Bolts & Dolts: Chargers Preseason Victory Over Cowboys

San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie (83) celebrates after scoring during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium.

Everyone remember how we do this? I go through the box score after the game, and factor in a little bit of what I remember from watching it, and declare winners ("bolts") and losers ("dolts") from the San Diego Chargers.


Bolts

Charlie Whitehurst - 7/12, 122 pass yds, 2 pass TDs
Ol' Chucky Ballgame came ready to ball. He was making every throw in the book, buying time in the pocket and generally looking like an improvement over recent backup QB Billy Volek.

Le'Ron McClain - 2 carries, 8 rush yds, 1 rec, 8 rec yds
As opposed to the first game, I liked everything I saw from McClain against the Cowboys. He was popping guys on run blocking and looked almost Mike Tolbert-esque with the ball in his hands.

Jacob Hester - 2 carries, 5 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 1 rec, 12 rec yds
Pretty much the same game as McClain with some good special teams work added in. Between his goal-line rushing ability, the fact that he can backup RB and FB, and his work on special teams....Hester is a valuable man to have on this roster.

Mike Willie - 1 rec, 38 rec yds, 1 rec TD
We finally learned WIllie's name. For as much as I've been touting Taylor Embree as the best rookie UDFA WR in camp, Willie has been opening eyes with his combination of side and speed.

Donald Butler - 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD
A fairly normal Donald Butler game, by which I mean he was obviously the best player on the defense and did nothing but make plays until he was taken out of the game.

Melvin Ingram - 3 tackles, 1 sack
Ingram didn't have as good of an all-around game as he did against the Packers, but on his sack he looked downright dominant (against a 3rd string TE/FB). It was fun to see and it got the people jazzed.

Shareece Wright - 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 PDs, 1 INT
Wright had a solid game in coverage, showed some good skill as a blitzer and nearly got himself a TD when an INT basically fell into his lap. He needed a game like that.


Dolts

Vincent Brown - 2 recs, 31 rec yards, 1 TD
Brown was having another outstanding preseason game until he broke his ankle catching a touchdown pass. That single play, and injury, made is a bad game for him and the Chargers.

Chargers Running Game - 26 carries, 53 rush yds, 2 rush TDs
The offensive line got not push and opened no holes. It was like that all game. When there were holes, the Chargers' RBs were missing them. This looked like something that needs a lot of work over the next two weeks.

Ladarius Green - 1 target
With Brown going down, it opens up more opportunities for Eddie Royal, Michael Spurlock and Ladarius Green. Now Green just needs to do something outside of practice.

Jarret Johnson - 2 tackles
Johnson looked like Travis LaBoy when he was on the field and seemed vastly inferior to Melvin Ingram in terms of pass-rushing ability. That's something that John Pagano will have to gameplan around.

Chargers Defensive Secondary
Quentin Jammer played well, when healthy, as did Antoine Cason. Shareece Wright we already covered. The guys below them were awful, though. They gave up 7 catches for 104 to Cole Beasley. Exactly. Today, Wright and Marcus Gilchrist are both missing practice due to hamstring injuries. The lack of depth at this position is becoming a real cause for concern.

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