The LA Chargers had a pretty successful start to the 2022 season. Not only did the Bolts get revenge over the Las Vegas Raiders but the team also saw some of its new faces make a big impact in this game as intended.
Khalil Mack was the star of the game as he silenced his critics with three sacks in the game. Bryce Callahan played lock-down defense on Hunter Renfrow, DeAndre Carter and Gerald Everett both caught touchdown passes, and the new-look run defense looked stout.
It was a good day in the office for the Bolts and a great feeling for fans as these new additions are living up to the hype. That being said, these new additions did replace some talented Chargers players, who balled out elsewhere in Week 1.
This is by no means an effort to say that the Chargers should have brought these players back whether it be last offseason or prior offseasons. This is merely celebrating former Chargers in Week 1. As long as it does not negatively impact the Bolts, we love to see it.
These former Chargers balled out in Week 1:
Melvin Ingram is on his third team since leaving the Chargers after the 2019 season and he kickstarted his Dolphins tenure with a bang. While Ingram did not record any pressures on Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, he did scoop up a loose football and took it to the house for six.
This is only the second touchdown of Ingram's long career. His other touchdown came in 2017 in the infamous Nathan Peterman game against the Buffalo Bills. Joey Bosa hit the ball loose out of Tyrod Taylor's hand in the second half and Ingram scooped and scored, similar to his touchdown in Week 1.
Speaking of former Chargers named Melvin and fumbling...
Uchenna Nwosu had a big first game with the Seattle Seahawks on primetime against the Denver Broncos. Nwosu forced Javonte Williams to fumble at the goal-line, which came one drive after Melvin Gordon fumbled at the goal-line in a play that Nwosu was also involved in.
Nwosu finished the game with seven combined tackles and a sack on Russell Wilson. The former Chargers second-round pick received a 90.7 PFF grade in Week 1 with five total quarterback pressures.
Kyzir White did not score a touchdown or have the big plays like Nwosu, but he still had a solid debut for the Philadelphia Eagles. While he was credited with two missed tackles, he made his presence felt with his coverage ability, which the Chargers sorely are missing even with the revamped defense.
After seeing Kyle Van Noy get absolutely torched on a halfback wheel route against Brandon Bolden, some fans might be longing yet again for White. He was not a perfect linebacker, but he is far more athletic than Van Noy and would allow Van Noy to play more on the edge, which is where he is best at this point in his career.
All in all, we hope that these former Chargers continue to have solid seasons for their new teams. But when the Bolts play Nwosu and Ingram they are going to have to accept a bad game against their former team. That is just the way it is.