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Projected 2014 starters: San Diego Chargers

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San Diego Chargers Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
NT
Sean Lissemore
WR1
DE
WR2
OLB
TE1
ILB
TE2
ILB
LT
OLB
LG
CB1
C
CB2
RG
SS
RT
FS

» The expected return of Malcom Floyd gives the Chargers' receiving group a boost after a quiet offseason. It wouldn't be a surprise if he beats out Vincent Brown for a starting job.

» San Diego has a thin wideout group, but it could boast the best tight end combination in the league with Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green. Look for Green to be a breakout player this year; his skills after the catch are incredible.

» The Chargers struggled to find a pass rush from the outside late last season. Now, they look much deeper at outside linebacker, especially if Dwight Freeney can regain his form from early last season. Promising third-year pro Melvin Ingram is also coming off a torn ACL. They traded up to take Jeremiah Attaochu, who was the last true 3-4 OLB on the board at the time. This group could get much better, which should make up for some natural decline on the offense.

» Ryan Mathews is listed as our stater, but Danny Woodhead plays nearly as many snaps because of his proficiency on passing downs.

» The Chargers changed offensive coordinators and did not have a splashy draft or free-agent period. Another playoff run will be an uphill climb.

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