Chargers No. 10 most deserving: Jaylen Watkins
Watkins filled in admirably for Derwin James and Adrian Phillips, notching 23 tackles and 10 run stops jumping in for a struggling Roderic Teamer. If he were to have played more last season and this season, the veteran would be much higher on the list. But, he no longer has much of a role, and in Week 17 was declared inactive.
Chargers No. 9 most deserving: Isaac Rochell
Rochell has been a bit disappointing this season, as it looked like the defensive end out of Notre Dame was going to take a step forward following years of slight improvement since his rookie year. It’s hard to stand out when Joey Bosa is the guy you’re backing up, but fans at least were hoping from a bit more from Rochell when he rotated in. On the season, he has just eight pressures and one sack, where last year he had five sacks (albeit in a more expanded role with Bosa injured).
Chargers No. 8 most deserving: Damion Square
Square at No. 8 doesn’t mean he’s a weak candidate for an extension; rather, there are just quite a few more Chargers with more expanded roles who are more deserving. Square has 19 tackles, 11 run stops, and five quarterback pressures on the season.
It doesn’t seem like Square should be the starting nose tackle moving forward, but his role as a key part of the rotation is something the Chargers should look to retain. He’s familiar with the team, playing well enough to warrant another one-year deal, and a veteran presence.