Not much to say about Sunday’s game that you won’t hear from me in other articles. Let’s just get to the point with this one.
Here are the snap counts for the Chargers against Denver along with my notes and thoughts.
- For the first time since Week 1 against the Bengals, all five offensive linemen who started the game played 100% of the snaps on offense. That’s a big deal. Cole Toner played admirably at right guard and may have earned himself more starts there if Trai Turner misses anymore time this season.
- Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry missed only two and three snaps, respectively, against the Broncos. I believe that’s a season-high, percentage-wise, for both players. I’m not sure that’s going to be sustainable, but having your best players on the field as much as possible isn’t a bad thing.
- Justin Jackson received the majority of the snaps out of the backfield but neither of the three played more than 50%. Jackson led the team at 47% while Pope finished at 29% and Kelley with 24%. Pope played well by injecting the ground game with a little more pop and he’ll likely see the same or more snaps this week against the Raiders.
- Donald Parham did not see an increase in snaps this week despite the loss of Virgil Green to a foot injury he sustained against the Jaguars. He finished with just 10 total snaps played while Stephen Anderson played just one.
- In his first start in the NFL in place of Desmond King, Tevaughn Campbell played 51 snaps (78%) on defense. That was the most by any player who didn’t play 100% of the snaps. He started strong like the rest of the defense but he struggled to maintain tight coverage in the second half, including on the game-winning touchdown throw to wideout K.J. Hamler.
- Joey Bosa went out with an apparent concussion on the first play in the fourth quarter. Even after missing that entire quarter, Bosa ended up playing just 46% of the defensive snaps. Aside from the concussion, I wonder if Bosa was also still dealing with some nagging injuries.
- Surprisingly, Jerry Tillery played 57% of the defensive snaps while Justin Jones played 51. Linval Joseph led the defensive interior with 71% of the snaps, which may be close to a season-high for him. It’s good to see that the big man can handle that snap load.
- The Chargers once again used the Dime package quite a bit more against the Broncos, just like they did against Jacksonville. Kyzir White played 57% of the snaps while Jahleel Addae played a season-high 42% of the snaps.
- Michael Badgley made all three of his kicks on Sunday, including one from beyond 50 yards. He’s back in the good graces of the coaching staff.