The last game of the season gave us some of the best performances of the year for a handful of Chargers, including the team’s two first-round rookies. Some of the teams undrafted free agent signings from this year also either saw a career high in snaps or their first professional snaps, in general.
The Bolts finished strong and have set themselves up with plenty of positive momentum heading into the offseason that their new head coach can hopefully capitalize on.
There’s not much else to say so let’s go ahead and dive into the final edition of my thoughts and notes on the Chargers’ latest round of snap counts.
- It wasn’t the ideal end of the season for the team’s offensive line acquisitions of Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga. Turner only played in 24 percent of the snaps while Bulaga missed the final two games of the season with another injury. The Chargers played most of their final game of the year with a lineup of Storm Norton-Forrest Lamp-Dan Feeney-Cole Toner-Trey Pipkins. Yikes.
- Despite playing the third-most snaps by a running back, Justin Jackson led all backs with 72 yards on nine carries. He also caught a lone pass that he took for 32 yards on a screen to help him finish with 104 total yards from scrimmage.
- Without Keenan Allen, Mike Williams thrived with 108 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. Jalen Guyton led the position with 70 percent of the snaps but he finished with zero receptions on four targets, including a dropped pass on a bomb by Herbert which may have been the difference in the rookie not breaking the passing yardage record this season.
- Stephen Anderson led the tight ends in snaps at 61 percent. He was second on the team with 52 yards receiving on three catches. He also added another tough run after the catch which helped spur on the Chargers offense.
- Four players on the Chargers defense played 100 percent of the snaps against the Chiefs: Nasir Adderley, Kenneth Murray, Michael Davis, and Michael Davis.
- Rookie safety Alohi Gilman played a career-high 87 percent of the defensive snaps against Kansas City in place of both Rayshawn Jenkins and Jahleel Addae who were both out with injuries. Gilman finished with three total tackles and a single quarterback hit.
- With Casey Hayward out, Tevaughn was given the nod to start at outside cornerback opposite of Michael Davis. He played 68 percent of the snaps and finished with three tackles. By the end of the game, him, Gilman, and Brandon Facyson were all knocked out with injuries.
- UDFA defensive ends Jesse Lemonier and Joe Gaziano both played 26 percent of the snaps with the latter recording his career high. Neither ended up being all that productive, but Lemonier did record his first career sack before an offsides penalty nullified it.
- UDFA cornerback John Brannon was forced into action due to a number of injuries at the position. He ended up playing five total snaps and didn’t record any statistics.
- Isaac Rochell recorded the team’s lone sack of the afternoon which resulted in a safety. He finished with 2.5 sacks on the season.
- Michael Badgley didn’t have to attempt a field goal against the Chiefs but he did convert all four of his extra-point attempts. He ended the season with nine-straight made kicks through the team’s final two games.