The San Diego Chargers come in at 16th in the AP's rankings, and that is simply far too low. The Chargers did as much as anyone to improve their roster in the offseason.
They improved their defense by signing outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, safety Atari Bigby and defensive tackle Abrayo Franklin, as well as drafting outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, safety Brandon Taylor and defensive end Kendall Reyes.
Offensively, they replaced the departed Vincent Jackson by signing receivers Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal and Roscoe Parrish. They also added fullback Le'Ron McClain and running backs Jackie Battle and Ronnie Brown to their backfield.
This Chargers team is far better than the 2011 version. And thanks to the addition of McClain, Johnson, Ingram, Reyes and Taylor, it has much more character too. Meanwhile, quarterback Philip Rivers is poised for a bounce-back season, and tight end Antonio Gates is finally fully healthy.
San Diego will surprise people this year.