Every week, theScore will go division by division, highlighting which three gamers’ efficiency will most impression their workforce’s season in 2017.
Which season provides the most effective gauge of Melvin Gordon? His rookie season through which he scratched out fewer than 650 dashing yards and by no means reached the top zone, or 2016, when he almost ran for 1,000 yards and hit pay dust 10 occasions?
The Chargers are hoping Gordon broke out of his shell final season and can show himself to be the highest operating again he was drafted to be. The backfield is his. The Chargers allowed Danny Woodhead to maneuver on by way of free company, leaving Gordon because the undisputed No. 1 again.
He’ll have a former operating backs coach as his head coach this yr, as Los Angeles hopes to empty all the untapped potential out of its 2015 first-spherical decide.
Bosa had arguably the most important impression on the workforce final yr, in his rookie season, no much less.
A lot of the early portion of the season was spent speculating on when Bosa would signal, and when he might subsequently play for the Chargers. He proved to be well worth the wait, as he racked up 10.5 sacks in 12 video games and corralled the Defensive Rookie of the Yr award within the course of.
Bosa accounted for almost one-third of the group’s sacks in 2016. In 2017, he’ll share possession of the protection with Melvin Ingram. Whether or not he takes a step again or continues his ascent, the Chargers will probably transfer in lockstep with him.
Allen’s last two seasons have been reduce brief by accidents. A lacerated kidney ended a promising 2015 marketing campaign after eight video games, and he suffered a torn ACL within the opening week in 2016. In each years, the Chargers struggled and suffered at the least eleven losses.
Allen stays a candidate to turn into one of many league’s greatest receivers, however the Chargers first want him to place collectively a full marketing campaign.
L.A. owns a roster able to competing within the robust AFC West, however with out Allen, it might be too tall a activity. He is anticipated to steer a receiving group that includes first-spherical draft decide Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, and Dontrelle Inman. Take Allen out of the combination, and there is a appreciable drop in general expertise.
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