Who’s up, who’s down after 19-16 loss to Los Angeles Chargers


Report on Broncos actions after their 19-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday:


ILB Alex Singleton

When Josey Jewell is healthy, he’s basically an all-around player for Denver. When he’s not – and he’s missed time this year now with a strained calf and sprained knee – Singleton has been… an all-around player. He had his best performance of the season on Monday night in Los Angeles, just down from his hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif., with 21 tackles (19 solo) and a pair of TFLs. He made all 93 defensive snaps and made plays all over the field. Singleton didn’t play any defensive shots the full two games. Jewell was healthy and still leads the team with 47 total tackles. Of that number, 31 have come since Jewell was injured in the second half against Indianapolis.

OLB Baron Browning

The outside linebacker has seen more opportunities to rush since Randy Gregory entered short-term injured reserve with a knee injury and Browning has only capitalized. Against the Chargers, he posted another sack, two tackles for loss and also intercepted a pass from quarterback Justin Herbert early in the fourth quarter. Browning is explosive on the edge and looks every bit as promising as general manager George Paton and the coaching staff could have hoped when they decided this offseason to try him on the edge rather than in midfield.

TE Greg Dulcich

Not only did the rookie tight end make his debut and catch a touchdown, but he immediately became the most-used player in the room. Dulcich played 41 snaps against the Chargers, while Andrew Beck and Eric Tomlinson played 16 each, Eric Saubert played just one and Albert Okwuegbunam was inactive. The former UCLA standout is a natural weapon in the passing game, but like many young tight ends, he still has a long way to go in the blocking game. It certainly looks like he will have plenty of opportunities to learn.

Out of stock

TE Albert Okwuegbunam

At just 24, Okwuegbunam looked like a potential contender for Denver this year as a vertical pass-catching threat now playing under Russell Wilson. Instead, he was phased out of the offense. Okwuegbunam saw his playing time shrink to just one slam against the Raiders before playing a dozen games against Indianapolis. Monday night in Los Angeles, however, he didn’t even get dressed as he found himself in good health among Denver’s inactives. Rookie Greg Dulcich stepped into his role, essentially, and immediately played the most shots of the bunch. What future for Albert O? A rebound in the second half of the season? Could it be a commercial chip before the November 1 deadline?

Melvin Gordon

The running back started and carried the ball on Denver’s first two plays of the night. However, he did not win the ball back – or enter the game – after the start of the second quarter and only played nine snaps. After the match, Hackett said Gordon was uninjured “as far as I know”, indicating that Latavius ​​Murray, 32, had supplanted him as point guard after two weeks in the organization. Gordon expressed his confusion and frustration to NFL Network after the game. It’s been a tough season so far for the veteran.

L.O. depth

Bringing Quinn Meinerz back to right guard is a boost for the Broncos, but they struggled to contain Los Angeles’ pass as the game wore on and have some decisions to make at the tackle. coming. Calvin Anderson started at left tackle and played 19 snaps, while Cam Fleming started his sixth straight game at right tackle. In the second quarter, however, Fleming moved to the left side and Billy Turner made his season debut at right tackle. The Chargers continued to harass Wilson no matter who was in the game. Losing a staple like Garret Bolles is going to have an impact regardless of depth, but Denver’s exact depth at tackle looks like a question going forward.

CB Damarri Mathis

Yeah, the rookie had a rough night on his first start. Mathis, getting the go-ahead in place of Ronald Darby (torn ACL), played every snap despite being limited during practice week with a knee issue. He was flagged four times for pass interference and picked on the first shot by Justin Herbert. Some positive points: Mathis did not back down. He kept playing and came with a big fourth break and also a knockdown on a Hail Mary at the end of regulation. Then after the game, he answered questions in his locker about the tough exit. He will be fine. There’s more of that to come, however, for him. It’s life to play against a true corner stopper like Pat Surtain II, who Herbert tested once early and barely looked at again in 57 pass attempts.


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