The Chargers’ defensive line, also known as The San Diego Zoo, came into the 2012-13 season as a very deep unit. Corey Liuget, Antonio Garay, Kendall Reyes, Cam Thomas, and Damik Scafe all added something to the defensive front. “The Zoo” is pretty young as well. Liuget, a two year man out of Illinois starts at right end. As a bookend, Kendall Reyes, in his rookie season, started at the other end spot.
While these guys have shown great talent, fans in Charger Nation believe these young players still have some untapped potential to release. That is definitely true. Together, Liuget and Reyes combined for 79 tackles and 12.5 sacks this past season. Credit 28 of those tackles and 5.5 of those sacks to the rookie campaign of Kendall Reyes.
Reyes did struggle throughout the season as any rookie would, going 7 games without a solo tackle and only two games where he recorded a sack. But these flashes are why the Charger faithful are not worried. Exploding for 3.5 sacks against the Jets toward the end of the season showed promise in the 1st year starter.
Another reason not to worry is the fact that his rookie campaign was more productive than the rookie year of Liuget’s. With more expected out of Liuget, as a 1st round pick, he only managed to get 19 tackles and 1 sack during his first season in the league. A year later, he amassed 51 tackles and 7 sacks along with a forced fumble.
All of this goes to say, expect even more from our young defensive ends as they only get better and better as each day goes by.
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