4. Tom Telesco’s offseason additions
We are only four weeks through the NFL season so there is plenty of time for things to turn around but thus far, the players that the LA Chargers brought in over the offseason have not been all that great.
This, of course, excludes those taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. This is reserved for signings and trades. Let’s break them down.
Linval Joseph has been the best new addition and I would not say he has been fantastic. He was really good in Week 1 against the Bengals but that might have just been a product of a terrible offensive line.
Heading into this season, the possibilities of him opening up rushing lanes for Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were intriguing. And while he has had a positive impact at times, I would say that he has simply been mediocre. Not bad, not good.
He currently owns a 61.6 overall defensive grade on Pro Football Focus with 11 solo tackles and eight total pressures in four games.
Chris Harris is currently missing time with a foot injury, which really seemed to hurt the team in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, even if the team is worse without him, I would not say that he has been good this year.
Harris had the worst year of his career in 2019 and some of that has carried over into 2020. Harris has a 59.9 defensive grade with a 60.9 coverage grade. He has allowed nine receptions on 13 targets for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Harris has the 10th-most snaps in the NFL at slot corner (despite missing a game) and has allowed the seventh-best passer rating among slot corners when targeted.
Bryan Bulaga has been banged up, so it is not all his fault, but I still have not been overly impressed with him while he is out there. Bulaga has allowed a sack and four pressures in just 61 pass-blocking snaps this season.
That might not seem like a lot, but if he were to have as many pass-blocking snaps as last season, at this pace, he would allow 37 pressures. This would be the most he has allowed since his rookie season.
Again, only four games and he has been banged up, but not great.
Again, Trai Turner has been banged up, so it is not all his fault, but it still is disappointing to see Turner not have an impact on this team (thus far) after being touted as such a genius acqusition by the LA Chargers.
Turner has played just 81 snaps with a horrendous 44.3 PFF grade. He has allowed three pressures in 41 pass-blocking snaps. That is terrible.