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Have the TE changes at LA improved the depth at that position?

Have the TE changes at LA improved the depth at that position?

This offseason, the Los Angeles Chargers made some big moves. ChargersWire’s Gavino Borquez analyzed those decisions and determined if there was an upgrade or downgrade at each position.

Los Angeles lost tight end Gerald Everrett after he decided to sign with the Chicago Bears during free agency.

Everett, who wore the Chargers uniform for two seasons, was a key asset in Los Angeles’ passing game. Last season, he caught 51 of 70 passes and totaled 411 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per pass. He scored three touchdowns and had 25 first downs in 15 games. Everett averaged 3.3 yards per rushing attempt and had 10 yards on three rushing attempts. Now he has joined Chicago, along with former Chargers wide receiver and six-time Pro Bowler Keenan Allen.

As replacements, the Chargers signed former Seahawk tight end Will Dissly and former Panther tight end Hayden Hurst to fill the void left by Everett’s departure.

“Hurst offers advantages as a receiver, but can also block. In a new offense where blocking tight ends are indispensable, they have signed one of the best in that department with Dissly,” writes Borquez.

Dissly received a run-blocking grade of 77.2 and a pass-blocking grade of 83.5 from ProFootballFocus last season, which ranks second among tight ends with at least 20 percent of the snaps this season, according to Chargers.com.

Both Hurst and Dissly average more yards per pass reception than Everrett, at 10.2 and 10.1, respectively. Hurst caught 18 of 32 passes for a total of 184 yards, one touchdown and seven first downs in nine games last season. Dissly caught 17 of 22 passes for a total of 172 yards, one touchdown and eight first downs.

With the signing of Hurst and Dissly, the Chargers’ changes to their group of tight ends received the approval of Borquez, who decided the changes were for the better.

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