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Chargers Daily Links: Which Chargers players must step up following the bye?

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With a 1-4 record, there’s plenty of players — and coaches — who could be performing better following the team’s bye week. It’s not just one person’s fault for any of this season’s mishaps, so no need to put the blame in any one place.

But before the team can start fixing their issues, they must acknowledge what the issues are in the first place. So for starters, I wanted to ask all of you whom you think needs to up their game from this point on if the Chargers hope to turn their season around.

Who needs to play better and why?

I’ll get the ball rolling and say that linebacker Kyzir White needs to find a way to make some plays in coverage or else it’s going to be a long season for him. In the last three games for the Bolts, White as allowed 23 receptions on 27 targets for 252 yards and a touchdown. As former safety, you would think he’d have a little bit more in the way of coverage, but he’s struggling to keep up with just about everyone.

The Bolts have been in Nickel (two linebackers, five defensive backs) over 80 percent of their snaps this year while their Dime package (one LB, six DBs) has been all but erased from the playbook with a 0.9 percent usage in 2020. The Chargers aren’t doing the defense any favors by keeping a liability in coverage on the field in obvious passing situations.

What changes could we see in the game plan this week against the Jaguars? I can’t wait to find out.

But now it’s your turn. Who would you like to see step things up starting this week?

And here are today’s links.

Chargers News:

Chargers-Jaguars game preview (Chargers.com)

Gavino Borquez talks four adjustments the Bolts need to make for the rest of 2020 (Chargers Wire)

Jason Reed highlights Chargers who need to play better following the bye (Bolt Beat)

DT Breiden Fehoko landed his first sponsorship deal as an NFL player (Sports Illustrated)

NFL News:

It’s Tua Time in Miami and it’s going to be a big deal (ESPN)

The Saints were approved to have fans in attendance on Sunday (ESPN)

John Breech picks winners from the Week 7 slate of games (CBS Sports)

Josh Edwards ranks the NFL’s top rookies after Week 6 (CBS Sports)

Week 7 NFL power rankings (Bleacher Report)

Cowboys players have voiced discontent with their coaches (NFL.com)