2. Kenneth Murray
Again — I am not trying to put too much pressure on these rookies and expect too much out them. Expecting them to play like seasoned veterans, especially without a preseason to get their feet wet, is going to hurt the production of these rookies.
However, Kenneth Murray still was not very good in this game. Towards the end of the game he was taken out of certain situations with the team instead opting to go with Kyzir White and Denzel Perryman.
Analytically, Murray had a terrible game. Pro Football Focus gave him the second-worst defensive grade of any Charger player in Week 3, ahead of just Chris Harris. Harris might have been on this list if he did not get hurt (he is going to be out for 4-6 weeks).
PFF gave him a 37.5 grade in this game and it is not hard to see why. While the defense did a solid job overall, they did allow the Panthers to pick up some yards primarily in short passes over the middle of the field.
Carolina repeatedly targeted the Chargers linebackers in the passing game, including Murray. He was targeted twice for 32 yards, earning a 30.0 grade in pass-coverage in the game.
Murray had three tackles, an assisted tackle and a missed tackle as well.