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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 Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Continued lack of development from several key players

It’s a bit harsh to say there’s been no development from some of the key secondary guys. There has been. But given the rash of injuries and the skill players missing, the development isn’t as rapid as it needs to be given the circumstances.

Davis is having what’s arguably the best season of his as a cornerback. However, he’s still allowing high reception percentages in addition to not turning his head around in coverage. If Chris Conley dropped that pass in the end zone, Davis could’ve been flagged for pass interference for not turning his head around the whole time.

The former UDFA has certainly improved, but the same key issues we’ve been talking about for the last few years are still visible in his game.

King started his career out amazingly with the Chargers. 2017 and 2018 were great years for him. The idea of him not being extended with the organization would’ve seemed ludicrous at the beginning of the 2019 season. Over the last year and a half however, King’s defensive game has declined. It’s why the team felt the need to bring in Harris in the first place.

Jenkins and Adderley are the biggest disappointments when it comes to development. Every year we feel like we might be rounding the corner on Jenkins’ development, but this might just be his worst season yet. Adderley effectively entered his second season as an inexperienced rookie with an offseason cut by COVID.

To make up for the decline and injuries to the other parts of the secondary, the Chargers needed some of their younger players to step up. It simply hasn’t happened yet.

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