Some news was dropped about an hour before the Chargers kick off their 2018 campaign regarding the starters on the defensive side of the ball...
Chargers say Isaac Rochell will start at DE for Joey Bosa, Derwin James will start at S for Rayshawn Jenkins and Kyzir White will start at OLB for Jatavis Brown.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) September 9, 2018
We knew that Joey Bosa would be out today, and if you were paying attention during the offseason and training camp practices you won’t be surprised to see that Isaac Rochell has been pegged as the starter in the interim. Rochell came in to camp this year notably in better shape and his play has reflected that, with a burst we hadn’t seen last season as well as some additional pass rush ability that I personally didn’t think he was capable of. He was impressive in preseason action, here’s hoping that can transition in to results today and for as long as Bosa is ailing with the foot injury.
Derwin James. Pretty sure I won’t be the only one who isn’t surprised to see that he will be getting the start instead of Rayshawn Jenkins as the starting safety opposite Jahleel Addae. This was the safety pairing we saw in the week three preseason matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The discussion of how we classify each of them and the role they play will play itself out as the season goes on, but if the practices I saw are an indicator they will likely have Derwin closer to the line of scrimmage while rotating them from time to time to keep the offense guessing. Starting Derwin is the right move, no matter the role they put him in. You don’t keep someone with that kind of ability off of the field.
Kyzir White is the surprise here, for me. Not when you take in to account how good he looked in the preseason, but in reference to expectations of a fourth round selection in the NFL Draft who is changing positions. This move became even more likely when you factor in how Jatavis Brown played last season, and even more recently this year in the preseason. Quite frankly, he hasn’t adjusted well to Gus Bradley’s defense and it’s becoming more obvious each and every game. I was a fan of that selection and how he played in 2016, but Kyzir starting is the right move for this defense.
What do you think of these moves? Were they the same direction you would have gone?