Chargers vs. Seahawks: A Fan's Perspective
The wide receiver position was the most interesting position of the night. A few players stepped up to the occasion, and a few disappointed us.
Rookie WR Charly Martin probably has secured his position on the 53-man roster. Martin led the team in receiving yards with five catches for 67 yards and had two special team tackles.
Third-year WR Legedu Naanee had an up and down night. He caught three balls for 30 yards and a touchdown. However, Volek and Whitehurst both threw perfect balls, which he dropped, to Naanee. If Naanee wants to stay in talented stable of wide outs he will have to step it up a bit.
Buster Davis, Buster Davis, Buster Davis. Still, you show us glimpses of a great wide receiver, and you show us idiotic mistakes that has you buried in the depth chart. For example, Davis had a beautiful 41-yard catch and finished the night with 64 yards receiving, but he also dropped a perfect pass and had very poor route-running skills. In defense of Whitehurst, one of those picks was due to Buster's horrible route; he just stopped on a slant route right before Whitehurst threw it, but that's enough picking on Davis.
Floyd, Banks, and TE Wilson all contributed with big catches.
As I was expecting, new-comer LB Kevin Burnett showed off his skills. Burnett led the team in tackles in limited action. He stutter-stepped a few times, but that is expected from any player's first actual game. Overall, it looks like Burnett will take the majority of reps in the middle.
Brandon Hughes was second on the team with five tackles, but that is because he got them from behind after they burnt him. His night wasn't all that impressive.
Rookie S Kevin Ellison showed a lot of good things to us last night. He provided big hits and a good knowledge of the position. His stats weren't all that great, but he provided solid coverage, a lot better coverage than I expected anyways. I'm excited to see him play next week.
Antwan Applewhite, the second year RFA out of San Diego State, was a silent leader on defense as always. He also provided the team with it's only take-away. This kid can probably start on any other team in need of an OLB. Because of our depth at OLB, Applewhite and Tucker both have to make the most of what they have when they get it.
Gartrell Johnson disappointed in his Chargers' debut. He rushed five times for eight yards. He is supposed to be a power-runner, but he went down on first contact nearly every time. In his defense, the OL was horrible last night.
Rookie C Tyronne Green was originally to be a back-up center to Hardwick. However, that wasn't the new game plan. Green played at guard while Scott Mruczkowski, a fifth year player out of Bowling Green State, will provide some more experience at center.
Charlie Whitehurst was the reason for San Diego's loss to the Seahawks. His fourth quarter-surge didn't quite make up for his two picks and fumble; inexperience hurt Whitehurst, nothing else. However, Whitehurst still played decent throughout the rest of the game. He threw 15/29 for 193 yards and a TD.
Note: Gordon, Beckwith, English, Cooper, Dombrowski, Vasquez, Cesaire, and Bingham were all inactive, but technically, there aren't inactives during the preseason.
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