The 2020 NFL season will bring some significant change for the Los Angeles Chargers. For the first time since the 2005 season, they'll open the year with a quarterback other than Philip Rivers.
The common thought is that they'll be targeting a rookie quarterback, like Justin Herbert, early in the 2020 NFL Draft, but for now Tyrod Taylor is slotted to be their starter.
Taylor thinks he deserves that job, and he has some bold ideas about how good this offense can be if he gets it.
The Chargers may have only been a 5-win team in 2019, but Taylor has a point. This offense has a ton of talent, and Taylor won't be hurting for a supporting cast.
They lost Melvin Gordon, but Austin Ekeler showed last year that he can be a true lead back, putting up massive numbers during Gordon's holdout in 2019. They still have one of the league's premier wide receiver duos in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, and they have a top-tier tight end in Hunter Henry.
Taylor hasn't been a full-time starting QB since he left the Buffalo Bills after the 2017 season, but his three years with the Bills showed he is a capable starter. During that three-year stretch he averaged 7.4 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A), which, for context, would have ranked No. 13 among qualifying passers in 2019 — just one spot behind Aaron Rodgers. Rivers, meanwhile has averaged fewer than 7.4 AY/A in four of the last six seasons.
Taylor also offers plenty of value with his legs. In those three seasons as a starter he averaged 35.8 rushing yards per game, putting up at least 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground each year.
Taylor may not be the long-term answer for the Chargers, but he's fared well as a full-time starter at the NFL level, and he'd enter the 2020 season with a strong cast of skill-position players around him.
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