PFF Grade: 44.4 overall, 60.0 run defense, 42.9 coverage
Stats: Eight solo tackles, one missed tackle, 151.7 passer rating allowed
Teamer will stick with this team and could eventually possess a role like the one Phillips has. Unfortunately, his debut was brutal, though it doesn’t help the Chargers were still trying to figure out how to stop the pass when he entered the game as the team’s starting strong safety. Though his debut was rough, his grade in the second game went up almost 20 points, improving in area with a solid tackling grade of 80.6.
PFF Grade: 79.9 overall, 67.0 run defense, 80.6 coverage
Stats: 11 solo tackles, one interception, three stops, one missed tackle, 76.8 passer rating allowed
Casey Hayward looks really solid this year, and is by far and away the best defensive back in coverage for the Chargers so far. Without Hayward, the defense would fall apart. Thank goodness for the veteran, who continues to show the Packers why it was an awful mistake to let him walk.
PFF Grade: 59.9 field goal, 72.1 kickoff
Stats: 7-9 field goals, 9-9 PAT, 22.3 yards per kickoff return, 49.3 yards per punt
Long is both the savior of the Chargers and also the reason they lost a game (though there were a few reasons vs Detroit). However, he’s undeniably done so much better than anyone expected of a guy signed to be a punter and backup kicker.