Chargers sixth-ranked rookie: Nasir Adderley
This ranking has nothing to do with the player Adderley is; in fact, talent alone would place him in the top three. But this ranking is solely thanks to his inability to play in any capacity for the Chargers at this point.
Adderley has not seen either of the team’s first two preseason games, and has not been practicing for weeks. The rookie was expected to start at free safety following the departure of Jahleel Addae; while that may remain true, he’s currently making up no ground behind Rayshawn Jenkins. Following the team’s loss to the Saints, Adderley isn’t even the team’s most discussed second or third string safety; those distinctions belong to Jaylen Watkins and Roderic Teamer. Adderley may not truly be behind either of them on the depth chart once he returns, but for now, he’s done next to nothing through the preseason.
Chargers fifth-ranked rookie: Cortez Broughton
Broughton finally began to flash in his second preseason game, appearing in 31 snaps on defense. His snaps were the most by any defensive tackle, an increase from a smaller workload last game. Registering a tackle and a quarterback hit, the rookie defensive lineman has yet to truly have a breakout game. With half the preseason to go, though, expect the disruptive interior force to find his groove.
Unfortunately, there’s another defensive tackle on this list stealing the show…