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Chargers: Making sense of Jerry Tillery’s rookie season

While some fans are rushing to label defensive tackle Jerry Tillery a bust after just one season, let’s take a step back and actually look at the facts by comparing Tillery to his peers as rookies.

He was drafted for one simple goal, add more consistent interior pressure to a defense with two star outside pass rushers. What actually happened is he played more on the initial downs and split obvious passing down plays with Justin Jones, Isaac Rochell and Uchenna Nwosu.

For the most part, there was no way Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were coming off the field in those situations, and the Chargers often put the two on the same side as a way to avoid double teams.