The Los Angeles Chargers had their eyes set on protecting their franchise quarterback, Justin Herbert, after his stellar Offensive Rookie of the Year season. Wasting no time, they selected Rashawn Slater in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and added another talented offensive lineman, Zion Johnson, in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. These two linemen are poised to lay the foundation and shield Herbert at all costs.
Slater has already made an impressive mark in his young career, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2021. Despite facing a season-ending bicep injury that limited his appearances in 2022, he is geared up for a strong comeback in 2023. Johnson, stepping in for Slater during his absence, earned a respectable overall grade of 64.8 from PFF in his first season. With Slater’s return, the duo aims to push each other to become one of the best offensive lines in the league.
During a media interaction, Johnson spoke highly of Slater’s leadership and talent, emphasizing his ability to recover from difficult situations and make things right on the field. The camaraderie between the two young linemen should create a formidable brick wall, offering solid protection to Herbert, especially on his blindside.
LA’s offensive line is expected to shine, thanks in large part to the young talents on the left side, Slater at left tackle, and Johnson moving to left guard. Alongside the experienced Corey Linsley at center, Jamaree Salyer at right guard, and Trey Pipkins III at right tackle, the Chargers boast a lineup capable of being one of the best in the league.
With such a talented and cohesive offensive line, Chargers fans can look forward to an exciting season ahead. The protection provided by Slater, Johnson, and the rest of the team will undoubtedly play a crucial role in unleashing the full potential of star quarterback Justin Herbert. As the Chargers aim to make a mark in the upcoming season, the young linemen stand ready to ensure Herbert’s safety and success on the field.