The Los Angeles Chargers struggled to find their identity in the first half against the Miami Dolphins but one thing remained constant throughout the game, being the defensive backs.
While many have been critical of the Chargers’ defensive backs through the first few weeks of the season, they’ve quietly been impressing as a whole. Brandon Facyson was the scapegoat for a couple of weeks, even though he played pretty well aside from Week 1 action against the Indianapolis Colts, but Mike Davis returned to the lineup this week and seemed to constantly have his hand on the ball when it was thrown his way.
The focus here is going to be less “this is your position group of the week” and more “why this is your position group of the month“. So first off, why not another group? Well, receiver was a pleasant surprise with the emergence of the now injured Dontrelle Inman, and both Andre Patton and Geremy Davis played admirably. Keenan Allen was quiet due to being triple teamed at times, and would have had a better day if not for a bogus pass interference that will make blood boil.
Right. Next up the edge rushers. Joey Bosa has been playing at an elite level, and Melvin Ingram looked especially explosive early on before injuring his hamstring. Uchenna Nwosu, in particular, disrupted a couple of plays that allowed both Rayshawn Jenkins and Jerry Tillery to make plays. While the numbers weren’t flashy, they were a serious contender to win the award this week.
Lastly, there was the offensive line. Trent Scott, in particular, had a great game, and Forrest Lamp looked like an absolute brick wall in his limited reps. That said though, Sam Tevi struggled a bit and the line as a whole struggled to open up rushing lanes for Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope. That left one choice for the position group of the week, and that was the defensive backs. In particular, Desmond King, Davis, and Jenkins.
The latter has come under fire ever since Anthony Lynn claimed him to be playing his position at an “elite level”, but if you keep that statement out of your mind, Rayshawn has been a well above average playmaker for the Chargers’ defense.
Miami was his best game of the year, and it was fun to watch him fly to the ball on several occasions. With that said, let’s get to this player by player starting with none other than Jenkins.