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MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackles Josh Rosen #3 of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackles Josh Rosen #3 of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Chargers: Second game ball

After some uncharacteristic play to start, Desmond King went out and had himself a game. Much has been made about whose fault the Dolphins’ lone touchdown was, and King says it wasn’t him for what it’s worth. After that touchdown, though, the Chargers defense was able to pull themselves together and shut out the Dolphins out in the second half. King was crucial in that outcome, and actually lead the team in sacks on Sunday, ultimately finishing with 2.5 of them.

Using King frequently in different blitz packages has been a nice wrinkle so far this season. Last week against the Texans, he was a little late on one of them which resulted in a roughing the passer penalty. This week was a different story. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley called King’s number throughout the game and he delivered with a dominant game.

So far this season, King has showed off his elite cover skills and ability to rush the passer. The only thing we have yet to see from King is his game-breaking ability in the return game, but he is off to a great start this season. He’ll face his biggest test yet this upcoming week as he faces off with Emmanuel Sanders and the Broncos, but he has proven to be up to the task.

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