5 San Diego Chargers Players Who Could Make The Pro Bowl In 2014

5 San Diego Chargers Who Could Make The Pro Bowl In 2014

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The San Diego Chargers made a surprising postseason appearance in 2013 and head into the 2014 campaign with reason to believe they could take another step forward. San Diego is oftentimes overlooked nationally but undoubtedly has their share of high caliber players.

Here's a look at five Chargers who earn could Pro Bowl honors this season.

5. Ryan Mathews

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5. Ryan Mathews

San Diego Chargers Ryan Mathews
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Mathews has made one trip to Hawaii in his career (2011) and had an even better campaign in 2013 with 1,255 yards and six TDs but was one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs of the season. As San Diego's passing game continues to evolve into an elite unit, Mathews will increasingly gain more opportunities to excel in the running game with opposing defenses cheating in coverage. He's simply primed for greatness in 2014.

4. Donald Butler

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4. Donald Butler

San Diego Chargers Donald Butler
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San Diego's linebacking corps stands to take a huge stride forward in 2014 as they learn to gel as a unit. Butler heads into his fourth NFL campaign as a breakout candidate who can do a bit of everything at ILB. He had a solid 86 tackles in just 13 games in 2013 and made one interception. The Chargers' improved secondary should allow Butler to take more chances in coverage, leading to more picks.

3. Philip Rivers

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3. Philip Rivers

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Rivers was stellar in 2013 and heads into the 2014 campaign flying a bit under the radar nationally. He made his fifth career Pro Bowl appearance last season with 4,478 yards, and led all NFL QBs with a 69.5 completion percentage. Rivers has built an undeniable rapport with WR Keenan Allen, which could help him to his first 5,000-yard season in 2014.

2. Eric Weddle

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2. Eric Weddle

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Weddle earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2013 and is undoubtedly one of the NFL's top free safeties, if not the best. San Diego's improved linebacking corps should give Weddle more opportunities to ball hawk in center field when he does not have to cheat forward to help out against the run nearly as much. Weddle will, in all likelihood, make another trip to Hawaii in January and earn All-Pro honors again in 2014.

1. Keenan Allen

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1. Keenan Allen

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Allen was the biggest Pro Bowl snub in the NFL in 2013. The rookie WR did not really make an impression until Week 4, yet he still accumulated 1,046 yards and eight TDs and was one of the biggest contributing factors to San Diego's surprise playoff berth. Allen and Rivers will blossom into one of the game's top five passing duos in 2014, and Allen will make his first of many trips to Hawaii.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.


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