Jerry Tillery’s second-year surge
Coming into this season, I was worried about some of the second-year players on the LA Chargers. Would players from the 2019 draft class improve in 2020 with a limited offseason impacted by coronavirus? That question is still up in the air with players like Trey Pipkins and Nasir Adderley, but there’s been visible development from Jerry Tillery.
Tillery already has three sacks compared to his two from last season. He also has seven more QB hits and hurries. He forced his first turnover in the NFL last week when Derek Carr coughed up the football before halftime.
Defending against the run is still a weakness in Tillery’s game, but his pass-rushing skills are more than making up for it. His new skill of being able to effectively play the edge at the NFL level in addition to the interior is a big development. His speed and size can be used everywhere on the line.
Time will tell as to what the future holds for Tillery, but he’s off to a great start midway through his second season. The final eight games in 2020 represent an opportunity for the former Golden Domer to work his way into higher snap counts each week.