Quarterbacks Drew Brees, left, of the New Orleans Saints, and Philip Rivers of the Chargers, before a 2018 pre-season game. Photo credit: Los Angeles Chargers

ESPN ranked six Los Angeles Chargers among the 100 players their experts expect to have the most impact in 2019.

The Chargers open their season at 1 p.m. Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts.

The players, in the order they appeared on ESPN’s list, along with their 2018 ranking:

Local resident, quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, held the No. 11 spot.

ESPN’s top-ranked players include Aaron Donald, the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle, Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback and Khalil Mack, the Chicago Bears’ outside linebacker.

The Chargers are set to begin their third season in Carson since departing San Diego after the 2016 season.

Experts from Sports Illustrated predict they’ll finish second in the AFC West, with Kansas City taking the division. CBSSports.com, however, has them in third place with a .500 record.

The team is also marking its 60th anniversary by calling on fans to vote on top moments in Charger history.

– Staff reports

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