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Chargers Notebook: Packers review, Shane Steichen, Gus Bradley

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen looks on before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen looks on before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 29: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during pregame warmups prior to the start of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on August 29, 2019, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 29: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during pregame warmups prior to the start of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on August 29, 2019, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

How is the Chargers’ first-round pick, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, holding up?

Not great.

Jerry Tillery currently has a PFF grade of 36.2, and it is warranted. In both the plays below, Tillery loses badly. In the Square play, Tillery fails to gain any ground at all against one defender in a pass rush situation.

According to many scouts and analysts, Tillery’s strength was supposed to be rushing the passer. He is matched up one on one, which is the perfect opportunity to show the team what you’ve got. The answer was an astounding, “nothing”.

Denzel Perryman reads this so well and shuts this play down. Love it when Denzel Perryman is on top of things. Can truly shut down a run game when healthy and in a rhythm. pic.twitter.com/1Kifn8z9Xy

— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) November 6, 2019

Moving onto the next play, I guess you can say that Tillery got absolutely manhandled. The defense you can give him is that he got double-teamed, well, so has Sylvester Williams in multiple occasions, who stands his ground and even gets some push. Tillery? Gets pancaked.

The problem here is that the question was, “How is Tillery holding up?” and the answer is he flat out isn’t.

Now, I will be the first person to tell you that we should have seen this coming in his rookie year. He was never a day one starter in my book, he needed development and a lot of technical refinement as both a run stopper and pass rusher. I gave him a second-round grade with the first-round possibility only due to his athletic ability and potential ceiling in the future.

The Chargers, however, seemed to disagree, and started the season by giving him far too many snaps. Now, the snaps might even turn non-existent with Justin Jones close to returning.

It is very possible that Tillery is even a healthy scratch by the end of the year. He just isn’t ready and is getting outplayed by every single defensive tackle on the roster. Unfortunate, but I saw it coming. He will be much better in years three and four than years one and two.

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