October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) is tackled by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (96) during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers LB Jarret Johnson One Of Few Players On Defense Playing Well

San Diego Chargers LB Jarret Johnson is one of the few men on the defensive side of the football that has come out to play this season. Too bad he hasn’t had much support from the rest of the guys on the roster. Double-J has been a force at outside linebacker, setting the edge in the running game and this year he is getting pressure on the quarterback and reeling in the sacks.

That really hasn’t been part of repretoir in the past, but he has been getting after it this season. The highest single season sack total that he has had in his first 10 seasons in the league was 6. He has 4 in his first 5 games this season already. Last season he finished with 1.5 sacks.

He was beaten up pretty good in the Oakland Raiders game on Sunday. It looks like he hurt his shoulder when Manti Te’o and him collided on a tackle and then he left the game early with a hamstring injury. Losing Johnson for any amount of time would be a kill shot for our defense. We already are missing Dwight Freeney and the defense has already been hanging on by a thread with the players that they have, if we lost our best defensive player this season, we would be in a world of hurt.

We only face Andrew Luck this weekend. Luck may not get talked about as much as some of the other quarterbacks in the league, but he is as dangerous as some of those other guys. We will need Jarret Johnson back on the field to help provide that pressure.

Johnson has been thriving in the defensive scheme this season. Hope he is able to nurse that injury to 100% and will be able to knock down Andrew Luck and a whole other mess of quarterbacks in the near future.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    JJ should get Charger comeback player of the year, Alot of us wanted him to be cut in favor of faster younger guys in the offseason but man he has turned it around big time.

    Reyes on the other hand is starting to really look bad, read a article on how teams are actually game planning to run right at him because he is doing terrible in just about every possible way a DE can suck. That dude we got yesterday might take some snaps away from him and his a better run stuffer.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      but… jj over philip for that award? and Kendall has been a huge disappointment this season

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Oh ya no way, lol i meant Defensive comeback player.

        What do we do about Reyes?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          kick him in the junk…. it sucks that he is playing like this. I wondered if we gave him too much too soon. He looks like he is best at being a rotational guy at this time. The only option is to ride it out or have Lissemore or Guy play more. Antonio Garay?

          • tubbs45

            I think lissemore and guy are viable options

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            we need someone to step up at nose tackle…. i wish we would go after casey hampton and stick him in the middle… then cam and kendall can rotate and Liuget will get less bodies on him

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Wow Reyes PFF grade is -9.4 Dead last at his position and closest to that is -4.4, so he is more then double as bad as the next worst guy……Holy shit I knew he was playing bad but worst in the NFL bad? Crap

          • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

            Where you seen that at

          • tubbs45
    • tubbs45

      They are going away from Liuget, but Thomas hasn’t been great either.

    • Trey P

      I keep tryna tell yall all a long Reyes was not as good or smart as everybody made him to be plus rivera is coming back to coach thr d next year by pagano.

  • tubbs45

    JJ get in the oxygen tent stat! I hope he is able to roll Monday. I really want to see Keizer in there a bit. He has a great motor too…

  • tubbs45

    Don’t forget Sean Lissemore, he was very good when he was subbed in the rotation.

    • Gunnar Martin

      True, true. Hopefully he keeps playing like that and stays around for awhile. Oh, and how could I forget he’s got to STAY HEALTHY!!! What the heck is the deal with all these stupid season-ending injuries???

  • davacho

    i am worried that luck will run on us big time when flushed out of pocket… tough match up.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    It’s awesome that Double J is doing so well. Having said that, it’s very telling of how crappy our defense is that he is being talked about as our best defensive player so far. Hope that changes.

  • Cgoodness13

    JJ has been the only defense player I’ve seen playing with heart and fire, I think we need to revoke either Weddles or Butlers captain title and give it to JJ, though weddle and butler are way more athletic and talented I just haven’t seen anything from them when it’s comes to leadership.

    • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

      Your crazy, they been making all the tackles

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I know this isn’t going to be a popular statement, and people give all kinds of reasons & excuses why he isn’t playing well… but, I haven’t really been that impressed with Weddle’s play this season. He’s my 3rd favorite player on the team, too. I don’t see the pro-bowl for him, unless he starts ballin’ out. Been a little flat, honestly.
      So has Butler. He had 3 penalties in the Texans game, and didn’t really play that well. Not a good look for the young Captain. One of them was for lazily trotting to the sideline, and we got called for 12 men on the field. The announcers were saying how it was unacceptable. I agree.