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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: The field is reflected in the mask of defensive back Desmond King #20 during warm ups for the game against the Houston Texans 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: The field is reflected in the mask of defensive back Desmond King #20 during warm ups for the game against the Houston Texans 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:

Brandon Facyson

PFF Grade: 55.3 overall, 68.0 run defense, 50.9 coverage

Stats: 18 solo tackles, four stops, three missed tackles, no interceptions, 120.3 passer rating allowed

That was a rough opener for Facyson, who went from roster bubble player to starter within the span of a week. Though not stellar, his coverage grade went from 34.5 to 56.2 to 66.8, indicating a more comfortable player as experience helped him. Davis immediately replaced him when healthy, but it’s nice to know there’s a little more experience behind him.

Grade: C-

Rayshawn Jenkins

PFF Grade: 63.0 overall, 61.5 run defense, 64.1 pass rush, 61.4 coverage

Stats: Nine solo tackles, one stop, two missed tackles, one interception, 77.1 passer rating allowed

Jenkins, to no fault of his own, got a lot of heat when Anthony Lynn said the free safety was playing at an elite level. Though I strongly disagree with that statement, as “elite level” shouldn’t be tossed around so easily, Jenkins has been fine as the starting free safety.

His biggest flaw is watching big plays happen and not acting like the last line of defense, particularly on those Marlon Mack and Kerryon Johnson touchdowns.

However, he has improved as the season progressed, with his highest overall grade, run defense grade, tacklin grade, and pass rush grade came in Week 4. Let’s see if he can continue it against the Denver Broncos.

Grade: C+

Desmond King

PFF Grade: 55.3 overall, 76.9 run defense, 90.8 pass rush, 46.7 coverage

Stats: Six solo tackles, one forced fumble, four stops, 2.5 sacks, no missed tackles, 158.3 passer rating allowed

I was a little surprised to see King had given up nine receptions on 11 targets, as well as his low coverage grade. Still, King is one of the most dynamic players on this defense, and his 2.5 sacks and forced fumble are a small glimpse at how game-changing he can be. When Derwin James returns, those two are going to have a field day rushing the passer.

Grade: B+

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