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Chargers and Saints: Who to watch in the second preseason game

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – AUGUST 25: Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers reaches for Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints after he fakes a punt and runs for a first down in the first quarter of the pre-season game at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 25: Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers reaches for Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints after he fakes a punt and runs for a first down in the first quarter of the pre-season game at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Chargers: Defense

Will anyone step up to challenge Michael Davis for the second starting corner spot? Trevor Williams missed the last game due to injury, and is the closest competitor (for now) who could uproot Davis. Brandon Facyson was the third-highest graded Chargers defensive player, and the only defensive back to register within the top five. With Jeff Richards not having a great night, Facyson could hold the role Davis once had when Jason Verrett, Hayward, and Williams were the three starters in front of him.

The main story will be the potential return of the team’s first and second-round picks, Jerry Tillery and Nasir Adderley. Tillery is the most likely of the two to see game action, and was seen practicing with the first-team unit last week. Adderley is dealing with a hamstring injury forcing him to miss practice, and according to Anthony Lynn, there’s no rush bringing him back:

Anthony Lynn on Nasir Adderley: “We don’t want to put him back there too soon and he does something really serious to the hamstring. So we’re going to give him time to get well because we know he can play.” #Chargers

— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) August 10, 2019

Drue Tranquill showed off exactly why many were so excited about him, but in this game the attention should turn to the team’s sixth-round pick, Emeke Egbule. With three tackles and a forced fumble, No. 51 did well on just 14 snaps. The team appears to prefer Uchenna Nwosu as a rusher, which truthfully appears to be a fantastic decision for a guy who had some great moments as a pass rusher last season. Though Egbule is the backup at outside linebacker to Nwosu on paper, could the Chargers use him differently and find a way to make his role more similar to that of Kyle Emanuel’s?

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