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Mailbag: WR Usage, Run Game Efficiency and Mike Williams Update

Q:  Rick – Do you have a breakdown of how we are using our wideouts and tight ends per snap? Thank you. – Phillip Benwieke

A:  How the Bolts would use their plethora of weapons at wideout and tight end was a hot topic all offseason.  A couple people have asked for a breakdown now that the regular season is underway, so here it is through the first two games of the year:

WR Tyrell Williams – 107
WR Keenan Allen – 102
WR Travis Benjamin – 78
TE Antonio Gates – 71
TE Hunter Henry – 56
WR Dontrelle Inman – 13
TE Sean Culkin – 11
WR Geremy Davis – 6
TE Sean McGrath - 5

Q:  Coach Lynn said we averaged 6-7 yards a carry last game by the end, but we had 14 carries for 44 yards in the box score.  That is 3.1 yards a carry. What am I missing? – Kevin C.

A: Technically speaking, you are right in that the Chargers averaged 3.1 yards per carry on 14 attempts.  However, the Bolts called a number of passing plays designed to get the ball in Melvin Gordon's hands near the line of scrimmage in what Head Coach Anthony Lynn describes as "extended runs".  Lynn said the Bolts called seven plays of that nature against Miami, which is why Gordon is among the league-leaders in receptions.  Overall, the third-year running back has caught 12 passes for 90 yards, though the manner in which he is getting those touches is basically run plays in disguise.

Q:  Any updates on Mike Williams? – Peter Dakovich

A: The Bolts' first round pick participated in individual drills for the first time at the end of last week.  Lynn said he expects Williams to do a little more in that area this week, but they will continue to take a slow and steady approach.

Q:  No question.  But Jatavis Brown is a tackling machine! – Gary Beliles

A: While Lynn has stressed the defense needs to do a better job of wrapping up, one guy who has done a great job thus far has been the second-year linebacker.  In fact, his 26 tackles lead the entire NFL.  Brown is able to cover a lot of ground with his 4.4 speed, and he has been as advertised playing the weakside linebacker in Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley's system.

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