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Chargers: Grading week two performance by position

By Jack Jankowski
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a third quarter interception while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 13-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a third quarter interception while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 13-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Chargers grades: Continued

Linebackers: B

Thomas Davis recovered from a less-than-perfect season opener to lead the team in tackles with 12 total, six of them solo. While Davis still isn’t playing nearly up to the quality that the Chargers need him to play, he is at least taking steps in the right direction. The linebackers helped the defensive line bottle up Kerryon Johnson and others on multiple occasions, and held their ground fairly well in the passing game. I was disappointed with the lack of Drue Tranquill, especially after the special teams effort he put in Week One, but understand that the coaching staff may be looking to ease the rookie into the scheme.

Defensive Backs: A

My highest graded unit of the game, the defensive backs held their ground with the exception of two or three big plays. Casey Heyward picked up his first interception since 2017, and second-year man Brandon Facyson picked up eight tackles. Losing Derwin James has certainly hurt the “Jack Boys”, but they aren’t showing it all too much yet. They will be tested next week against the Houston Texans and the weapons at receiver that team posses and depending on the result of that contest the cries for a trade acquiring Jalen Ramsey will swing dramatically.

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