Chargers: Rayshawn Jenkins, safety/special teams
Though widely known by Chargers fans for being a safety, Jenkins is also a solid special teams contributor. In 2018, Jenkins registered the sixth-highest number of tackles on special teams in the NFL with 11. As a safety, Jenkins only played in 9.27 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, but the number could increase with the departure of Jahleel Addae.
The precedent for him making the Pro-Bowl: Adrian Phillips in 2018, who was both an All-Pro and Pro-Bowl player. Phillips made massive contributions to the defense as a safety and linebacker, but was voted into those award designations due to his work on special teams, where he led the NFL with 17 tackles. Jenkins has improved as a special teams contributor over his last two seasons, and an even stronger 2019 campaign could earn him a spot on the Pro-Bowl roster.
Chargers: Trevor Williams, corner
Williams had a 2017 campaign that ranked among the NFL’s best. As the unexpected second corner opposite Casey Hayward due to an injury to Jason Verrett, Williams grew from former undrafted free agent to legit starting corner almost instantly. His 56 combined tackles, 13 passes defended, and two interceptions as a lock-down player were everything a defensive coordinator could ask of their corner.
However, a lingering issue combined with declined play forced Williams out of the starting lineup and eventually onto injured reserve. It was a disappointing third season for a corner with high expectations.
This season, the Chargers will have an exciting training camp battle between Williams and last year’s eventual starter, Michael Davis. Both deserve a spot as the No. 2 next to Hayward, but Williams has shown to be the better of the two, although neither has a great sample size of games played. In a defense as high-profile as the Chargers, Williams may be forgotten in the Pro-Bowl voting, but he may also look better in 2019 because of that strong supporting cast.