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Chargers: Grades for every player through four games

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Adrian Phillips #31, Damion Square #71 and Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers walk down the tunnel to the field prior to playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Adrian Phillips #31, Damion Square #71 and Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers walk down the tunnel to the field prior to playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans runs the ball through outside linebacker Thomas Davis #58 and defensive tackle Justin Jones #93 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans runs the ball through outside linebacker Thomas Davis #58 and defensive tackle Justin Jones #93 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Chargers grades:

Thomas Davis

PFF Grade: 48.0 overall, 58.4 run defense, 67.8 pass rush, 45.4 coverage

Stats: 25 solo tackles, two sacks, 11 stops, three missed tackles, 104.4 passer rating allowed

Davis looked like someone who didn’t play a snap in the preseason and was joining a new team in a new role. It was expected he would have issues early on, and he has.

However, Davis does look more comfortable in recent weeks, so long as he is not asked to cover. His run defense grade and pass rush grade from Week 4 represent his best of the season at 67.0 and 73.6, respectively.

I firmly believe Davis deserves a role on this team where he can attack running backs and quarterbacks, but it remains to be seen whether he can improve his coverage skills, where he has given up 15 receptions on 20 targets.

For what it’s worth, Perryman, Brown, White, Tranquill, and Dzubnar are all still healthy, something that couldn’t be said this time last year. Here’s to hoping his off the field preparation has been a positive influence on the young linebackers.

Grade: C+

Jatavis Brown

PFF Grade: 64.6 overall, 60.0 run defense, 56.5 pass rush, 64.9 coverage

Stats: n/a (only 11 snaps)

Jatavis Brown is an incredibly valuable part of this defense, though he may not have a place as a starter. Brown is best in coverage, and could rotate with someone like Perryman or Davis as-needed.

Grade: n/a (not enough snaps)

Nick Dzubnar

PFF Grade: n/a

Stats: n/a (no defensive snaps)

Not much to work with here, except for a penalty that cost the Chargers a special teams fumble recovery.

Grade: n/a (not enough snaps)

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