Here are my observations from the snap counts on the offensive and defensive side of the ball in the Chargers’ 23-9 victory over the Broncos.

  • Only five players played all of the Chargers’ snaps. They were Michael Davis, Derwin James, Casey Hayward, Sam Tevi and Dan Feeney. To see Davis and Hayward play every snap is not a surprise. They lack depth at the position, but they still played well despite having a big load.
  • Forrest Lamp finally saw the field at the end of the game. Him, Scott Quessenberry and Trent Scott replaced three members on the offensive line when they were up with a reasonable lead. It’s still up in the air when Lamp will get a starting job, but he looks healthy and 2019 could be the year we see him on the field more.
  • Virgil Green manned the majority of the snaps, and clearly had more than Antonio Gates. Sean Culkin actually received more snaps than Gates, and Culkin was just returning from an injury. If Henry plays this weekend, I expect them to be cautious and give the main workload to Green.
  • Hayes Pullard replaced the injured Jatavis Brown. Pullard led all linebackers in snaps, and he should receive more on Sunday depending on how the game goes. He will have the responsibility to man the middle of the defense for as long as they remain in the playoffs.
  • Uchenna Nwosu saw an uptick in snaps by finally surpassing the 30 mark. Kyle Emanuel continues to only receive 10-15 on a weekly basis. Emanuel is unlikely to be back on the team next season. All signs are pointing to Nwosu being the starting SAM, like many expected.