Oakland Raiders vs. AFC West: Linebackers

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4. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers could have a pretty good linebackers group. The trouble is, they rarely seem to be on the field together long enough for us to know for certain.

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  • Two of their four starting linebackers – and arguably, their two best – in Manti Te’o and Melvin Ingram, both missed extensive time in 2014. For Ingram, it’s his second straight year of having most of his season wiped out by injury.

    As a rookie in 2014, Jeremiah Attaochou, while filling in for injured players, recorded ten tackles and a couple of sacks. The coaches are high on Attaochou and are expecting him to make a big jump this season. And of course, given the medical history of San Diego’s linebackers, he will likely have plenty of opportunities to do just that.

    To address their lack of depth issue, the Chargers drafted Denzel Perryman out of Miami, and Kyle Emanuel out of North Dakota State in this year’s draft. Should they make the final roster, they aren’t likely to see much playing time. Unless of course, the injury bug bites the Chargers again. Which it could.

    When healthy, the Chargers have a pretty good linebackers group. Not dominant, but pretty good. The problem is, they can’t seem to stay healthy which makes them a little less than good, and certainly lagging behind the rest of the division.

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