Being responsible for blocking Myles Garrett in week five was by far Rashawn Slater’s toughest task to date of his young rookie season. Against the Ravens on Sunday, the degree of difficulty took a notable dip as he faced the likes of Tyus Bowser and an elder Justin Houston.
Slater came out of that game mistake-free and earned a 65.1 overall game grade. His overall season grade remains at a noteworthy 75.9, which currently ranks second among all rookie players in the NFL.
“Slater had an easier day at the office this week with no Myles Garrett to block, and he allowed no pressure from 45 pass-blocking snaps,” said PFF analyst Sam Monson. “He had a couple of close calls, losing reps that would have become pressure had Justin Herbert taken any more time in the pocket, and that will keep his PFF pass-blocking grade a little lower than the perfect pressure rate would suggest. Slater is clearly already a top-tier tackle in the NFL. The only question is how good he’ll be when all is said and done.”
Hearing the words “Chargers” and “top-tier tackle in the NFL” together is just terribly hard to get used to, but I can’t complain. Finally having that position checked off the list of annual problems is one heck of a feeling.
And now for today’s links.
The top photos from the trip to Baltimore (Chargers.com)
The best and worst PFF grades from Sunday’s loss (Chargers Wire)
The run defense should be better after the bye (Bolt Beat)
Grading Justin Herbert in Sunday’s loss (Bolt Beat)
Sean McVay regrets how the Jared Goff trade unfolded (ESPN)
Titans rookie Caleb Farley may have torn his ACL (ESPN)
The Titans stopped the Bills on fourth down to pull out a win on MNF (Pro Football Talk)
What we learned from MNF (NFL.com)
Week seven power rankings (NFL.com)
Week seven winners and losers (CBS Sports)