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Chargers Daily Links: Derwin James is the NFL’s top rookie defender

Top 10 Chargers plays of the 2018 regular season – Tyler Schoon
The Chargers are officially 12-4 at the end of the 2018 season, making them one of the best fifth- seed Wild Card teams in recent years. In a year that saw miraculous comebacks, clutch performances, and sensational scores, the Chargers have a long list of highlight plays, many of which will be highlighted here.

NFL playoffs confidential: Players and coaches talk strategy, tell all – ESPN
“The best way is pressure him in the middle of the field. Rivers doesn’t like to exit the pocket toward the sideline to make a play. He’s far more comfortable backing up to buy time or to avoid pressure or to climb the pocket and make the throw.”

Chargers rookie Derwin James: ‘I bring my own energy’ – Eric Williams
“He brings a lot of energy,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. “Not just on the football field, it’s also just walking down the hallways [at the facility]. I love that guy. He loves football. He’s very passionate about what he does.”

Final rookie rankings: A new name at the top – Jeff Legwold
This was practically a tie as James, too, was a key piece in a playoff puzzle. The Chargers embraced his versatility, especially when defensive end Joey Bosa missed time with a foot injury in the first half of the season and James was used as a pass-rusher.

Chargers’ personnel will be key against the Ravens – Brian Garcia
Now, this personnel switch may not be a popular opinion, because if Jenkins is on the field he needs to be in the box which may put our best defender in a tough position. Derwin James has been lights out for the Chargers all season long, and he has lined up everywhere on the field, but for the biggest game of the year so far, which is probably going to be a battle in the trenches we will need Derwin as a free safety.

Week 17 NFL Team of the Week – Gordon McGuinness
Phillips was targeted seven times in coverage in the win over the Broncos, allowing just two receptions for 16 yards. That resulted in an NFL passer rating allowed of 39.6 in coverage and helped Phillips to his highest graded performance of the season.

Chargers S Derwin James named PFF’s Defensive Rookie of the Year – Cam Mellor
He was a threat in coverage just as much as he was a threat when he rushed the passer, recording near-elite grades in both categories this season. James’ 89.7 coverage grade finished third among his peers while his 86.0 pass-rush grade was the second-best among safeties who rushed the passer at least 30 times in 2018.

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