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Chris Hairston, Kenny Wiggins solidifying Chargers' offensive line

SAN DIEGO -- Chris Hairston was considered a swing tackle that could start a game in a pinch and give the San Diego Chargers serviceable snaps for an injured starter.

Kenny Wiggins didn’t even make San Diego’s 53-man roster at the end of training camp. But both Hairston and Wiggins have earned starting roles and helped keep Philip Rivers upright this season.

“It’s just gotten to the point right now where I look at Chris and Kenny as starters,” Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. “I think they’re legit starters, and we’re very fortunate to have them.

“Those guys have done themselves right. They’ve worked very hard and played the kind of football that warrants looking at them like that, and having the kind of confidence in them that we do.”

Hairston has five starts at left tackle, one at left guard and one at right guard this season. Wiggins was re-signed by the Chargers in Week 2, making four starts at left guard for an injured Orlando Franklin and one start last week at right guard for D.J. Fluker, who’s still suffering from concussion symptoms.

Hairston has played 513 snaps this season, while Wiggins checks in at 491. Only right tackle Joe Barksdale (734), center Trevor Robinson (618) and Fluker (597) have played more.

“Getting more reps in practice helps your confidence more,” Wiggins said. “So it’s just going out there and seeing the look. You can watch film as much as you want, but when you’re on the field getting the reps, it’s definitely a big help.”

Here’s a closer look at the snap counts for the Chargers in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12:

OFFENSE (Based on 76 snaps)

Quarterback -- Philip Rivers 76.

Running backDanny Woodhead 34, Melvin Gordon 33, Donald Brown 9.

Wide receiverDontrelle Inman 76, Stevie Johnson 70, Malcom Floyd 59.

Tight endLadarius Green 47, Antonio Gates 33, David Johnson 13, John Phillips 6.

Offensive line – Orlando Franklin 76, Trevor Robinson 76, Joe Barksdale 76, Chris Hairston 76, Kenny Wiggins 76.

Offensive analysis – It was Rivers’ first career game with 300 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. ... Antonio Gates had his 21st career game with two touchdown receptions, the most among tight ends in NFL history. ... According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rivers was 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) for 185 yards and two touchdowns on throws outside the painted numbers Sunday, his highest completion percentage on such throws since Week 5 of last season (76.5 percent vs. Jets).

DEFENSE (Based on 71 snaps)

LineKendall Reyes 44, Corey Liuget 40, Ricardo Mathews 35, Sean Lissemore 18, Ryan Carrethers 13.

LinebackerMelvin Ingram 69, Manti Te’o 63, Jeremiah Attaochu 53, Denzel Perryman 43, Kyle Emanuel 24, Donald Butler 10.

SecondaryEric Weddle 71, Jahleel Addae 71, Brandon Flowers 70, Jason Verrett 68, Patrick Robinson 56, Jimmy Wilson 24, Steve Williams 7, Darrell Stuckey 2.

Defensive analysis – San Diego’s defense held Jacksonville to 5-of-15 (33 percent) on third down. The Jaguars also finished 1-for-4 (25 percent) in the red zone. ... All six of Josh Lambo’s kickoffs were touchbacks. ... Blake Bortles finished 7-of-12 for 74 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions against the Chargers on third down. He was not sacked, posting a 76.4 passer rating on third down. ... Ingram and Attaochu are tied for the most quarterback hits with 18 each.