At the beginning of the season, it looked like Jerry Tillery had arrived. He had two fantastic games against Cincinnati and Kansas City. Tillery unleashed on Patrick Mahomes, racking up five pressures and three quarterback hits.
While he wasn’t terribly consistent from game to game, Tillery was someone that opposing offensive lines truly had to worry about in the first half of the season. In the first eight games, he had 24 pressures, three sacks, 14 hurries, seven quarterback hits, and a forced fumble.
His second half of the season is ultimately why he lands on this list for me though. Tillery recorded just 11 pressures, zero sacks, five hurries, and six quarterback hits over the back half.
The argument will be that Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were out for extended periods. That’s understandable, but the pressures getting cut by more than half when the Chargers weren’t really playing elite offensive lines is concerning.
There was certainly an improvement in year two, but consistency remains a problem. Hopefully, with a full offseason program, Tillery can make a real leap to prove that he was worth being drafted as high as he was.
Also, the Chargers need to firmly define his position as an edge or interior tackle.