Chargers battle to watch: Justin Jones vs Jerry Tillery
You know who looked good against the Saints? Former third-round pick Justin Jones. You know who else looked good? First-round pick Jerry Tillery. And they both play defensive tackle.
Fans wanted Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy, but the Chargers held firm and opted to go with player development. Against the Saints, Jones was disruptive as both a pass rusher and run stopper, showing off a bit of that Pro-Bowl potential Brandon Mebane said he had earlier this offseason. Tillery, in just 21 snaps, looked just as impressive.
Jones will ultimately be listed as the team’s starting defensive tackle to open the regular season, but Tillery, should he continue to play well, can push for an equal share in the rotation. Barring incredibly exceptional or terrible performances in the team’s last two games, each will be battling with one another to create the baddest defensive line in the NFL. I pity the quarterback on third-and-eight who has Bosa, Jones, Tillery, and Ingram coming after them.
Those are six player battles to watch as the Chargers take on the Seahawks. Competition can only bring out the best in this team, and with the winners of the battle taking a significant depth role (if not starting), the Chargers are much better poised to make a playoff run.