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Chargers vs. 49ers: Players to Watch on Defense

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Richard Wade: Okay, guys. Tell us who you are watching for in tonight’s game on defense.

Matthew Stanley: On Defense, I'm going to see if Trovon Reed plays, but mostly I'll be watching the snap counts at LB and S. Those position groups are pretty tough to figure out how they are going decide the last few spots.

Michael Peterson: Nigel Harris and James Onwualu. Both have one final game to show the deserve to be on this team which happens to need help at linebacker. I expect to see them flying around tonight

Louis Gorini: Korey Toomer is the guy I am going to be looking at on the defensive side. I'm hoping he balls out so he becomes the starting Mike backer and put all the Nick Dzubnar starting talk to rest.

Jamie Hoyle: On defense, I'll be watching fourth round pick Rayshawn Jenkins. In my opinion, Jenkins has been outplayed by Dexter McCoil on both defense and special teams through the first three preseason games, so I'll be paying extra close attention to Gus Bradley's "guy." I want to see how he holds up in coverage, if he's around the ball, if whether or not he can make a couple plays against backups. Right now it seems likely Rayshawn makes the roster based on draft position as opposed to merit, so I'm looking for him to earn the spot he's likely to get over McCoil, who has earned it on the field.

Garrett Sisti: Caraun Reid was a pleasant surprise last season before getting injured but so far in the preseason he’s been relatively quiet with 7th round pick Isaac Rochell breathing down his neck. Those two are seemingly fighting for a roster spot with Tenny Palepoi out Week 1.

Ruben J. Gonzalez: Defensively, I will be watching Craig Mager. I truly expect this to be his last game, and I just kinda wanna send him off with some respect. It wasn't his fault he got chosen four rounds too early.

Cody Young: I'm watching Rayshawn Jenkins. He's been practically invisible so far this preseason. I'd like to see something out of him in the last game before the regular season opens.

Jake Hefner: I'll be watching CB Michael Davis. The "buzz" player of the preseason had his best game last week against the Rams, after a rough two weeks of preseason action. Davis is in a battle with fellow DB's Trovon Reed, Trevor Williams, and Craig Mager. Davis should be in line for a good handful of snaps tonight and needs to build off of his momentum from last week and deliver a solid game to make the final 53.

Which defensive players are you focusing on tonight?