Our picks for rookies of the year and the league's all-rookie team - Jeff Legwold
James showed remarkable versatility as a run-stopper -- see the playoff win over the Ravens -- and a pass-rusher and in coverage. He is athletic and smart, and he did some of his best work in the biggest moments. James had 105 tackles, knocked down 13 passes and tallied six quarterback hits and 3.5 sacks.
With Philip Rivers' Super Bowl window closing, Chargers must improve - Eric Williams
"You can count on the Patriots executing flawlessly," defensive end Isaac Rochell said. "They're not going to make dumb penalties. They're going to have a good game plan. And if you don't show up and are ready to play, they're going to beat you.
Re-grading every NFL team's 2018 offseason moves - Mike Sando
Derwin James' addition with the 17th overall choice carried the original grade and the re-grade for the Chargers. The do-everything safety instantly became a building block for the present and future. The six other players Los Angeles drafted in 2018 held roster spots during the season and earned playing time for a playoff-bound team, which pushes up the re-grade.
Seven storylines that defined the Chargers 2018 season - Tyler Schoon
No team wants to go home early, but despite the superior talent on the roster, the Chargers did just that. They fell in the divisional round of the playoffs, 41-28 to the New England Patriots, who out-classed them in nearly every category. Forget the final score; nothing went right for the Chargers on Sunday.
Signature Stat Spotlight: Safeties - Austin Gayle
Los Angeles Chargers rookie Derwin James finished right behind Bethea in pass-rush productivity (17.7) and tied for first with Jets’ Adams in total pressures on the year with 18. James and Adams, because of their positional versatility and high-end play in multiple areas, represent the next generation of safeties in the NFL.
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