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Report Card: Grading the Chargers Week 1 performance

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a tackle of Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a tackle of Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Offensive Line: B-

This makeshift unit allowed four sacks and left a lot to be desired in the run blocking department, forcing Ekeler and Jackson to begin juking would-be tacklers in the backfield on multiple occasions.

Trent Scott was pretty much as advertised at left tackle: out of his element. Even with Gordon and Derwin James not on the field, Russel Okung remains in my mind the biggest loss the Bolts suffered in the offseason. A quick recovery would be a massive boost to a beleaguered unit that at times struggled against a very mediocre front seven from Indianapolis.

Dan Feeney, Mike Pouncey and Michael Schofield all had solid games for the most part in the interior of the unit, while Sam Tevi had some questionable plays, oftentimes looking lost on the field. Not good from your starting right tackle.

Defensive Line: B

One of my favorite moments from this game happened early in the first quarter when the Chargers pressure found its mark early and the combined effort of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa brought down Colts quarterback Jacoby Brisset.

After the play we were treated to one of my favorite celebrations, the shrug. To see these two quarterback terrors healthy and hunting was a joy. While they both ended the day with a lone sack apiece (the only two sacks for the unit) I felt that the pressure got home often enough to quicken Brisset’s approach, which oftentimes with a young signal-caller is all that is needed.

My biggest frustration with this unit was the lack of defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. The first-round pick logged limited minutes and only recorded a single tackle in the contest. I understand the team may be trying to ease the young player into the system, but I would have loved to see more, especially as the line was gashed for 174 yards by Marlon Mack.

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