With one preseason game in the books, the Los Angeles Chargers didn’t get the introduction they wanted. The Seahawks destroyed the Chargers by the score of 48-17 in the first game at the StubHub Center.
Headlined by boneheaded decisions and possibly the worst quarterback play Chargers fans have ever seen. This was one to forget. Next week’s game against the New Orleans Saints cannot come soon enough.
Some did manage to shine. A rookie cornerback managed to snag an interception while the first team offense looked nearly perfect. Other than that, it was mostly bad for Los Angeles’ newest franchise.
Here are some winners and losers from the Chargers’ first preseason game.
Winner: Philip Rivers and the first team offense
Thankfully, the Los Angeles Chargers first team offense looked terrific. Philip Rivers had a nice, clean pocket and was delivering balls with great accuracy. The offensive line did have some issues opening up holes for Melvin Gordon, but to see Rivers upright during his lone drive was a relief.
Loser: Backup quarterbacks
The Los Angeles Chargers backup quarterbacks are terrible. Aside from a 74-yard bomb to Travis Benjamin, Kellen Clemens was brutal. Recent trade acqusition Cardale Jones was just as bad if not worse. Fourth-string quarterback Mike Bercovici was uninspiring in his short appearance as well. It was painful to watch the offense after Rivers hit the sidelines.
Loser: Denzel Perryman
Man, the Chargers cannot get away from injuries to key players. Linebacker Denzel Perryman will be out 4-6 weeks with a ankle injury. The former second-round pick has had some issues staying on the field in his young career and that trend will continue this season. The injury looked worse live, but the fact that he might be back by week two is a positive.
Loser: Second/Third Team offensive line
Let’s start at the tackle positions. Both Tyreek Burwell and Chris Hairston didn’t play well. Seattle’s ends were consistently getting pressure on the quarterback leading to rushed throws. On the interior, Andre Williams had nowhere to run. He was getting hit in the backfield and didn’t receive a chance to show much in his extended look.
Winner: Desmond King
Desmond King was considered a steal when the Chargers selected him in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. He is already living up to that title. King picked off Trevone Boykin and was one of the lone bright spots in a Chargers secondary that got torched. King was all over the field and made a handful of nice plays. He will have to continue to play at a high level if he wants to win the slot corner job.
Loser: Michael Davis
Michael Davis will have the ultimate uphill battle for the remainder of the preseason. The Seahawks attacked him for almost two full quarters and he had no answers. His matchup for most of the night was Kasen Williams who had four receptions for a whopping 119 yards. Davis refused to get his head turned around paid the price.
Winner: Damion Square
As the Chargers search for defensive line depth, Damion Square has begun to separate himself. Against Seattle’s second-team offensive line, Square shined. He had a few nice hits on Boykin and just missed a sack but Tenny Palepoi cleaned it up. The change to a 4-3 defense should suit Square better as well.