Several Unheralded Chargers Earn Praise for Performance vs. Raiders

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The usual fingerprints were all over the Chargers’ convincing 26-10 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Philip Rivers, Melvin Ingram, Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Denzel Perryman were once again the names that filled up the stat sheet, making huge plays to propel the Bolts to victory.

However, they were far from the only ones as several unheralded Chargers were among those Head Coach Anthony Lynn made sure to give credit to on Monday.

On defense, the head coach was quick to sing the praises of Michael Davis, the second-year cornerback who has taken his game to a new level in 2018. As such, the team increased his playing time vs. the Raiders with Davis seeing a season-high 14 snaps at cornerback, which marked 27 percent of the defensive plays.

“We had a plan to put Michael in the game,” he explained. “Michael's been playing well and has been making plays on special teams. Michael's become bigger and more physical — he deserved some playing time…I thought he held his own. He did fine. He's a long (cornerback at) 6-3, and can run. Like I said, he's playing more physical and has been in this system for two years. I think Michael's going to be a good player for a long time.”

In addition, Isaac Rochell made his presence felt in the trenches, logging his first sack of the year one week after recording the game-winning interception against the 49ers.

“Isaac came in and did an outstanding job,” Lynn said. “He probably had his best game as far as pass rush against the run, yesterday…. He plays that big end position, so he's going to be more on an inside technique. That's what he plays as a stronger big end. Sometimes, he's in a five (technique) and sometimes he's in an inside technique, but it's the same position.”

On offense, Lynn made sure to laud two young tackles who were thrust into action in Sam Tevi and Trent Scott. Tevi has started the last couple weeks at right tackle, but switched over to left as Scott, an undrafted free agent who has impressed since being promoted off the practice squad early in the year, made his first career start.

Both were needed as the team was without Joe Barksdale and Russell Okung, and Lynn was pleased with the way they performed. Their play was not only important in contributing to the win, but also their development moving forward.

“They played well, overall,” he said. “With Sam Tevi playing over on the right side and moving to the left, just showed his versatility when things go down. He can go as a swing-tackle for us. I thought Trent Scott did a heck of a job yesterday. It wasn't perfect, but I thought he played well.”

At the same time, it’s worth noting that Lynn said Okung and Barksdale have a chance to return to the lineup next week. Okung missed Sunday’s win over the Raiders with a groin injury while Barksdale’s been out since Week 1 with a knee injury suffered a few plays into the season opener.

“Both of those guys will get on the field this week (in practice),” Lynn said. “They'll be limited, but will probably be game-time decisions.”

Finally, 30-year-old Virgil Green turned heads as well on Sunday, making the most of his 46 snaps both as a receiver and a blocker. Green was on the field for 72 percent of the offensive snaps, and while he’s mostly known for his blocking prowess, rewarded the Bolts’ faith in him on a beautifully drawn up play in the red zone. Faking a pass to his right, Rivers allowed enough time for blockers to get ahead of Green before tossing him a screen pass to the left. The veteran tight end took care of the rest, darting into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter to put the final nail in Oakland’s coffin.

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