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Chargers who should get playing time slashed after Week 4 win

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3. Christian Covington

The LA Chargers really seem to be in love with Christian Covington and it is hard to see why. The depth interior defensive lineman is meant to be a better pass-rushing option for the Chargers inside but he has not even been that for the team.

Covington making the roster has been relatively controversial as well. Fans rejoiced when Breiden Fehoko made the initially 53-man roster, only for him to be inactive in Week 1 and then get waived (and re-signed to the practice squad) prior to Week 2. This was to give Covington a roster spot.

Then, against the Texans, the Chargers decided to make promising run-stuffing rookie Otito Ogbonnia inactive. Ogbonnia has definitely earned his snaps, which is something that Covington has not done. But the team wanted more of a pass-rushing presence, so that is why Covington got the nod.

Covington played 19 defensive snaps (33%) and didn't really do much of anything. He was poor against the run and the one generated pressure that he had was not enough to make up for his poor play elsewhere.

It is strange why Brandon Staley and co. seem to love him so much as well as he was not even good last year. In 259 pass-rush snaps, he generated a grand total of six pressures. That does not make up for being a bad run defender.

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This was the first game that Covington got snaps in this season and quite frankly, it should be his last.

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