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LA Chargers: How the “Jackboyz” secondary collapsed in 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to an interception by Nasir Adderley #24 against the New Orleans Saints 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: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to an interception by Nasir Adderley #24 against the New Orleans Saints 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Chris Harris’ injury and domino effect

Harris will likely miss two more weeks before he’s able to come back from a foot injury he suffered against Carolina. While the player shuffling that’s taken place here isn’t quite as intense as it is with James’ injury, it’s still not great. Michael Davis played better earlier this year when he didn’t have to play as many snaps as full time CB2.

The LA Chargers also needed to give Desmond King full control over the slot role. While he hasn’t necessarily been bad this year, he’s not the same difference maker that he was in 2018.

Football teams will always claim to have a next man up mentality no matter what. While that is what they should do, it doesn’t always make the situation much better. The Chargers prepared to have Harris and James available for most of the season. Now, neither can play.

The Harris injury created more responsibility for a declining Hayward in addition to more on the plates of Davis and King. One he comes back, the defense will get a shot in the arm. It might be too little, too late though if the secondary doesn’t improve from their last outings over the next month.

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