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Why corner may become worrisome for the Chargers this season

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots in action against Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers during their AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots in action against Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers during their AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Chargers corners vs the Patriots

Drive 1 (rushing touchdown):

  1. White for 17 yards. n/a
  2. Edelman for 24 yards. King washed out by Gronkowski.
  3. Michel for nine yards. Hayward makes initial contact on receiver following reception, then gives up four more yards for first down.
  4. White for 10 yards. Davis drops, Brady attacks zone. Scheme?
  5. White for 17 yards. Shovel pass, all defensive backs blocked up.
  6. Incomplete pass. n/a
  7. White for six yards. King lets man run past the sticks on third down. Should have held first-down line better.
  8. White for four yards. n/a
  9. Hayward defensive pass interference.

Drive 2 (rushing touchdown):

  1. Incomplete pass. n/a
  2. White for -3 yards. n/a
  3. Edelman for 14 yards. Hayward gives up first down.
  4. Edelman for 14 yards. n/a

Drive 3 (passing touchdown):

  1. Incomplete pass. n/a
  2. Edelman for 11 yards. King is knocked over for the first down by ball-carrier.
  3. Edelman for 17 yards. Run sell out, so no one covers receiver. Scheme?
  4. Incomplete pass. n/a
  5. Dorsett for 11 yards. Davis drops along sideline, no one takes Dorsett across the middle.
  6. Hogan for five yards. Hayward’s man.
  7. Dorsett receiving touchdown. King with initial coverage, but it looks like Jenkins should have helped him over the top.

Drive 4 (rushing touchdown): 

  1. White for 25 yards. Screen. All defensive backs are run over.
  2. Incomplete pass. Holding penalty on King.

Drive 5 (rushing touchdown):

  1. Edelman for 19 yards. Davis follows here, gives up play.
  2. Dorsett for nine yards. Davis lets Dorsett cross first-down marker before ending his drop.

Plays marked n/a are those where the corners had no real impact on the play. Sometimes a ball would be dropped, or Melvin Ingram knocked a ball down, or Jahleel Addae was on the coverage.

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