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Chargers versus Cardinals: Who to watch this Thursday

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch for a touchdown in front of cornerback Bene' Benwikere #23 of the Arizona Cardinals to trail 10-7 in the second quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch for a touchdown in front of cornerback Bene' Benwikere #23 of the Arizona Cardinals to trail 10-7 in the second quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Williams #24 (L) and Rayshawn Jenkins #23 (C) of the Los Angeles Chargers stand with their teammates before taking the field to warm up prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Williams #24 (L) and Rayshawn Jenkins #23 (C) of the Los Angeles Chargers stand with their teammates before taking the field to warm up prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers defense

At this point, the Chargers have only two positions engaged in a training camp battle: Corner and free safety. There may be a battle to come at defensive tackle when Jerry Tillery returns and Cortez Broughton is given a chance, but for now it looks like Justin Jones and Brandon Mebane are the team’s starting interior duo.

This writer has seen all of one live practice thus far, and in that practice the defense was on the other side of the field. One thing that was noticed: A lot of Trevor Williams on special teams. Maybe Davis on special teams was missed, but it looked like No. 24 was with that unit more often. When Davis became the second starter opposite Hayward, Williams took over more of a special teams role. Davis had played roughly 60 percent of the special teams snaps for the first half of the season; however, in two games where Williams was active and Davis was the starter (Week 8 and 12), Williams saw a higher number of special teams reps while being given just one defensive snap. Is it a trend expected to continue?

It feels like Davis has made more of an impact thus far, though Williams has been reportedly very positive as well. In this Thursday matchup, Hayward may not play more than a series or two, leaving the competing duo on opposite ends of the field (they were both on the field in the below video) against the Cardinals’ receivers. Who comes out on top?

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The free safety battle has been not much of a battle thus far, as Jaylen Watkins is not practicing at all and rookie Nasir Adderley is off and on with his practices. For now, Rayshawn Jenkins seems to have a firm grip on the starting job, though it is possible he gives that up to the rookie in due time. If Jenkins is the better Week 1 option, it would be great for fans to see it on the field.

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