3 Chargers who have undoubtedly earned a larger role during playoff push

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3. Ja'Sir Taylor

Ja'Sir Taylor received his first career start in place of Bryce Callahan against the Miami Dolphins and he had as good of a debut as a rookie corner could have. Taylor primarily played in the slot for the Chargers but also logged nine snaps in the box, showing his versatility as a defensive back.

Taylor has quietly been one of the most exciting rookies of the 2022 draft class for the Chargers. The report on Taylor coming into the league was that he had the raw tools but was rather green and would need to develop at the NFL level. His rookie season has to be a great sign that he is trending in the right direction.

Taylor has been a very positive impact on Ryan Ficken's special teams, particularly as a gunner on the punt team. The punt coverage has been fantastic this season and Taylor's athleticism and smart play on special teams has been a big reason why.

Then he comes into the game having to start against one of the most explosive offenses in the league and looks like he has been starting all season. It is clear that Taylor can hang in the NFL and it will be interesting to see what kind of role he gets moving forward.

To be fair, Callahan has been very strong this season and it is hard to carve out a consistent role on this defense with Callahan healthy. However, before Week 14, Taylor logged only 11 snaps on defense, all coming in the previous three weeks.

That is going to change and while he might not have a massive role, there is a good chance we see Taylor on the field more in these final four weeks.