2. Kyler Fackrell wins the LA Chargers starting edge rusher job
Heading into camp this looked to be Uchenna Nwosu's job to lose. The former second-round pick had been a rotational piece behind Melvin Ingram for three seasons and this was his first chance to outright get the starting job and show his value.
There were a lot of Charger fans that were very high on Nwosu. Personally, I was a bit more skeptical as Nwosu had never played more than 37% of the defensive snaps in a season. Taking the leap to be an every-down option is a big jump, especially in a new defense.
We have seen that play out a bit in camp and the preseason. While Nwosu has been good, he hasn't been any better than Kyler Fackrell, who is perhaps the most surprising signing that the Bolts made in the offseason.
Fackrell has done a bit more in the preseason, recording a sack against the 49ers in the second preseason game, and has more experience in the NFL than Nwosu does. With the physical production of the two being similar, the football mind of Fackrell should help him gain the edge.
That being said, this is likely going to be a rotating position that still sees both players get ample playing time. Fackrell might win the job but I would not be shocked whatsoever if the snaps are split 60% to Fackrell and 40% to Nwosu. That is how close the battle is.