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Chargers: Five best decisions from first depth chart

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers returns the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers returns the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Justin Jones #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Justin Jones #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers decision No. 4: Leaving Justin Jones as the starter

Jerry Tillery is the starting defensive tackle of the future, but he shouldn’t be the starter just yet. After a solid first game with a sack and some solid run stops in just 21 snaps, Tillery has been a ghost ever since. In his final two games of the preseason, Tillery notched one combined tackle, no sacks, no passes defended, no forced fumbles. He was a relative non-factor in those final games, and it was troubling to see how frequently the 6’6″ defensive tackle was pushed back. He needs to learn to adjust to his height, and not be stood up by most interior lineman who are lower than he is.

Jones was by no means a standout player through the preseason, but he at least has the NFL experience. There was no reason to put Tillery out there as the starter as both an inexperienced player and a non-productive one thus far. Personally, Jones feels like Brandon Mebane’s replacement rather than the team’s starting defensive tackle, but for now, he should get the nod over Tillery.

Expect them to rotate, though, or have both on the line at the same time. The Chargers will use creative fronts or mix and match their defensive linemen to disrupt Jacoby Brissett in the opener.

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