Los Angeles Chargers: Left Tackle Remains a Problem All Season Long
In March, the Chargers completed a curious trade in which they dealt left tackle Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers for right guard Trai Turner. Around the same time, the Chargers also signed former Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga to a three-year deal. Keep in mind, Bulaga plays right tackle.
So who’s going to protect the blindside for either Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert?
Okung spent three years with the Chargers, starting 30 of a possible 32 games at left tackle the first two seasons. Last year, though, he only appeared in six games. Trenton Scott, an undrafted rookie in his second season, took over for Okung, and appears poised to start 2020 holding down the position.
Good luck with that, Chargers.
The Broncos and Chiefs could have field days ransacking that side of the line if Scott is the starting left tackle. Worse for the Chargers, the team doesn’t appear to have any better internal candidate to replace Scott.
Turner and Bulaga should stabilize the right side of the line, and Dan Feeney is no slouch at left guard, by my goodness: left tackle looks like it will be a black hole all season for the Chargers.
Can Anthony Lynn and his offensive staff scheme around this glaring problem? They better hope so. Because if they don’t, and the Chargers offense falters this season, it seems pretty clear why that will be the case.