LA Chargers: Rookie report card heading into bye week

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Alohi Gilman: C

2020 stats: 2 tackles, 67 special teams snaps

Alohi Gilman has been exactly what we expected heading into the season. Gilman has been reserved almost entirely for special teams and has shown some promise in that facet of the game but has not really been a game-changer in anyway.

It is impossible to give him a failing grade for not really having a big impact as that was expected out of the gate. Gilman is raw and it will be some time until he eventually is tasked with having a bigger role on special teams.

K.J. Hill: C-

2020 stats: 2 receptions, 23 yards, 4 punt returns, 29 yards

To be frank, I think a lot of Charger fans were expecting way too much out of K.J. Hill right away. I like his potential to be an impact receiver down the line, but right away he was not going to be this hugely impactful receiver.

The Keenan Allen comparisons started way sooner than they should have and for many, Hill’s first five weeks might be massively disappointing. If they were, you absolutely expected too much out of a seventh-round pick in his first NFL season without a preseason.

Hill has been okay and he has not really been called upon much. He did have that big drop against the Saints in overtime but it was an underthrown ball by Justin Herbert. Only the best in the business would have caught that pass.

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Give Hill time. It is way too soon to draw conclusions about any of these rookies and this bye gives us a chance to adjust the expectations for the rest of the season.