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4 huge long-term positives Chargers fans can take away from Week 5 win

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2. Jamaree Salyer had another great game, this time against a much tougher opponent

While we are on the topic of the offensive line, we might as well bring up the player who took the left tackle job from Storm Norton. The Chargers rightfully decided that they had seen enough of Norton at left tackle and tapped in the rookie sixth-round pick, Jamaree Salyer, to play left tackle in place of Rashawn Slater.

Salyer played tackle in college but he was projected by just about everyone, including the Chargers, to be a left guard. As promising as he was, there were reasons to be cautious about expecting too much out of him at left tackle. After all, he is a rookie that was not even projected to play the position.

In his first start against the Texans Salyer showed a lot of potential, receiving over a 90 PFF pass-blocking grade while not allowing a single pressure. His second start against the Cleveland Browns was a much bigger test, though, with Myles Garrett returning to action.

And the results for Salyer and the Chargers were extremely positive. Garrett definitely had his moments in the game, but overall, the rookie left tackle did an excellent job at weathering the storm both in the pass game and run game.

Salyer is not going to come up against many pass-rushers who are as good as Garrett for the rest of the year. While he will still take some rookie lumps, the fact that he could play this well against one of the best in the entire sport is an extremely exciting sign not just for the rest of the season, but for his NFL future.

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