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Six Chargers Predicted to Be Among Best in the NFL

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On Monday morning, ESPN released their predictions for who will be the Top 100 players in the NFL this season. Six Chargers made the list, tying the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars for second-most amount of players ranked. The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are the only teams with more (seven).

Coming in at No. 14, the highest ranked Charger is Joey Bosa. The 23-year-old has 23 sacks over the past two seasons and ranks fourth in the league in sacks. Bosa's other half, Melvin Ingram, clocked in at No. 55. The two make up one the best edge-rushing duos in the league. Ingram made the first Pro Bowl of his career last year, and ended the season with 10.5 sacks and 43 total tackles.

Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers ranked at No. 45. Rivers has accumulated 50,348 regular-season passing yards over his career, which is ninth most in NFL history. He's 1,127 yards away from passing Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (51,475). Rivers ended the 2017 season with 4,515 yards, the fourth time he's had an over-4,500 passing yard season.

Other Chargers who cracked the list are Keenan Allen (53), Casey Hayward (66) and Melvin Gordon (72).

Allen set a franchise record with 102 catches, and also led the team in receiving yards (1,393) in 2017. He became the first player in NFL history to have 90-plus catches and an interception in one season.

Hayward followed up a huge 2016 season with another remarkable one last year. He ended the season with four interceptions and 33 total tackles. He has 20 total career interceptions, placing him at fourth-most since entering the league in 2012.

Last year, Gordon ran for 1,105 yards, making it his first 1,000-yard season. He also set career highs with 58 receptions and four touchdown catches.

Both Allen and Gordon were unranked last year. Hayward made the biggest leap in the rankings of any Chargers player, jumping from 100 to 66.

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