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Los Angeles Chargers 2017 Outlook

The Los Angeles Chargers hope to stay abreast with the other three teams in what is expected to be a highly competitive AFC West division.

While the Chargers must share their new stadium with the Rams starting in 2020, the team leased a huge office and over 3 acres of land for its training facilities for preseason.

The Chargers will have several old faces return mixed with new faces for the 2017 NFL regular season. Antonio Gates was expected to retire, but the 37-year old tight end and future Hall of Famer has returned.

The Chargers nonetheless drafted Hunter Henry from Arkansas to replace Gates, and this will give Henry a chance to learn the position from the best.

Last year the Chargers were distracted by the Joey Bosa hold out as he did not sign until a week before the regular season began, but this year the Chargers were one of the first NFL teams to sign their top draft pick.

The team signed five of seven picks, including Mike Williams their top pick. The former receiver with Clemson will give veteran quarterback Philip Rivers one more target to throw at, if he is not lost to injury for the season.

Rivers threw too many interceptions last season that could have been blamed on the lack of protection given him by his offensive line. No other team over the last three seasons has allowed more pass pressures than the Chargers. Because of that, the Chargers used draft picks to shore up their offensive line.

Los Angeles therefore selected Forrest Lamp out of Western Kentucky, who by some was considered the best offensive lineman in the 2017 draft and Dan Feeney from Indiana.

The Chargers were hit hard last season by injuries. They finished last season at 5-11 and had placed 21 players on their injured reserve list, including starters like Keenan Allen the talented wide receiver, Jason Verrett a cornerback and Brandon Mebane a defensive tackle.

Melvin Gordon the top rusher for the team did not finish the regular season. He returns this season healthy and should help relieve pressure off Rivers if the offensive line makes holes for him to run through.

Defensively the Chargers will be led by Bosa who has become a talented pass rusher on the defensive line. The secondary will be new and could take time to adjust to one another.

The likelihood is the Chargers will need some luck to finish higher than third or fourth.

Chargers odds

AFC West – 4 to 1

AFC Championship – 33 to 1

Super Bowl LII – 60 to 1

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Saturday, August 12th, 2017 2017 NFL

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