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LA Chargers: 3 most disappointing players from loss to Buccaneers

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for yardage after a catch against Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for yardage after a catch against Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley had the biggest mistake of the game that ultimately led to the wheels falling off for the LA Chargers. He had the fumble that led to the Bucs scoring seven points before half, completely shifting the tide of the game.

There is a lot of blame to be passed around on this play. We can blame Anthony Lynn for the playcalling. They had time to drive downfield and if that is what they wanted to do then fine. But if they simply wanted to waste time then just take a knee. If they want to score, don’t run a draw play. It is that simple.

Justin Herbert botched the hand-off as well and the offensive line was completely blown up, leading Kelley to get hit behind the line of scrimmage. The Chargers looked like a high school team playing an NFL team on that play.

It is more than just that play, though, as Kelley could not get anything going in the running game. He got the most carries after Austin Ekeler got hurt, carrying the ball nine times for seven yards. It is not all his fault, as the Bucs have one of the best run defenses in the league, but it is still easy to say it is a disappointing performance.

Kelley is going to have to really step up and play as he did in Week 1 as Austin Ekeler is going to miss several weeks with a grade 2 hamstring strain.

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