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10 Chargers to Watch vs. the Seahawks

The Chargers kick off from ROKiT Field at StubHub Center Saturday night for the first time in 2018 when they host the Seattle Seahawks. How many snaps each player will receive is unknown, but here are 10 players to keep your eye on throughout the game:

CB Brandon Facyson -  An undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech, Facyson turned heads with his play a week ago. Yes, he did have an interception in which he dove to haul in a ball that was tipped in the air. However, it was his sticky coverage that was even more impressive than the pick. At 6-2, 197-pounds, Facyson brings size and length to the Bolts’ secondary. 

RB Detrez Newsome - The 5-10, 210-pound former Western Carolina star put himself on fans’ radar a week ago, showing tremendous speed and burst…not to mention an athletic back flip celebration after a six-yard TD run.  Newsome showed why his 6,969 all-purpose yards are the most in school history as he did most of his damage in the passing game, catching four passes for 34 yards. He also had a 37-yard touchdown run called back due to a hold away from the play. Another impressive performance could go a long way toward locking down a spot come September.

RB Justin Jackson - Meanwhile, Jackson may have a chance to make an impression after missing last week’s game vs. Arizona. The seventh-round pick out of Northwestern has also missed a couple weeks of training camp while nursing a minor injury. As a result, Head Coach Anthony Lynn said earlier this week that he doesn’t know much about the running back. He may get the chance to find out vs. the Seahawks.

WR Geremy Davis - The wide receiver made waves in Arizona with one of the best catches in the NFL this preseason. Showing off his size and strength, using his 6-3, 211-pound frame to pluck the ball out of the air, shove the cornerback to the ground and trot into the end zone for the 47-yard score. All in all, he ended up leading all players with 88 yards on four catches. However, perhaps even more important for Davis this week is how he performs on special teams. Lynn noted the fourth or fifth receiver on the team must stand out in the kicking game, which is something the head coach said Davis wasn’t able to do a year ago.

S Derwin James - Fans will get their first chance to watch the prized first-round pick in action as he makes his ROKiT Field at StubHub Center debut. James looks to build on his performance a week ago when he said the game didn’t feel too fast for him. More good news? Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley noted he’s been impressed by James’ high football I.Q. in the classroom.

DE Chris Landrum - After flashing at the end of the 2016 season, Landrum had to wait nearly two years to return to action after a shoulder injury sustained on the second day of training camp ended his 2017 campaign. The speedy edge rusher showed just what he’s capable of a week ago, sacking Mike Glennon for a two-yard loss. He’ll look to continue wreaking havoc on the quarterback in his quest to back up Melvin Ingram at LEO.

TE Sean Culkin - The second-year tight end made quite the impression in the preseason opener, catching every pass thrown his way. Mainly known for his blocking prowess, the 6-5, 255-pounder will look to cement his status as a reliable tight end for the Bolts in 2018.

C/G Scott Quessenberry - By now, most should know the Chargers’ fifth-round pick grew up a die-hard Chargers fan. In fact, he wears number 61 in honor of Nick Hardwick. Thus, Quessenberry will be amped up to play in front of his friends and family while wearing the lightning bolt. Even better? Philip Rivers singled him out this week as someone who has caught his eye.

DE Isaac Rochell - Last year’s seventh-round pick appears primed to play a major role for the Bolts this season. With Joey Bosa nursing a minor foot ailment, Rochell showed exactly why the Chargers are so high on him as he led the team with three tackles in limited action. L.A. is playing it safe and resting Bosa again this week, so be sure to keep your eye on the 6-4, 280-pound defensive end.

QB Philip Rivers - We all know what to expect from number 17, but it’ll still be great to watch the master at work for the first time this season. Pay particular attention to his rapport with new center Mike Pouncey. The QB-C relationship is a pivotal one, and this marks their first time working together in a real game.

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