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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 08: Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Kyzir White #44, Thomas Davis #58, and Justin Jones #93 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first 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: Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Kyzir White #44, Thomas Davis #58, and Justin Jones #93 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Chargers grades:

Kyzir White

PFF Grade: 58.3 overall, 52.0 run defense, 57.5 pass rush, 64.7 coverage

Stats: 14 solo tackles, seven stops, one missed tackle, 156.8 passer rating allowed

Color me confused that White has a diminished role with the team after two weeks of solid play. No, he wasn’t perfect, but he also had not played a game since September 23rd. There’s no doubt someone like Perryman could have more impact against the run, but White can hold his own and is a much better coverage linebacker. Having him drop to just 20 snaps in two games after 108 total snaps in his first two just doesn’t seem right. But, for failing to hold the starting job, his grade suffers.

Grade: C+

Denzel Perryman

PFF Grade: 34.7 overall, 42.1 run defense, 50.7 pass rush, 43.1 coverage

Stats: Seven solo tackles, four stops, seven missed tackles, 75.3 passer rating allowed

I think Perryman may be one of the more discussed starters among Chargers fans. On the one hand, everyone loves him, and he often makes impact plays in the backfield against the run. No other linebacker on this roster has shown an ability to shoot a gap and make a play like Perryman.

On the other hand, as the grades suggest, he’s not been great against the run overall, and coverage (as expected) is where he suffers. Could it just be rust?

Grade: C

Drue Tranquill

PFF Grade: 68.3 overall, 64.3 run defense, 56.6 pass rush, 65.3 coverage

Stats: Two solo tackles, no missed tackles, 58.3 passer rating allowed

10 total snaps on defense for the fourth-round draft selection, which isn’t exactly much to go off of. Tranquill had a blocked punt in the season opener, but has been mostly quiet ever since. Tranquill can do quite a bit well, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him on defense a bit more as injuries mount.

Grade: n/a (not enough snaps)

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