5 Unheralded San Diego Chargers Who Must Step Up in 2014

5 Unheralded San Diego Chargers Who Must Step Up in 2014

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The San Diego Chargers head into the 2014 season with lots of question marks. They barely squeaked into the playoffs in the last week of the season but were able to win their Wild Card game. They have a lot of youth on the roster mixed with some savvy veterans, but they will need some of that youth to step up next season if they are to be considered legitimate contenders.

5. Ladarius Green

Ladarius Green
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5. Ladarius Green

Ladarius Green
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Ladarius Green is one of the fastest tight ends in the NFL. He showed glimpses of his talent last year, and as Antonio Gates ages, he will be looked upon to become the tight end of the future. He is a good receiver but must become more consistent next season.

4. Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram
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4. Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram
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Melvin Ingram was hurt for much of last year, but he has immense talent rushing the passer. The Chargers have struggled to find an outside linebacker for their 3-4 scheme, and if Ingram can stay healthy, he would provide a huge boost to their sometimes nonexistent pass rush.

3. Marcus Gilchrist

Marcus Gilchrist
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3. Marcus Gilchrist

Marcus Gilchrist
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Marcus Gilchrist spent a lot of time at safety last year even though he is more of a cornerback. The secondary was a weak spot for the Chargers last year, and the team could use an improved year from Gilchrist. They need another playmaker, and Gilchrist could be the one to step up.

2. D.J. Fluker

D.J. Fluker
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2. D.J. Fluker

D.J. Fluker
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The massive right tackle had a very good year for the Chargers. Now he needs to take the next step and become a dominant tackle the Chargers can rely on. Their offensive line still struggles, but a young Fluker gives the Chargers hope for their future.

1. Corey Liuget

Corey Liuget
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1. Corey Liuget

Corey Liuget
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Corey Liuget does not get much attention as a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. The Chargers need their defensive linemen to cause more problems and help free their young linebackers out. Liuget is still young and has a lot of ability, but he needs to put it all together next season.


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