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Lessons from Chargers preseason loss against Saints

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes an interception in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes an interception in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers Defense

Standouts:

Roderic Teamer, Safety (36): Teamer had another good performance on Sunday against the Saints. He continues to show his ability to always be near the ball, racking up six tackles and 0.5 sacks. Teamer was on the field for 49 defensive snaps at multiple positions and also played well on special teams, finishing with a defensive grade of 80.3 according to Pro Football Focus. Teamer seems to have that energy and aggressiveness that fits right in with the “Jackboyz”. With the unfortunate news about Derwin James, Teamer has a chance to make the final roster and be another body at the safety position while also playing on special teams.

Anthony Lanier, Defensive End (90): Lanier had a great performance on Sunday, showing his insane speed for a man of his size (listed at 6’6, 285 pounds). Lanier seemed to be in the backfield every other play, including an awesome sack on an attempted two-point conversion by the Saints. He flew off the edge of the line and brought down the extremely elusive Taysum Hill before Hill could even react. With the standout defensive end from last week, Chris Peace, not playing on Sunday due to injury, Lanier took full advantage of the opportunity and showed he has a chance to make the final 53, potentially adding more depth to the already stacked group of edge rushers.

NOT TODAY. pic.twitter.com/EOAfuC9ADA

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 18, 2019

Jerry Tillery, Defensive Tackle (99):  First-round selection Jerry Tillery gave Chargers fans a glimpse of what he can bring to the middle of the defensive line. No. 99 came off the ball and used his great hands to finesse by the Saints line and aggressively bring down Taysum Hill. Tillery is a giant standing at 6’6 and weighing 295 pounds, and with his speed, range, and ability to rush the passer, he could prove to be a steal from this year’s draft.

Jaylen Watkins, Safety (27): Sunday was the one-year anniversary of Jaylen Watkins tearing his ACL, and the safety came up big in Sunday’s game. It is more of a standout play than a standout game, but it was great to see Watkins get on the field and make a play after a tough last season for him. Watkins showed his quick reflexes and hands as he picked off Teddy Bridgewater on the two-yard line, which led to a Cardale Jones-led 98-yard touchdown drive.

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