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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Jatavis Brown #57 of the San Diego Chargers in the 1st quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Jatavis Brown #57 of the San Diego Chargers in the 1st quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 13: Jatavis Brown #57 and Korey Toomer #56 of the San Diego Chargers tackle C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 13: Jatavis Brown #57 and Korey Toomer #56 of the San Diego Chargers tackle C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jatavis Brown leads team in tackles

Despite having what many fans and analysts considered to be a down year last season, linebacker Jatavis Brown still tied for second on the team in tackles with 79. In fact, that number is identical to the amount he posted as a rookie the year prior.

However, many fans feel he’s not a fit in Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme. I say that’s incorrect and in 2018, Brown will prove that.

Though he didn’t have the forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks last year that he did during his rookie campaign, his stat line between the two seasons isn’t much different.

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Behind Perryman and second-round pick Uchenna Nwosu, the Chargers don’t have great depth at linebacker. Brown will prove himself to be a better option in the starting lineup than either Hayes Pullard or Kyle Emanuel and the team will go with  Perryman, Nwosu and Brown as its starting linebackers.

The fact that Pullard was given as much playing time as he was last season was a real headscratcher. I feel the defense will be a little different this season with Nwosu, Kyzir White and Derwin James on the roster.

Still, Brown will fly around and make plays like he did in 2016 and will see much more than the 48.1 percent of defensive snaps he was given last year.

Brown has had back-to-back seasons with 79 total tackles. In 2018, that number will balloon to over 100 and he’ll lead the team in that category.

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