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5 Early Predictions for the San Diego Chargers’ 2014 Season

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San Diego Chargers: 5 Early Predictions for the 2014 Season

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The San Diego Chargers enter the 2014 season chasing after the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, but has the team done enough during the 2014 offseason to compete in the vastly improved AFC West? Here are five early predictions for the Chargers in the 2014 season.

5. TE Ladarius Green Finally Breaks Out

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5. TE Ladarius Green Finally Breaks Out

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TE Ladarius Green flashed incredible athleticism during his first few seasons in the NFL and has surely teased Chargers fans over that time span. Playing behind a future Hall of Fame TE in Antonio Gates, Green has yet to be the full-time starting TE for the Chargers. While he will not get that opportunity this season, Green will finally break out of his shell and show Chargers fans that the future is bright at the TE position.

4. OLB Melvin Ingram Plays All 16 Games

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4. OLB Melvin Ingram Plays All 16 Games

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Melvin Ingram has been a great player ever since being selected in the first round by the Chargers just a few years back. His only problem is that he has been unable to stay fully healthy. Once seen as an athletic freak, Ingram, if he can stay healthy, can become one of the league's most feared pass rushers. This season he will do just that by staying healthy for all 16 games en route to 11.5 sacks.

3. CB Jason Verrett Leads The Team In Interceptions

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3. CB Jason Verrett Leads The Team In Interceptions

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The Chargers struggled defending the pass last season and decided to spend their first round pick on one of the draft's best corners in Jason Verrett. Verrett arguably has the highest upside out of all of the corners from this past draft class and could be the team's best corner immediately. Verrett's ability to play bigger than he is will lead to a team-leading six interceptions and quite the rookie season for the young corner.

2. QB Philip Rivers Will Have Another Career Year

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2. QB Philip Rivers Will Have Another Career Year

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Last season QB Philip Rivers had a career year and arguably could (probably should) have won the MVP award. Rivers played incredibly well despite having very young and inconsistent talent around him. Rivers will have another career season this year en route to 4,500-plus passing yards, 40-plus touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Why you ask? Well because of the success this next guy will have.

1. RB Ryan Mathews Will Prove 2013 Was No Fluke

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1. RB Ryan Mathews Will Prove 2013 Was No Fluke

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RB Ryan Mathews, like Rivers, also had a career year last season for the Chargers and actually stayed healthy for the majority of the year. Mathews ran the ball well and was quite involved via the passing game. He will put together another solid season for the Chargers en route to 1,300-plus rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. Look for Mathews to assert himself as one of the league's top running backs; he's that good.