San Diego Chargers, Def, Chargers
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2016 Outlook:Last updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
San Diego finished 27th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (2005) with ball carriers gaining 4.8 yards per rush with 17 rushing TDs. The damage could have been worse as teams attempted 26.1 runs per game, which was just below the league average (26.3). The Chargers allowed the most runs of 20 yards or more (21).
Their pass defense ranked 18th in passing yards allowed (3789) with 22 TDs and 11 Ints, while only delivering 32 sacks.
CB Jason Verrett made nice step forward after missing half of 2014 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The Chargers selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Jason was one of the better cover CBs in the league with no value in run support. CB Casey Hayward will take over on the other side of the field after grading highly in coverage as well in 2015. Casey will be a non-factor in run support. CB Brandon Flowers remains a huge liability in coverage, and he will have fewer responsibilities in 2016. The safety position looks to be in transition. Dwight Lowery will take over at free safety while offering some downside risk in coverage and weakness against the run. S Jahleel Addae will also add risk to this secondary. Flowers may see time at safety in 2016.
The Chargers' best defensive player in 2015 was LB Melvin Ingram. He had a career-high 10.5 sacks with success as a run defender. LB Denzel Perryman was San Diego's best run defender with risk in coverage in his rookie season. LB Manti Te'o struggled in all areas last year. LB Jeremiah Attaochu had six sacks in his second season in the league with winning success in the run game. San Diego selected him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Rookie Joey Bosa should move right into the starting lineup on the defensive line. The Chargers lack pass rushing talent so he'll be under pressure to perform in his rookie season. NT Brandon Mebane looks to be a rotational player with risk on early down against the run. DT Corey Liuget should be the replacement for Mebane against the run, but he's recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.
San Diego lacks talent on the defensive line, which puts the pressure on the second and third levels of the defense. They should have strength at the starting two CB slots with one upside player at linebacker; Bosa could be nice add to this defense if he can create pressure on the QB. Overall, this defense isn't worthy of being Fantasy relevant due to lack of playmakers.
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