The Los Angeles Chargers' projected 53-man roster is full of a few certainties (Justin Herbert at quarterback for one and Joey Bosa at defensive everything for another) but the rest are educated predictions as the Chargers head into training camp. Injuries are always a factor (see Derwin James Jr. last summer) and breakout performances are bound to happen once camp starts.
It's also certain that the Chargers will have a better lineup with which to work. With new head coach Brandon Staley in charge and calling the defensive plays as a head coach for the first time for the Chargers since the late Marty Schottenheimer era of the early 2000s, the Chargers will have a bonafide defensive leader. He turned the Los Angeles Rams into the best defense in the league ... and knows the value of having a young, emerging quarterback. So, why not the Chargers?
Here's a 53-man roster projection:
Because of what happened just before the start of the second game last season, when a team doctor punctured the lung of starter Tyrod Taylor, the legend of Herbert began. Stick was with the team all last season (now in his third year) and Daniel is a veteran who knows new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense from his time with the New Orleans Saints. Don't expect the Chargers to take any chances at this position.