Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Pipkins named best-kept secret

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Bleacher Report recently named the best-kept secret for each team heading into the 2020 season. For the Los Angeles Chargers, it was tackle Trey Pipkins.

This offseason, the Los Angeles Chargers made a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball. For the first time in over a decade, Philip Rivers will not be the starting quarterback for the team, as they elected to go in a new direction.

As of now, Tyrod Taylor is the likely starting quarterback in Week 1. Taylor has some experience as a starter with the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns and has shown an ability to find ways to win games in the NFL.

However, Taylor will surely be looking over his shoulder, as the Chargers selected Justin Herbert with the 6th overall pick. Unless Taylor lights it up and the Chargers are winning a lot of games, Herbert is likely to see the field in 2020.

With some new faces in key positions, Bleacher Report recently named who is the best-kept secret on the team. B/R named tackle Trey Pipkins as that man.

Pipkins was selected by the Chargers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, as they liked his potential to develop into a strong tackle. Well, that time might be here for Pipkins.

This offseason, the Chargers moved Russell Okung, creating a void at the tackle position. They did sign Bryan Bulaga, but he has been a right tackle for years, and it is hard to envision him making a switch at this point in his career.

With some snaps under his belt in his rookie season, the Chargers could be relying heavily on Pipkins in his second season. As of now, it could be Pipkins who is the starting left tackle for the Chargers in 2020.

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Aside from quarterback, left tackle might be the most important position on the field, as they protect the blindside of the quarterback. For Pipkins, he allowed four sacks in just over 250 snaps last season, which isn’t a very good number. However, the franchise might believe in him, as they did move Okung without getting a replacement. Even though he is young and inexperienced, he could end up being the best-kept secret for the Chargers.