We've talked about the players who got off to a hot start against the Rams, but now's the time to talk about the LA Chargers who started their preseason off on the wrong foot. There were three efforts in particular that I'd deem worthy of an L from Saturday:
The 3 LA Chargers who disappointed in the preseason win over the Rams:
LT Trey Pipkins
Year three of the Trey Pipkins project probably couldn't be off to a worse start. Pipkins has lost some playing time during camp as Storm Norton has rotated in more with the starting unit when Bryan Bulaga has rested or been out. The dynamic was different last season as Pipkins usually came in as relief for Bulaga.
Last night in particular, Norton played 95% of the team's offensive snaps while Pipkins clocked in at 66%. It's been underreported to this point, but there's certainly been a change of mindset when it comes to the Chargers' swing tackle spot.
His effort last night looked like the same old Pipkins we've become accustomed to. Justin Lawler rushed right through #79 on his way to a quality pressure on Chase Daniel:
In fairness, Norton wasn't all that much better. They got blown up together later on a play where Easton Stick had to run for his life:
On a technical level, I could probably categorize both Norton and Pipkins as "losers' from Saturday's contest. Considering the nature of the draft capital they used on Pipkins in conjunction with a complete lack of development though, I lean towards the Sioux Falls product as more of a liability. Norton may or may not work out as the swing tackle, but he's seemingly already passed by Pipkins and was a lower risk acquisition anyhow.
Year three Pipkins still blocking like he wears roller skates is incredibly disappointing no matter what way it's spun.