Though Chargers safety Derwin James was featured by a recent Sports Illustrated article, a few of his teammates were wrongfully snubbed.
The Chargers are used to being forgotten by members of the media, and a recent Sports Illustrated article highlights just that. Though it did include All-World safety Derwin James, there were a number of Chargers who were surprisingly left off an article featuring the NFL’s All-25-and-Under Team (players who were 25 or younger as of June 1st). The author, Andy Benoit, did well in explaining his choices and how he would build his team using the available players; it’s just hard to imagine some of these Bolts being left off the list entirely.
Here are some of the Chargers (going by ages from the Chargers website) who were snubbed:
Mike Williams, Wide Receiver
Who he could replace: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
This one isn’t much of a problem, as Boyd did have more receptions and yards than Williams in 2018. Although Williams had to work in an offense with much more talent to have to get the ball to, Boyd was a receiver with Andy Dalton and Jeff Driskel as his quarterbacks. Williams had a much better second year (Boyd was drafted in 2016), though, and his 11 total touchdowns in 2018 are more than Boyd has had his entire career.
Hunter Henry, Tight End
Who he could replace: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
34 receptions, 552 yards, and three touchdowns don’t warrant a spot over Hunter Henry, who is by stats and analytics a very efficient yet dominant tight end in the league. The case against Henry is likely injuries, which kept him out of the entire regular season last year. However, the Chargers tight end had better statistical seasons in either of his two eligible years than Andrews had in just his one season. And in an offense with Lamar Jackson as the passer, his ceiling is not nearly as high. Though Andrews was a solid run-blocking tight end for the Ravens last season, Henry is just as capable but is much more dominant as a receiver.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) November 23, 2017
Desmond King, Defensive Back
Who he could replace: Kenny Moore, Indianapolis Colts
It’s a tough list to find someone to replace, but King deserves to be on here. An All-Pro last season, King function as both an elite slot corner and dynamic game-changer with his knack for scoring on turnovers. Pro Football Focus’ second-ranked corner belongs on this list.
Joey Bosa, Defensive End
Who he could replace: Anyone
Joey Bosa's 21.2% pressure rate is the highest among edge defenders since the 2016 season pic.twitter.com/HvX7s608k6
— PFF (@PFF) May 19, 2019
Danielle Hunter, Myles Garrett, Yannick Ngakoue, and T.J. Watt are all great players who deserve a spot on this list. However, it’s hard to imagine building a defense without immediately thinking of Joey Bosa. Bosa leads Garrett in both sacks and tackles when comparing their first two years in the NFL, and had more sacks in his first two seasons than Hunter and Watt.