Los Angeles Chargers
Will Philip Rivers bounce back?
Then-San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led the NFL with 21 interceptions last year, en route to an 87.9 passer rating — the lowest it has been since Rivers’ 2007 campaign (82.4).
Yes, Rivers was under pressure a lot last year, taking 36 sacks and lacking elite-level receiving weapons across the board. In all, San Diego’s offense still managed to boast the eighth-best passing numbers in the league (4,198 yards).
At 35 years old, though, Rivers’ timetable for getting the now-Los Angeles Chargers into the playoffs is diminishing. And it won’t get any easier within the AFC West.
Fortunately, he’ll have the services of former Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams who, at one time, was considered the best receiving prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. Paired with veteran receiver Keenan Allen (let’s hope he stays healthy), L.A. could boast one of the more exciting wideout tandems in the NFL this year.
But this puts pressure on Rivers to perform much, much better than what was seen a year ago.
The move to Los Angeles doesn’t help matters. Ownership will want results quickly, and one can bet the team is already thinking about life post-Rivers.