Though the Los Angeles Chargers lost their preseason opener, there were plenty of bright spots.
The Chargers were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 17-13 but two of the quarterbacks who played for the team did some great things, bringing hopes of what could be.
But on the defensive side of the ball, one of the team’s young, relatively unknown players had a good night.
The Chargers have two of the league’s mist gifted pass rushers off the edge in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. But recently, and most certainly last season, the Chargers didn’t really have anyone to spell those two guys outside of Isaac Rochell.
One thing no NFL team will tell you that you can have too much of is pass rushers. Getting consistent pressure off the edge is the name of the game in today’s pass-friendly NFL.
Peace showed signs of being able to be that kind of player for the Chargers.
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Against Arizona, Peace was constantly applying pressure on the quarterback and got home once, earning his first NFL sack. The fact that he and Rochell each had a sack in the game is highly encouraging.
But Peace, in particular, was extremely quick off the snap and at times looked like he was shot out of a cannon. As good as he played, it’s hard to believe he wasn’t drafted. Back when I did my undrafted spotlight on Peace, I essentially gave him a 40 percent chance of cracking the 53-man roster.
That number went up considerably after just one preseason game.
Peace is a straight-line, situational pass rusher, but the Chargers have a luxury of having a great option at nearly every defensive position. Peace looks like a solid option to add depth.
Peace doesn’t just have a great last name, he’s got some game too. He will be one of the more fun players to keep tabs on as the regular season approaches.