The Chargers, who have an impressive wide receiving corps and versatile running back group, are loaded with offensive firepower and were the fourth best offense in the league (total yards per game) in 2017. At the helm of this well-balanced offense is Philip Rivers, an elusive gunslinger with the ability to extend plays.
Lets explore the Chargers talented wide receiver group. Keenan Allen is an elite possession receiver, Mike Williams excels at high pointing the ball in the air, Travis Benjamin is a great field stretcher, Tyrell Williams is developing into a great route runner, Geremy Davis is an exceptional athlete, and Dylan Cantrell is a rookie with a massive catch radius. With the injury to Hunter Henry, the Chargers will rely on their depth at wide receiving if they want to repeat their title as the #1 passing offense (passing yards per game) in 2017.
Melvin Gordon is the lead back who continues to improve his receiving skills, Austin Ekeler is a scat back with big-play ability, Justin Jackson is a rookie with insane agility. Together they will lead the rushing attack, and hope to improve on being the 24th ranked rushing attack from 2017 (rushing yards per game).
The foundation to establishing a great running game and keeping Rivers upright, all starts with the offensive line. The Chargers acquired Mike Pouncey from Miami and have Forrest Lamp coming back from injury. If these guys can live up to their draft pedigree, they'll be a huge upgrade to the two weakest spots in the offensive line, center and right guard. In 2017, the center and right guard allowed the most quarterback pressures in the league, and the run blocking wasn’t much better. Pouncey and Lamp need to hit the ground running through training camp and start building chemistry immediately with Russell Okung, Dan Feeney, and Joe Barksdale. Unfortunately, the Chargers have struggled with their offensive line over the last decade. This trend should come to an end in 2018, and the offensive line should be able to pave out solid running lanes for Melvin Gordon and the rushing attack. Rivers will prove to be extremely dangerous if provided with a solid pocket from which to target his explosive receiving corps.