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LA Chargers: Players that must perform better after the bye week

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints makes catch over Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints makes catch over Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Kyzir White

Kyzir White is the figurehead for a problem that the LA Chargers have had all season with Drue Tranquill out of action. Despite a really solid and surprising season from Denzel Perryman, the Charger linebackers have been pretty bad in coverage this season.

We can talk about Kenneth Murray’s hiccups during his transition to the league among other linebacker holes, but we will focus on Kyzir White. White was viewed as someone who could absolutely step up when needed as a decent-enough coverage linebacker and that just has not been the case.

White is easily the worst linebacker out there for the Chargers. Perryman’s solid season and Murray’s athleticism and open-field tackling give them the edge over White. White does not bring that same ceiling that Murray or even Perryman does and instead is just a negative in pass coverage.

White has a terrible 39.5 defensive grade this season on Pro Football Focus, which includes a 43.4 pass-coverage grade. The only Chargers with worse defensive grades are Jerry Tillery, Nick Vigil (who is hurt) and Drue Tranquill (who played five snaps).

The Chargers are okay if Tillery does not break out, they have a solid offensive line. They need White to pick it up.

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