Chargers offensive lineman steps up
There weren’t many other feel-good stories coming out of the 2018 draft that topped that of Chargers’ offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry. He grew up rooting for the Chargers and idolized former Chargers great Nick Hardwick. The former UCLA standout was thrilled with the opportunity to be drafted by his hometown team. Heading into his second season, there wasn’t much expected out of him considering the team was set with Mike Pouncey at center.
Fast forward to Sunday, and he was elevated to the starting lineup due to injury, an unfortunate theme to this season. Lamp is now out for the rest of the season, along with Pro-Bowl center Pouncey. In response to Lamp’s injury, the team inserted Quessenberry into the role of center and shifted Dan Feeney back to his former role at left guard. Ultimately, he looked like the team’s best lineman. He showed quick feet and the ability to adjust on the fly to whatever the Titan’s defense was throwing at him.
One of the key things the Chargers have been missing in the run game without Pouncey in the lineup is his ability to pull outside and be an effective lead blocker. Quessenberry tested very positively at the combine as an athlete, so perhaps he will be able to replicate that aspect as the Chargers desperately need to get the run game going if they want to get back to their winning ways. Quessenberry stepped up in a big way on Sunday. The Chargers will need even more out of him going forward due to the unfortunate injuries thrown their way.