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Chargers rookie Trey Pipkins quietly improves in third game

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Trey Pipkins #79 of the Los Angeles Chargers stretches before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 24: Trey Pipkins #79 of the Los Angeles Chargers stretches before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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The Chargers haven’t been seeing much good out of rookie Trey Pipkins, but he flashed on a number of positive plays versus the Seahawks.

The Chargers are struggling along the offensive line, which is alarming considering they only face preseason talent. Granted, they are doing it without Mike Pouncey and Russell Okung, as well as without signal caller Philip Rivers to mask their deficiencies. Trey Pipkins, the team’s third-round selection, did not look like a capable tackle through training camp and two preseason games.

However, give the kid from Sioux Falls some credit: He played much better against the Seahawks.

This is not to say Pipkins was perfect; immediately after fans began to praise him, he had a false start penalty. But his performance was so much better than the turnstile he was against the Cardinals and Seahawks.

Here is Pipkins making a key block as the right tackle:

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Now that’s more like it. No. 79 also had a great outside block (again as a right tackle) to free Troymaine Pope for a big gain on a run. The play of the offensive line directly improves the quarterback, and it’s no surprise Easton Stick’s best game (96 total yards, 75 percent completion percentage, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 106.8 rating) came on Pipkins’ best night as an offensive lineman.

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Those who were down on Pipkins had every right to be, as his performances were more alarming than something that could be passed off as rookie struggles at the NFL level. Stronger games like that will undoubtedly give fans some confidence in the young tackle; let’s see if Pipkins can carry the momentum through the Chargers’ final preseason game.

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