Trey Pipkins was drafted as a project and it’s important to remember that. At the same time, we’re two years into the project with not all that much progress to show for it.
Pipkins was primarily called on whenever he was needed to sub in for Bryan Bulaga after an injury. It never went particularly well, so much so that the Chargers eventually felt more comfortable using XFL tackle Storm Norton instead.
Continuity certainly hurt Pipkins because he didn’t know he would start going into most games. That being said, there has to be some adaptation to that from week to week. In Week 12 against Buffalo, Pipkins allowed seven pressures, five hurries and one sack.
His snap total doubling definitely hurt his numbers, but it’s not a good sign that he allowed nearly double the pressures or quadruple the number of hurries with playing time increasing. He should be at a point where he’s becoming more comfortable, not less.
Pipkins falls into the same development boat as Tillery where the lack of a second-year offseason hurt him. That being said, it’s not good that we’re going into year three and we don’t feel any more comfortable with him playing than we did in year one.
His PFF grades went down by 10 points in each category with more snaps. Simply put, no real development.