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Game Balls for Chargers win in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the ball to Melvin Gordon #25 during the first quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the ball to Melvin Gordon #25 during the first quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers game ball: Brandon Facyson

The starting cornerback opposite Casey Hayward has been much maligned by Chargers fans all season. After the release of Trevor Williams, it was clear that either Mike Davis or Brandon Facyson were going to be starting all season long. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, but Facyson is pretty clearly the better tackler.

In the four games that he has started, he has a combined 31 tackles. That included a team-leading nine tackles against Denver last week. On Sunday, he finished with five tackles and displayed a great ability to tackle in space. He even had one tackle for loss, a rarity for the cornerback position these days.

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It seems he has also turned a corner in coverage, or at the very least has improved since the season started. With the Chargers scheme, the most crucial ability for their corners is to make plays in space. That means both in one-on-one coverage and tackling in space. They don’t ask their corners very often to rely upon individual athleticism and speed. Instead, technique and instincts are more important. It’s become clear that Facyson is at least more instinctive than Davis. If their coverage skills are basically a wash,but Facyson is a better tackler, then he should be the starter for the rest of the season.

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