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

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3. Michael Davis

Michael Davis has had a spectacular turnaround this season and is playing at the level that Chargers fans expected him to play at after 2020. Davis put together a solid 2020 season that looked like it was building into something special. That earned him a new contract with the Bolts and with Brandon Staley in town, the sky was the limit for Davis.

However, the scheme change did not suit Davis very well as he struggled in his first season with the team. This led to Davis falling down the depth chart as the fourth cornerback heading into the season. He was only given a consistent starting role with J.C. Jackson getting hurt.

And Davis has made the most of that starting role. While I would be cautious in calling him a true CB1 since he has been inconsistent in his career, he certainly has been playing like a true CB1 this season. With Asante Samuel's strong play opposite of Davis, the Chargers' secondary has really blossomed into a well-rounded unit.

It will be interesting to see what the Chargers do with Davis this offseason. At the beginning of the season, he was the most obvious cut candidate as he was not playing well and would free up $7.4 million against the cap.

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But with how he is playing now, it would be really hard for the team to let Davis go when he is already under contract for a reasonable price next season.