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LA Chargers: 3 players who disappointed against the Rams

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The entire LA Chargers special teams

There are too many players to count here. Special teams coordinator Derius Swinton's revitalized group has a lot to do after Week 1 of the preseason.

On the stat sheet, it probably seems OK. Tristan Vizcaino made both of his field goals while Michael Badgley converted an extra point. There wasn't too much progress made on the kicker battle as I saw it. Both left their kickoffs pretty short though. Towards the end of the first half, Vizcaino committed a delay of game on a kickoff.

Watching the punt coverage was difficult to say the least. On one of their first punts, the Chargers were saved by a holding penalty that brought the Rams back 10 yards. Ty Long later booted a punt about 50 yards to the opposing 10-yard line, only for the Rams to return it to midfield with a lot of Chargers just not in the right spot:

Breiden Fehoko got a critical stop for the Chargers on a 3rd and 2 Rams' run that forced a punt early in the third quarter. An illegal substitution prior to the punt gave the Rams a new, free set of downs though. Baffling penalties, bad punt coverage, and so-so kickoffs. If it sounds familiar, that's because it is.

Swinton still has plenty of time to turn it around and I'm not too concerned after one preseason game. But it's hard for me to say that last night's special teams was a notch above the Anthony Lynn/George Stewart era in any noticeable way.

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