Los Angeles Chargers welcome the Seattle Seahawks to So Cal
By Cameron Buford
It could be argued that the NFL doesn’t need 4 total pre-season games for teams to be adequately prepared for the regular season. Seeing how there are less than 15 spots typically open each season on a given NFL team. Whether the other positions are taken up by experience, salary or draft class, teams most often have a smaller number of positions available than many may initially think. As teams starters and backups on both sides of the ball will take up 44 spots, once a team identifies their punter and kicker that’s 46 of an available 53 spots in a team.
In their 2nd to last preseason game, the Los Angeles are likely most concerned with identifying a #3 quarterback. Which guy will claim that 5th and 6th receiver position, in addition to and how they solidify the back end of their defense considering the loss of their All-Pro Safety Derwin James as next week’s cut down day quickly approaches.
It would be safe to pencil in Tyrod Taylor as the backup to Phillip Rivers. With that being the case, the lone quarterback competition is narrowed down to 3rd year NFL quarterback and former Ohio State Buckeye Cardale Jones and North Dakota State and 2019 5th round draft pick Easton Stick. Each QB saw extended minutes in the game on Saturday night.
While Jones guided the Chargers to 3 points by completing 4 of 5 passes in his time on the field. Stick came in and completed 12 of 16 passes and led the Chargers to 2, 4th quarter touchdowns during his time on the field. From what I’ve seen this rookie has played his way into a position on this team.
The Seattle Seahawks came into this game committed to the run game, just as they have last season when they led the entire league in rushing since Week 3. Although Rayshawn Jenkins got his fingertips on a pass attempt from Russell Wilson to the speedy Tyler Lockett to help his cause towards his battle for playing time at the Strong Safety position; the Seahawks later converted that same play which put the Seahawks in scoring position.
Regardless of who was in the game, the Chargers brass could not have been happy to give up 125 yards rushing at halftime and 185 yards rushing for the game. Having to mix up their secondary, due to injuries has clearly impacted their ability to stop the run. I would imagine this would be a major source of concern going into this week of practice.
Clemson’s 2nd-year receiver Artavis Scott led the Chargers in receptions and yards with 4 receptions and 66 yards. Likely his toughest competition for the final Wide Receiver position, Andre Patton ended the game with 1 catch, for 8 yards. The other receivers in the competition 5th year veteran from Connecticut and Louisiana State Malachi Dupre each was targeted in the game but did not come down with a catch on Saturday night in Carson.
These guys competing for this final several positions will one final week to compete for their opportunity to make the team when the Charger take on the San Francisco 49ers the coming week in there on final Pre-Season game Thursday night. Let us know your thoughts and feedback on the Chargers development through preseason with us by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans” Podcast which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TunedIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!