Jerry Tillery also falls into the same category as Lamp and Kelley. Early season success followed by later struggles seems to be a theme for some of the younger players on the team this season.
It’s been a month since the Raiders game. That’s the last time Tillery had more than one pressure in a game and it’s the last time he recorded a sack.
Tillery moving out to LEO in place of Melvin Ingram and Uchenna Nwosu has also not been a terribly successful experiment recently. Boneheaded penalties have cost him in recent games vs. New York, Buffalo, and New England. A penalty once in a while wouldn’t be so bad if consistent pressure was coming with it.
While Tillery definitely showed signs of life in the first half of this season, his second half has been very similar to the 2019 struggles so far. His speed and physicality simply aren’t showing on tape. With Melvin Ingram likely gone next season, there needs to be a more consistent attack from #99 to generate pressure.
Setting the edge is important as well. Teams have been running all over the Chargers in part because they can’t set the edge opposite of Joey Bosa with Tillery’s weaknesses in the run game.
Tillery had successful performances against Kansas City and Las Vegas, so maybe those are replicable down the stretch.