/28/96 2 2018 3 84 NC State
DL Tevin Lawson Tevin Lawson T. Lawson 78
66
#1 DL 6'3" 285 0 2018
WR Keenan Allen Keenan Allen K. Allen 13
94
#4 WR 1 6'2" 206 26 4/27/92 7 2013 3 76 California
WR Travis Benjamin Travis Benjamin T. Benjamin 12
82
#52 WR 1 5'10" 175 29 12/29/89 8 2012 4 100 Miami
WR Mike Williams Mike Williams M. Williams 81
80
#61 WR 1 6'4" 218 24 10/4/94 3 2017 1 7 Clemson
WR Dylan Cantrell Dylan Cantrell D. Cantrell 84
66
#288 WR 2 6'3" 226 24 6/29/94 1 2018 6 191
WR Artavis Scott Artavis Scott A. Scott 10
67
#258 WR 2 5'10" 193 24 12/12/94 1 2017 Clemson
WR Geremy Davis Geremy Davis G. Davis 11
63
#196 WR 6'2" 216 27 1/10/92 5 2015 6 186 UConn
WR Dontre Wilson Dontre Wilson D. Wilson 0
69
#132 WR 1
S Derwin James Derwin James D. James 33
78
#25 S 1 6'2" 215 22 8/3/96 2 2018 1 17
S Jaylen Watkins Jaylen Watkins J. Watkins 27
74
#41 S 2 5'11" 194 26 11/27/92 4 2014 4 101 Florida
TE Hunter Henry Hunter Henry H. Henry 86
86
#11 TE 1 6'5" 250 24 12/7/94 3 2016 2 35 Arkansas
TE Sean Culkin Sean Culkin S. Culkin 80
60
#107 TE 2 6'5" 250 25 6/11/93 3 2017 Missouri
TE Austin Roberts Austin Roberts A. Roberts 42
68
#103 TE 3 6'2" 230 23 12/3/95 1 2018
TE Virgil Green Virgil Green V. Green 88
75
#54 TE 6'3" 249 30 7/21/88 9 2011 7 204 Nevada
TE Anthony Kukwa Anthony Kukwa A. Kukwa 42
66
#90 TE 6'2" 239 26 10/30/92 1 2017 Lake Erie
DE Melvin Ingram Melvin Ingram M. Ingram 54
91
#7 DE 1 6'1" 265 29 4/26/89 8 2012 1 18 South Carolina
DE Joey Bosa Joey Bosa J. Bosa 99
89
#10 DE 1 6'5" 269 24 9/12/94 4 2016 1 3 Ohio State
DE Isaac Rochell Isaac Rochell I. Rochell 98
70
#96 DE 2 6'4" 282 24 4/22/95 2 2017 7 225 Notre Dame
FB Derek Watt Derek Watt D. Watt 34
60
#15 FB 6'2" 234 26 11/7/92 4 2016 6 198 Wisconsin
CB Casey Hayward Casey Hayward C. Hayward 26
92
#5 CB 1 5'11" 192 29 9/9/89 8 2012 2 62 Vanderbilt
CB Trevor Williams Trevor Williams T. Williams 24
84
#24 CB 1 6'0" 195 25 9/15/93 4 2016 Penn State
CB Desmond King Desmond King D. King 20
80
#46 CB 2 5'10" 206 24 12/14/94 3 2017 5 151 Iowa
CB Michael Davis Michael Davis M. Davis 43
72
#105 CB 2 6'2" 187 24 1/6/95 3 2017 BYU
CB Brandon Facyson Brandon Facyson B. Facyson 36
68
#134 CB 3 6'1" 203 24 9/8/94 2 2018 Virginia Tech
NT Brandon Mebane Brandon Mebane B. Mebane 92
76
#18 NT 1 6'1" 311 34 1/15/85 13 2007 3 85 California
NT Ty McGill Ty McGill T. McGill 95
73
#19 NT 2 6'1" 293 26 11/23/92 5 2015 NC State
G Dan Feeney Dan Feeney D. Feeney 66
75
#39 G 1 6'4" 304 24 5/29/94 3 2017 3 71 Indiana
G Michael Schofield Michael Schofield M. Schofield 75
74
#46 G 1 6'6" 301 28 11/15/90 6 2014 3 95 Michigan
G Forrest Lamp Forrest Lamp F. Lamp 77
80
#24 G 2 6'4" 309 25 2/20/94 3 2017 2 38 Western Kentucky
K Ty Long Ty Long T. Long 1
2 6'2" 205 26 4/6/93 1 2015 UAB

Chargers are a Wild Card, Yet Again

The Los Angeles Chargers had a resurgent year during a time that saw them swap locations within the state. A 9-7 record with key losses in tie-breaker scenarios left the team out of the playoffs. This record improvement was one of the biggest jumps the team has seen in recent years. This is something the team will use to build around in the 2018-19 season.

One of the worst-case scenarios came at the beginning of training camp. Hunter Henry, the team's only tight end prospect, would tear his ACL and would forfeit his 2018-19 season before it began. The team was already facing adversity when the team's leader, Antonio Gates, decided to hang up the cleats. Despite reports of reaching out to Gates, the team was able to land Virgil Green. While Green isn't overly talented and won't put up the numbers the previous mentions could, he fills a role. He does it on a consistency basis, adding pass and run block to bolster a starting line. The Green addition is a blessing in disguise for a team that was left searching for answers earlier this off-season.

Apart from major losses, the team was able to encounter a few key acquisitions. One area that is always in need of support is the offensive line. Protecting Philip Rivers is always at the center of discussion. Rivers will have a new exchange partner in Mike Pouncey. Pouncey comes from the Dolphins and it always in the top 10 discussion of active centers. His consistency will keep the middle protected and will hopefully develop a fluid relationship with Rivers. The team also brought in Geno Smith as a back-up to Rivers. Smith has been flashed as a journeyman within the league, finding his way across multiple divisions and teams. This movement alone is bound to increase one's knowledge for the game over time, so this becomes a welcomed add.

The health of Melvin Gordon is something that needs to remain consistent for the team. Austin Ekeler has been shown to be a proven back-up, spelling Gordon in time of need. If Gordon does return to full health, the team can play around with their sets, finding holes in opposing defenses where each talent can shine. The receiving core is another aspect that needs to remain healthy. While Rivers thrives when facing adversity, he would prefer to have his favorite target Keenan Allen with him throughout a campaign. Mike Williams could emerge from the dust, proving to be the talent the team thought he was when they drafted him in the 1st round.

Jaylen Watkins joins a crowded secondary. The young talent from Philadelphia can provide relief at the cornerback position, being that he is a feisty player. The two corners the team possesses now, Casey Heyward and Jason Verrett, are both proven talents. This limits the chances that Watkins will have, but that does not diminish the value he brings to the secondary. The young core up front is something we are looking for improvement from. Joey Bosa has proven that he can compete with the best of them, challenging Melvin Ingram for the sack title for many years to come. The Bosa and Ingram duo is something that gives opposing teams a fit due to their ability to spread the field, read offensive sets, and get to the quarterback both physically and mentally.