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Los Angeles Chargers 2019 preseason awards: Best Play, MVP, and more

By Tyler Schoon
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by Marcell Harris #36 and Jullian Taylor #77 of the San Francisco 49ers during the preseason game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by Marcell Harris #36 and Jullian Taylor #77 of the San Francisco 49ers during the preseason game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Linebacker Drue Tranquill #49 of the Los Angeles Chargers intercepts a pass ahead of tight end Darrell Daniels #81 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Linebacker Drue Tranquill #49 of the Los Angeles Chargers intercepts a pass ahead of tight end Darrell Daniels #81 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Chargers: Best individual performance

Nominations:

  • Nasir Adderley makes his debut
  • Drue Tranquill racks up tackles vs Seahawks
  • Cardale Jones earns the job

Winner: Nasir Adderley makes his debut

As previously mentioned, Tranquill has been everywhere the ball has been this preseason, and his nine-tackle effort against the Seahawks was his best game.

Jones had a truly inspiring game against the 49ers, demonstrating both pocket awareness and an ability to run for the first time all preseason. Jones did not show off his running ability through the first three games; at least, in a positive way. Rushing for 26 yards on five carries in San Francisco, Jones gave himself a little boost in the quarterback competition before Easton Stick stepped onto the field.

But this award belongs to Adderley, who had one of the more jaw-dropping debuts for a Chargers rookie fans have seen in some time. Three passes defended, one interception, and two combined tackles.

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He put himself in position for three or four interceptions, and at least two of those pass breakups were potential picks. Adderley, now fully recovered from a hamstring injury (it appears), clearly has the instincts and brains to succeed in the NFL. On his interception return, No. 32 showed off a bit of the experience he had as a punt returner at Delaware, breaking three tackles on his way to 16 yards.

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