2. Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, second Pro Bowl selection
If his postseason performance against the Ravens was any indication, Ingram was destined for Orlando this season.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection was undoubtedly the Chargers best player in their Wild Card round match in Baltimore. Ingram was a menace in his effort to contain quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Gus Edwards, who were the driving forces of the Ravens’ jaw-dropping rushing attack.
But the Chargers pass rusher did not bolt his way to a Pro Bowl selection because of that performance. He earned it with a standout regular season as one of L.A.’s premier defensive players.
In 16 games played, the North Carolina-born defensive end recorded seven sacks and 43 combined tackles. Ingram also notched 28 solo tackles and one forced fumble. His finest performance came in Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders when he had five solo tackles, a sack, and his only interception of the season.
Ingram had one of his strongest outings in arguably the Chargers’ biggest win of the regular season. The Bolts 29-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs saw the veteran pass rusher rack up three combined tackles and 1.5 sacks. His sack total is impressive given that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was sacked just 26 times in 2018.
Although his sack total declined by 3.5 from 2017, Ingram was still one of the Chargers’ best defensive players this season. Expect Ingram to nab a sack or two in the Pro Bowl.