Chargers offense: Moving down
This feels less like a moving down the depth chart and more like a “stock down” for the following players. For most, it’s unlikely anyone is jumping them on the depth chart, but they either played poorly or contributed very little in their first appearance of 2019.
Geremy Davis and Artavis Scott are competing for the fourth wide receiver spot on this roster, and were given 56 total snaps on offense combined. The result: One rush for zero yards, and one reception for three yards. That’s not going to win anyone a job in the NFL, though it’s unlikely a player like Dupre is going to overtake them on the dept chart.
The offensive tackles weren’t particularly good in pass protection, though the mobility of the Chargers’ quarterbacks and the great play from Austin Ekeler were enough to keep a few drives going. But again, no one is replacing Trent Scott or Sam Tevi for now, so they aren’t exactly moving down the depth chart any time soon.
Cardale Jones is this year’s practice squad quarterback again, and should not be ahead of Stick on the depth chart. Trading for him was a low-risk move years ago, but he’s done nothing but move laterally in trying to progress as a quarterback. He should be guaranteed to move down the depth chart. Should…
Chargers defense: Moving up
Chris Peace should be given a few more looks in the next game, though he played the fourth-most defensive snaps against the Cardinals. Per the original unofficial depth chart, Peace was behind Patrick Afriyie as the teams’ third-string defensive end. Following a night with a sack and a number of pressures, he’s likely to move up soon.
Drue Tranquill was listed as the team’s third-string MIKE behind Nick Dzbubnar, and turned in probably the best overall performance from any linebacker in just his first preseason game. The one issue is Dzubnar, who actually led the team in total tackles. However, Tranquill proved immediately he fits in as a coverage linebacker, picking off the Cardinals’ quarterback off pure recognition and execution alone. He moves comfortably in space, and should be given the opportunity to jump Dzubnar on the depth chart.