LA Chargers 53-man roster predictions, defensive tackles:
- Linval Joseph
- Jerry Tillery
- Justin Jones
- Christian Covington
The defensive line is tricky to predict in terms of position groupings as we do not know for sure what the LA Chargers are going to run formation-wise. It looks like the team is going to go to a 3-4 defense but based on Brandon Staley’s prior comments, we are likely going to see a hybrid defense that utilizes different numbered fronts.
So for simplicity’s sake, we are grouping the positions as defensive tackles, edge rushers, linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties. The edge rushers would technically be outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense but that is different from the linebackers we are referring to.
Linval Joseph was solid in both pass rush and run defense last season but there is a definite possibility that he could regress in 2021. He is not only in the last year of his deal, but is one year older on the wrong side of 30.
As we saw with Casey Hayward last season, sometimes the regression can happen suddenly and without notice.
Justin Jones and Christian Covington are fine depth options. There is absolutely nothing to complain about when those two are your third and fourth defensive tackle options. The place to be concerned is Jerry Tillery.
This is a make-or-break year for Tillery. While it is too soon to call him a bust, if he does not improve his play and stop the costly penalties this year then he will go down as Tom Telesco’s worst first-round selection.