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Report Card: Grading Chargers’ effort in win against the ‘Fins

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to the crowd against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth 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 waves to the crowd against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth 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: Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins and Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers trade jerseys after the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins and Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers trade jerseys after the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Chargers Grades: Continued

Linebackers: B+

The linebackers should get some kudos for helping to stymie the run as well as holding Josh Rosen to 180 yards through the air. Thomas Davis led the unit in tackling again and Drue Tranquill recorded three solo tackles, a game-high. Tranquill continues to be one of if not the best performing rookies in this class. Denzel Perryman continues to build back into starter-ready shape and quality of play, but in this contest the linebackers played fine. Again, it’s the Dolphins.

Defensive Backs: A

If you could just ignore Devante Parker (4 catches for 70 yards and a TD) you could call the “Jack Boys” elite in their effort against Miami. Alas, a big game from Parker keeps me away from giving an A+.

Michael Davis got his first career interception, Rayshawn Jenkins continued his so-so (elite in Coach Lynn’s eyes) play by leading the team in tackles with six. A performance like Sunday, limiting any team to 10 points, is something to smile about. Smile, if not for the performance, but for the mere thought of how good this unit will be with the return of Derwin James and Adrian Phillips.

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