<
>

Jimmy Wilson makes his mark in expanded role for Chargers

Jimmy Wilson had seven tackles for the Chargers on Sunday against the Bengals. Darron Cummings/AP

SAN DIEGO -- In his first career start for the San Diego Chargers, safety Jimmy Wilson played solid against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wilson finished tied for third on the team with a combined seven tackles in 65 snaps on defense. He also had a quarterback hit on an outside blitz, and did a nice job of being in the right place at the right time in recovering this fumble by Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill.

Wilson played just 17 snaps defensively in San Diego's season-opening win against the Detroit Lions.

"I think it went good," Wilson said. "I was able to settle down early in the game and start making plays. I think there were four plays in a row where I had a couple pressures on the quarterback, recovered a fumble and made a big hit on the sideline.

"I'm just trying to get comfortable and learn how to play off Eric Weddle. A guy with that much experience, you have to be able to think fast on your feet."

Through two games, Wilson is fourth on the Chargers in tackles with 12. With starting strong safety Jahleel Addae potentially returning from an ankle injury this week, it will be interesting to see how defensive coordinator John Pagano uses both of them moving forward.

Both Wilson and Addae have shown they can be productive, so figuring out how to get both of them on the field is a good problem to have for Pagano.

OFFENSE (Based on 63 offensive snaps)

Quarterback -- Philip Rivers 63

Running back -- Danny Woodhead 32, Melvin Gordon 29, Branden Oliver 2.

Wide receiver -- Keenan Allen 63, Malcom Floyd 60, Stevie Johnson 58, Dontrelle Inman 3.

Tight end -- Ladarius Green 58, David Johnson 10.

Offensive line -- King Dunlap 63, Orlando Franklin 63, Joe Barksdale 63, Chris Hairston 63, Chris Watt 63.

Offensive analysis -- Though two games, Rivers leads the league by completing 81.2 percent of his passes. Rivers is fourth in total yards (645), tied for sixth in touchdown passes (4) and seventh in passer rating (106.8). ... Rivers finished 5-of-6 for 39 passing yards on third down against the Bengals, with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was sacked twice, posting a 4.8 total QBR. The Chargers finished 4-of-11 (36 percent) as a team offensively on third down against Cincinnati. ... Gordon is No. 10 in the NFL with 139 rushing yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. … Allen leads the Chargers in targets (21), receptions (17) and receiving yards (182). Stevie Johnson leads the team in touchdowns with two. ... The Chargers are No. 3 in the NFL in total offense, averaging 418.5 yards a contest.

DEFENSE (Based on 66 defensive snaps)

Line -- Corey Liuget 56, Kendall Reyes 37, Sean Lissemore 37, Ricardo Mathews 32, Darius Philon 10, Mitch Unrein 2.

Linebacker -- Manti Te'o 66, Donald Butler 56, Melvin Ingram 54, Jeremiah Attaochu 38, Kyle Emanuel 26, Denzel Perryman 2.

Secondary -- Eric Weddle 66, Jimmy Wilson 65, Jason Verrett 64, Brandon Flowers 64, Patrick Robinson 29, Adrian Phillips 12

Defensive analysis -- Weddle and Te'o led the Chargers with 10 combined tackles each. ... The Chargers held the Bengals to 4-of-10 on third down for the game. ... Andy Dalton completed 4 of 6 passes for 41 yards, a touchdown and no interception on third down against San Diego's defense. He was not sacked, and posted an 81.2 total QBR on third down. ... With just one sack on the year, the Chargers are tied for No. 28 in the NFL. ... San Diego's defense is allowing 6.34 yards per play, No. 29 in the league.