Chargers defense: Moving down
T.Y. McGill is moving down the depth chart, but not exactly for his on the field performance. On Tranquill’s interception, McGill was the one applying pressure directly in the face of the quarterback. Unfortunately, he’s got one thing going against him: Jerry Tillery is returning. Tillery returned to practice and was already running with the first-team defense, suggesting the Chargers have zero interest in easing in their rookie defensive tackle.
Jaylen Watkins has been regularly unavailable through most of training camp, and is going to be passed up by rookie safety Nasir Adderley if he can’t play.
There won’t be much more movement down the depth chart until more games are played. The depth at corner looks a little worrisome for now, though any team expecting their fifth or sixth corner to come in and start is already looking for trouble.
Throughout training camp and the next preseason game, be on the look out for (hopefully) some shuffling of the depth chart. It’s imperative that either Davis or Scott put up some kind of fight in the team’s next contest, as they were nearly non-factors on Thursday. The return of two rookies, Tillery and Adderley, could change the makeup of the defensive depth chart very soon. As for now, the players to watch who could make the most notable depth chart jumps are Tranquill, Peace, and Stick. Will the Chargers’ coaching staff give these ascending players more starting opportunities in the team’s next game, or will they wait until the third game where more starters play for a longer duration?