2. Jamaree Salyer
The LA Chargers lost Rashawn Slater to a ruptured biceps tendon in Week 3 that put him on the IR. The expectation is that Slater will miss the rest of the season, putting the Bolts in a serious bind at the left tackle position.
Thankfully, the Chargers did not simply keep the status quo and went away from Storm Norton at left tackle. Instead, the Bolts gave the start to rookie Jamaree Salyer, who played tackle in college but was expected to be a guard in the NFL.
While there was a lot of excitement around this decision the expectations still remained tempered. Salyer never played an NFL snap ahead of this game and was playing in a position that he was not expected to play in the NFL. It would have been okay if he struggled.
He didn't. Salyer put together a fantastic game at left tackle that was better than any game that Norton has put together in his career. While Houston does not have premier pass-rushers, Salyer looked every part of an NFL left tackle in this game.
This is extremely promising not just for the rest of the season but for Salyer as a player at the NFL level. He is not going to be perfect and there will be times where he looks like a rookie out there, but we now feel much better about Salyer starting at left tackle for the rest of 2022.