Thanks to a commanding lead in the 4th quarter, combined with the coaches finally starting to try somethings to see what they can improve.
Some huge changes on offensive snap counts this week. With Virgil Green, Travis Benjamin, and Mike Williams all inactive this week, Lance Kendricks, Dontrelle Inman, Geremy Davis, and Andre Patton all saw large jumps in snap counts. Kendricks and Geremy Davis both saw 27 more snaps this week, Inman went up 26 snaps and Patton saw the field 24 times after being active for the first time. Expect to see a few of those trends continue, especially Kendricks as he’s now the only healthy TE on the roster.
For the first time all season, the 5 starting offensive linemen did not see 100% of the snaps. Michael Schofield was actually the only player on offense to play 100% of the snaps. Forrest Lamp finally got some real snaps on offense. He wound up playing 25% of the offensive snaps which included a full drive at LG in place of Dan Feeney, as well as a full drive as the LT late in the game. Trey Pipkins got a drive as the RT and Scott Quessenberry got a drive as the Center. Even Philip Rivers got to take the final drive off and Tyrod Taylor got some snaps. It was a good game for the Chargers to try some things and get some live snaps for players they wanted to see.
More big changes on defense and good changes.
Michael Davis returned and played 100% of the snaps. He got his hands on 3 passes and picked one off. It was a big improvement over Brandon Facyson the last few weeks.
Melvin Ingram went down with an injury and apparently felt good enough to go back in but Keenan Allen was able to convince him to just stand down and rest. This left room for Uchenna Nwosu to play 79% of the defensive snaps which he turned into 3 tackles and a TFL.
Another positive change here was Thomas Davis only playing 79% of the snaps. I think this is a good number for him. Kept him fresh, left room for some other guys to get on the field who play the pass a bit better.
Those “other guys” were Kyzir White, Jatavis Brown, and Drue Tranquill. White doubled his snaps from last week, where Brown and Tranquill both saw double digit snaps on defense after not having any defensive snaps through the first 3 weeks.
Nasir Adderley also got on the field for 17% of the defensive snaps. Basically everyone we hoped to start seeing more playing time saw the field yesterday.
Nothing surprising or really interesting here. So many people saw snaps on offense and defense, that the “special teams only” players were who you’d expect they were.