Potential Chargers busts: Jerry Tillery
To be fair, Jerry Tillery has made some improvements in year two from his first season, which was not fantastic. The idea of Tillery on the defensive line alongside Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram was very exciting; however, Tillery was so disappointing in his first season that it made defensive tackle an offseason need for the team.
Tillery has been better in year two and he had a really good game to open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, making us all hope that he had turned the corner in his career. However, he has been too inconsistent and has committed too many pointless penalties that have hurt the team.
Tillery has three sacks, nine quarterback hits and 28 total pressures in 365 pass-rush snaps this season. That is not a downright terrible number but he has to be more consistent in his production if he is going to live up to his first-round moniker. And of course, he has to limit the bad penalties.
There is the possibility of the Chargers moving Tillery to be an edge rusher and the hope is that transition can open Pandora’s Box for the young defensive lineman. However, if he cannot thrive there next season and continues to be as inconsistent as he is then he will be considered a bonafide bust.
This 2019 draft class is not looking that great. There is another player from that class that makes the cut as well.