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Chargers preseason: Winners and losers from Seattle loss

By Alexander Insdorf
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CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Drue Tranquill #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish attempts to tackle Travis Levy #35 of the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Drue Tranquill #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish attempts to tackle Travis Levy #35 of the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /

Chargers loser: Michael Davis

New year, same problems is how one could describe the Michael Davis problem. Remember where he wouldn’t turn his head around near the end zone, resulting in a pass interference call multiple times? Still doing that. The poor tackling? Also still problematic.

It’s possible Davis does eventually develop into a decent deep corner. He absolutely has the speed to keep up with guys like Tyreek Hill and some of the other speedsters around the league. But the intangibles need to get better for him to really achieve his peak performance, and it’s disappointing more development didn’t happen in the offseason. Davis also got beat badly on the the ball Russell Wilson overthrew to Malik Burner. For the moment, it’s hard not to yearn for the play of the currently injured Trevor Williams, or even the idea of promoting Desmond King from being a nickel corner.

Chargers winner: Drue Tranquill

It felt like Tranquill was everywhere in this game. After a more quiet performance last week following his great game against the Arizona Cardinals, Drue was a tackling machine, leading the team in total and solo tackles. He’s potentially playing himself into getting a couple reps during games in the regular season should he keep this up.

He’s made his name known at both linebacker and special teams. While he may not be as polished yet, speed and athleticism matters more right now when a player is trying to develop. Right now, he’s much further along riding on talent alone than Nick Dzubnar is through his now-fifth season.

Chargers loser: Fourth down runs

The Chargers were one for four on fourth down during the game. Not a great mark, especially considering two of those were fourth-and-one situations. The Taylor fumble and Pope being forced back two yards weren’t great plays. Of course it’s the preseason, and these may not be the players who run on fourth down in the regular season, but it’s a little disappointing to see the team give up a number of them through different games that really could’ve been easy conversions.

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Here’s to hoping the offense is more creative and more efficient on fourth down in the regular season (or, well, just convert on third down). The winners from this game are not guaranteed a roster spot, but it looks like the three of them are going to win a place on the initial 53-man roster come September.

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