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Chargers’ position group of the month: Defensive backs

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)
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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)

Above you will see King bringing down Josh Rosen on one of his 2.5 sacks in an “RKO” fashion. You can practically hear the “RKO out of nowhere”. King was all over the ring- er… the field in Miami. It didn’t start perfectly, as Lynn said in a press conference this week that King should have “rode” the out and up that Parker ran when Miami scored their lone touchdown. It wasn’t necessarily on King, but it’s something you expect a player of his caliber to do.

After the touchdown, it was all uphill for the elite defender. King became lockdown in the slot, keeping all plays in front of him and making Rosen uncomfortable. When he wasn’t playing tight coverage, he was blitzing like he himself was an edge rusher.

All season we’ve waited for someone to step up to that do-it-all role that all-pro Derwin James played in the 2018 season, and King has been the one to do just that, as the nickel corner now leads the team in sacks on the season.

It’s versatility like King’s that flourishes in Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defense, and each player needs to have it to some degree. For Bosa, he can rush from the interior or the edge, Nwosu can play edge or linebacker, and King can rush the passer, stop the run, or play coverage. It is a big reason as to why James was such a home run pick for the Chargers and a big reason King is perfect for this Chargers team.

DESMOND KING GOES ALL THE WAY.

73-yard punt return TD for @blaqbadger14! #FightForEachOther

?: #LACvsPIT on NBC https://t.co/YvWZXq3etJ

— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2018

Above shows what kind of value King brings to this football team, and is a personal favorite play. King has made plays throughout his career as a Charger, and it’s tough to think he doesn’t get appreciated enough.

He returns kicks and punts. His first career pick was at free safety in preseason action as a rookie. His first regular season interception was taken for six. He had four sacks his rookie season. The number of things he has done since entering the league is just… phenomenal. I guess it can just be summed up perfectly with three words.

Dez is King.

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