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Chargers rookies who could be starters for 2019 season opener

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 18: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints during the first half of their pre seaon football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 18: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints during the first half of their pre seaon football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 29: K.J. Costello #3 of the Stanford Cardinal is sacked by Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 29, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 29: K.J. Costello #3 of the Stanford Cardinal is sacked by Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 29, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Chargers Week One potential starter: Jerry Tillery

There are a few ways Tillery becomes the Week One starter:

  1. Tillery is actually the starting defensive tackle over Justin Jones in their base defense
  2. Tillery is either part of the starting rotation or lines up on the defensive line inside with Jones

Jones will likely be the “starter” on paper, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the two take a near-equal share of snaps against the Colts. The strength of their offense lies with their three interior linemen, so a mixture of Jones and Tillery pushing the inside to pressure a now-starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Most every first-round rookie is expected to contribute right away, so expected No. 99 to be out there early and often.

Chargers rookies who won’t start Week One

Nasir Adderley: Of all the rookies, most fans had this one pegged as the most likely to open the season as a starter at free safety. After the departure of Jahleel Addae, the defense had a massive hole to fill. Having been picked so high, Adderley looked like a pick who could start against the Indianapolis Colts.

Unfortunately, Adderley has not registered a preseason snap thus far, though it looks like he was as close as possible to playing against the Seattle Seahawks.

Easton Stick: No chance he’s the starting quarterback in Week One.

Emeke Egbule: On offense and defense, Egbule will not appear as the starter, but it appears as if he will make contributions on special teams.

Cortez Broughton: Broughton is not guaranteed a roster spot, and at most will appear in a limited basis on special teams and defense.

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