The 3 Chargers who have led the team's defensive renaissance

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2. Breiden Fehoko

Breiden Fehoko has long been a fan favorite and a lot of fans were upset when he did not get his chance to start the season. Fehoko made the 53-man roster but was inactive in Week 1, only to lose his spot to Christian Covington the following week.

Fehoko turned in a solid preseason and showing at training camp and it was frustrating to see the team struggle so much against the run while Fehoko was on the practice squad. The former LSU Tiger finally got his chance out of necessity when the Chargers suffered a litany of injuries on the interior defensive line and he has played really well since.

If you peek at his PFF grade it would tell a different story but that is missing the bigger picture with Fehoko. Fehoko has stepped up when the Chargers really needed him to and while he might not add much as a pass rusher, he has been solid against the run for the Bolts this season.

Fehoko has registered eight run stops in 133 snaps this season but even when he is not the one registering the stop he has made an impact and opened a lane for someone else. That number is watered down by some slower weeks recently in which the Bolts did not face as many runs up the middle.

Is he someone that is going to play every down and have a massive impact regardless of the situation? No. But his strong, mistake-free play has been a consistent presence on the defensive line that has made a difference.