ESPN’s Mike Clay projects Chargers’ 2021 defensive stats

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Mike Clay is an NFL and fantasy football analyst at ESPN and spends a lot of time going through algorithms and formulas to project player and team stats prior to the regular season.

Recently, Clay revealed his defensive projections for the upcoming season.

Let’s take a look at how he believes the Chargers players will fare in 2021 under head coach Brandon Staley’s defense.

Defensive line

Players

Snaps

Tackles

Sacks

Justin Jones

724

48

3.1

Linval Joseph

713

60

3.1

Jerry Tillery

702

35

4.5

Christian Covington

346

23

1.3

Cortez Broughton

130

9

0.6

Edge defenders

Player

Snaps

Tackles

Sacks

Joey Bosa

897

66

10.7

Uchenna Nwosu

454

34

4.2

Kyler Fackrell

378

23

2.7

Chris Rumph II

248

15

1.6

Emeke Egbule

54

3

0.5

Linebackers

Player

Snaps

Tackles

Sacks

Interceptions

Kenneth Murray

1,026

123

0.8

0.7

Kyzir White

486

66

0.4

0.5

Drue Tranquill

173

25

0.2

0.1

Nick Niemann

151

20

0.2

0.1

Cornerbacks

Player

Snaps

Tackles

Sacks

Interceptions

Chris Harris Jr.

994

66

1.2

1.0

Michael Davis

951

66

0.2

2.5

Asante Samuel Jr.

702

53

0.3

1.5

Tevaughn Campbell

270

19

0.2

0.5

Brandon Facyson

65

6

0.0

0.1

Ryan Smith

43

3

0.0

0.1

Safeties

Player

Snaps

Tackles

Sacks

Interceptions

Derwin James

972

104

1.5

2.7

Nasir Adderley

972

81

0.2

1.0

Alohi Gilman

270

24

0.3

0.5

Mark Webb

162

14

0.1

0.3