After a disappointing 2020 campaign, the Chargers made several big moves this offseason, including hiring Brandon Staley as their new head coach. It won’t be easy in the same division as the Chiefs but the Chargers should hang around wild card contention for most of this season. Now let’s jump into some true or false questions with the season only two months away.
Mike Williams will top 1,000 yards in 2021?
True. Williams is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make $15 million this season. Over his first four seasons with the Chargers, Williams has only reached the 1,000-yard mark once (back in 2019). Williams has established himself as one of the top contested catchers in the league on the bright side, with a 6’ 4”, 220-pound frame and spectacular jumping ability, Williams has established himself as one of the top contested catchers in the league. With Justin Herbert likely to improve and a new offensive scheme this year, Williams should easily hit 1,000 yards and potentially double-digit touchdowns as well.
Derwin James will win Comeback Player of the Year?
False. There’s no doubt James will return stronger than ever after missing last season with a torn meniscus, however, with several other prime candidates for Comeback Player of the Year-Saquon Barkley and Joe Burrow-it will be hard for him to win the hardware. That said, the last time James played a full season he racked up 105 tackles, three interceptions, and 3.5 sacks, while also earning a Pro-Bowl selection. Expect him to produce the better numbers and lead the Chargers’ defense to one of the best units in the league.
Jared Cook will thrive in Hunter Henry’s absence?
False. Cook has had tons of success throughout his 12 seasons in the NFL, especially in the last two seasons with the Saints. After signing with the Chargers this offseason, Cook is expected to fill the gaping hole of Hunter Henry, who signed with the New England Patriots. That considered, Chargers fans should lower their expectations with Cook. Last season, Hebert and Henry only connected for 613 yards and four touchdowns, much lower tight end production than the Bolts were used to with Phillip Rivers. Cook, who is 34 years old, should expect a small offensive role despite the Chargers’ lack of tight ends.
The Chargers will lead the league in takeaways in 2021?
True. Between two dominant defenders in James and Joey Bosa, several secondary and defensive linemen weapons, and the hiring of a defensive-minded head coach, the Chargers will force a lot of turnovers in 2o21. Last season, the Bolts averaged only 1.2 turnovers per game, ranking 22nd in the league. If they can avoid devastating injuries and buy into Staley’s system on defense, the Chargers could improve to nearly two takeaways per game and lead the league in 2021. It’s a stretch, but if there’s a team to bet on, it has to be the Chargers.
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