Chargers loser: Detrez Newsome
With Pope having a pretty decent game on the ground (over five yards a carry against the Seahawks) as well as his 81-yard return from last week, it feels like Newsome is being passed. Newsome didn’t get a single carry this week after getting five both of the last two weeks. There’s a chance he could show himself to be worthy of a roster spot in the last week here, but it looks like the Chargers are fully committed to moving past him.
In a league of “What have you done for me lately?”, Pope is probably a more worthy back to keep and develop, just for his speed alone. Entering the preseason it was common belief it would be Ekeler, Jackson, and Newsome Week 1 should Gordon continue to holdout, but Pope has thrown a wrench into things.
Chargers winner: Ty Long
The moment Ty Long booted the ball out of the end zone for a touchback was the moment he won the job. Now let’s not get too crazy about him kicking, because he did miss some extra points, and let’s hope fans don’t have to relive the Drew Kaser at kicker mania from years past. But if he’s able to come in once a while when the team needs a touchback, he could end up handling some kickoffs. One of the knocks against Badgley is short kickoffs, so having a guy to supplement him isn’t bad.
It’s also very telling, just like with the Pope-Newsome battle, that Tyler Newsome didn’t punt. He’ll probably get some chances on Thursday when the team faces the 49ers, but the door is all but shut.