Los Angeles Chargers
Mike Williams could be a fantasy star in 2019. What else should we keep on tab with the Los Angeles Chargers set to open training camp? (Gregory Bull/Associated Press)

It’s the same story again with the Chargers. Super talented, lame duck head coach. It’s why the Chargers were able to win 12 games but got their doors blown off against the Patriots. Talented team, will get outschemed 7 days a week and twice on Sundays as long as Anthony Lynn remains the head coach. What? I’m being too harsh on a running back coach? Let’s get down to business. What should we examine when it comes to the Los Angeles Chargers as they open up training camp?

3 Position Battles To Watch:

Right Tackle: Sam Tevi, Trey Pipkins

Sam Tevi was a total dumpster fire at right tackle in 2018. The Chargers brought in some competition, but it’s not fierce by any means. I can out bench Trey Pipkins who put up an ugly 16 reps as an offensive lineman. Clean it up Pipkins, you’re making the rest of the Trey’s look bad. The Chargers thought they only had to go to the blackhole once a year. They have one at right tackle every single week.

Backup Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor, Cardale Jones, Easton Stick

LA has collected backup quarterbacks like they are candy. Why are all of these guys on the roster? How many will they keep? Why did the Chargers waste a pick on Easton Stick? All relevant questions that need to be answered.

Defensive Tackle: Brandon Mebane, Jerry Tillery, Justin Jones, Isaac Rochell

Two of these players has to start. Brandon Mebane was a Seattle constant for a long time but now is getting up there in years. Justin Jones was solid as a rookie last year. Slowly, Isaac Rochell is coming along as a real rotation piece. This group has a chance to become elite if Jerry Tillery hits after coming over as a first round pick from Notre Dame. Tillery has really long arms and can really get after the quarterback. Imagine this defense if Tillery can provide interior pressure? Oh, boy.

Ready To Breakout: Hunter Henry

Now is the time for Hunter Henry to breakout. Instead of being known as a player who Stephen A Smith thinks is comparable to Virgil Green, it’s time for Henry to become a top 5 tight end in football. Henry spent this past year recovering from a torn ACL. Now it’s go time. Henry has the skill set to be an elite receiver. Knowing the Chargers history, Antonio Gates will find a way to steal his shine again. I have no idea how, but it will happen.

Rookie To Watch: Nasir Adderly

Nasir Adderly is truly a boom or bust prospect. Small school guy from Delaware that struggled at the Senior Bowl but the tape is off the charts. He also has NFL bloodlines. I think Adderly might be able to snag a fair share of picks. I’m not sure what else he can do. Fascinating to watch him pair with Derwin James.

Fantasy Sleeper: Mike Williams

Tyrell Williams signed with the Raiders this offseason which means more targets are up for grabs. Mike Williams should see every single one of them. The Clemson product was a touchdown hog in terms of fantasy scoring 10 as a 2nd/3rd option. The former first round pick is only improving and could be in line for a monster season. Williams has fantasy darling written all over him.