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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: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers yells to teammates in the game against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers yells to teammates in the game against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Chargers grade:

Philip Rivers

PFF Grade: 85.6 (57.2 rushing grade!)

Stats: 1,254 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions

Rivers played well through three games, but his best came last week against the Dolphins (of course), posting a ridiculously high grade of 95.7 with Pro Football Focus.

He’s the captain of the ship, and this one is filled with holes. Rivers has somehow managed to take a bucket and throw all the water out of the sinking vessel, and on the horizon one can see the U.S.S. Okung coming to help him.

The only downside to Rivers thus far has been ball security, where he’s given up a turnover in three of his first four games. Two of them, unfortunately, could be pointed at as the moment the Chargers lost momentum (or just simply lost the game).

Grade: B+

Derek Watt

PFF Grade: 47.9

Stats: Three carries, three rushing yards, two receptions, 24 receiving yards

The Chargers win more games when Derek Watt plays more snaps on offense:

https://twitter.com/gabriella_watt2/status/1178420153198862338

Coincidence, or is Watt just the lucky charm of the franchise?

Grade: A+++ (for fun)

Austin Ekeler

PFF Grade: 85.5 overall, 71.2 rushing, 94.1 receiving

Stats: 56 carries, 220 rushing yards (3.9 average), three touchdowns. 24 receptions, 270 receiving yards, three touchdowns.

I don’t need to tell you how great Ekeler has been, even if his rushing average isn’t elite-level. No one had more eyes on them coming into the season, and no one player has out-performed expectations like No. 30 has.

Grade: A

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