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Four Chargers who could be entering make-or-break years in 2022

A former first round pick back in 2019, defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had his best year as a pro in 2021. Can he take the next step in 2022?
A former first round pick back in 2019, defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had his best year as a pro in 2021. Can he take the next step in 2022? / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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With the NFL Draft just around the corner, the Chargers roster will still be stabilizing throughout the summer. That said, there are some players on the squad who are entering a pivotal season in 2022.

For the purposes of this article, Bolt Beat will be taking a look at a handful of players on the current Bolts roster that are entering a make-or-break campaign in 2022 and what they can do to make the most of next season. See more below for some analysis on these Bolts. Keep in mind, these selections are not in any kind of order as well. 

4 Chargers entering make-or-break seasons in 2022:

1. Jerry Tillery

The Notre Dame product had a consistent year in 2021 and put together his most productive season as a pro to date. With 51 combined tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks, Tillery was a strong performer along the Chargers' defensive line.

Starting mainly at defensive tackle last season, the Notre Dame product is penciled in as the left defensive end in the base 3-4 defense for the Chargers but has the experience to shift around. With career-high marks in combined tackles, tackles for loss and sacks, perhaps Tillery has found a new groove under head coach Brandon Staley. However, he can certainly bolster his stock for Los Angeles if he has a big season in 2022. 

After being selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Tillery had struggled at times in his first two seasons as a pro and was not producing at a first-round level (14 combined starts in his first two years). That did change last season with the defensive lineman starting 15 games and appearing in 16 contests.

It would appear that Tillery is meshing much better with head coach Staley’s defensive schemes and will be a key cog on the Chargers' defensive line. If he can soak up more blocks and improve his run-stuffing ability, the Bolts will have a big decision on their hands when his contract comes due in 2024. 

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