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Los Angeles Chargers: Awards for the 2019 season

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers autographs a helmet for a fan following the Chargers 30-24 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers autographs a helmet for a fan following the Chargers 30-24 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 13: Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers intercepts a pass intended for Johnny Holton #80 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 13: Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers intercepts a pass intended for Johnny Holton #80 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Comeback Player of the Year: Rayshawn Jenkins

Hunter Henry is going to get some votes here as many thought he would be a candidate for NFL Comeback Player of the Year, let alone comeback player on his own team. However, I feel Henry’s 2019 season was a bit of a disappointment.

He missed several games after being injured in the season opener, had some key drops and only had three games where he went over 80 yards receiving. He was also particularly quiet down the stretch in the season, catching just six total passes in Weeks 13-15.

The award here is going to Jenkins.

Jenkins bounced back in a big way in 2019, getting extra playing time with both James and Adrian Phillips missing extended time with injuries.

A player that was starting to look like a draft bust after his first two years in the league, Jenkins stepped up when the Chargers needed him in 2019, posting a career-high 54 tackles. He also showed he ball-hawking skills most hoped he would show as a rookie by hauling in four interceptions, which led the team.

In his first two seasons, Jenkins had a total of 36 tackles. He went without an interception in each of his first two seasons in the league.

Jenkins is one of those guys who fans seem to love to hate, but at this point, the team has seen much more out of him and what he can do than a guy like Adderley, for example. Fans will still call Adderley the better player, but that would be based on nothing.

Jenkins will be entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2020 and will be looking to impress team officials in hopes of earning an extension with the team. He certainly laid the groundwork for such a deal in 2019 after being placed in a certain sink or swim spot.

He swam.

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