Why Chiefs should gameplan for Chargers’ security Derwin James Jr.

He completed Sunday with six tackles, half as many as one other security who performed within the sport, Las Vegas’ Johnathan Abram.

The impact Derwin James Jr. had for the Chargers of their 24-19 victory went nicely past easy numbers.

“You may not see the impact that he has on a stat sheet,” coach Brandon Staley mentioned. “But what you do when you watch the game, you’ll see the impact that he makes. Then, if you’re watching the game live, you feel the impact that he makes too.”

James sacked Derek Carr on the Raiders’ second offensive play. He helped take away broad receiver Davante Adams on the Raiders’ closing offensive play. In between, James did nearly all the pieces else.

He performed all 58 of the Chargers’ defensive snaps and lined up at 5 totally different positions, in response to Professional Soccer Focus.

James was deployed at free security (20 snaps), within the slot (19), within the field (14), alongside the defensive position (three) and at outdoors nook (two), PFF reported.

“The amount of energy that is required for him in a game plan like that you can’t minimize,” Staley mentioned. “Physical energy. Mental energy. It’s one thing to have the versatility to play all those different places, but can your mind allow you to do that? Can you play all those places and do those jobs well?

“That’s why he’s that rare combination and rare leader. He played fantastic. He played a beautiful game for us.”

James’ capability to maneuver all through the protection permits the Chargers to additional maximize their personnel and in addition search benefits from one play to the following. Staley referred to as James “one of the rare matchup guys in the league.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Chargers security Derwin James Jr.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Instances)

On Las Vegas’ second play, James slipped round left sort out Kolton Miller, who was additionally battling Khalil Mack on the time, after which went over working again Josh Jacobs earlier than climbing onto Carr.

“With guys like Derwin, plays like that don’t surprise you,” Staley mentioned. “But you don’t take them for granted. He’s a playmaker. A lot of DBs can’t blitz. They can’t rush.

“Even though some schemes are good when DBs blitz, if they can’t blitz, it doesn’t matter. He’s one of the guys that can truly rush and truly be a matchup guy in pass rush.”

Staley defined that the Chargers attempt to exploit James’ capability by putting him in assault mode every time attainable.

On the protection’s closing, decisive cease Sunday, James lined in entrance of Adams and adopted him when he motioned. The Chargers additionally had security Nasir Adderley positioned to assist on Adams, who had 10 receptions for 141 yards within the sport.

Carr seemed within the route of his favourite goal however noticed nothing accessible simply earlier than Mack sacked him to finish the Raiders’ last-gasp probability.

Staley mentioned Monday the Chargers have been “going to make sure that the guy who was covering Davante was one of our premium guys.”

“Sometimes, that’s what you gotta do,” Staley mentioned. “You gotta mix coverage. You gotta throw different body types at players like that. You’re always trying to make it tough on them and change the look up.”

James and the Chargers face a higher problem Thursday after they play at Kansas Metropolis, which now not has broad receiver Tyreek Hill however nonetheless employs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight finish Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs scored a league-high 44 factors Sunday in a street rout over Arizona. Mahomes threw for 360 yards and 5 touchdowns and Kelce caught eight passes for 121 yards and a rating.

Keenan Allen watch

The Chargers probably will probably be with out receiver Keenan Allen towards Kansas Metropolis due to the hamstring damage he suffered late within the first half Sunday.

Staley had no replace on Allen however, notably in a brief week, the possibilities of the veteran coming again so shortly appear distant at greatest.

Staley put cornerback J.C. Jackson’s availability for Thursday at “50/50.” Jackson missed the opener after present process a surgical process on his proper ankle on Aug. 23.

If Allen can’t play, Joshua Palmer and DeAndre Carter develop into the crew’s high two choices to line up within the slot. Mike Williams can also play there, as can working again Austin Ekeler and tight finish Gerald Everett.

“Everyone’s just got to do a little bit more,” Staley mentioned. “But we feel like we’ve got a diverse enough cast where we can kind of share the load.”

And many others.

The Chargers signed veteran defensive sort out Christian Covington off their follow squad and waived Breiden Fehoko. Staley mentioned the crew hopes to re-sign Fehoko to the follow squad if he goes unclaimed. … Professional Bowl left sort out Rashawn Slater was listed on the damage report Monday with a again subject, although the Chargers estimated that Slater would have been capable of follow absolutely. With the quick turnaround, the crew didn’t follow Monday.