Trenchtown Sports: The Trenchtown Performances of the Week

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The Trenchtown player(s) of the week gives love to the men laying it on the line in the trenches. This is a time to recognize the grinders, the gritty, nasty, tough guys that play with their hands in the dirt. We all see the QBs, WRs, and RBs on the highlight tape getting all the recognition. But step foot into a football film room to break down game film and you watch the blocking, the angles, the constant fighting, and the big bodies clogging up running lanes.

Offense: Rashawn Slater and the Re-Made O-Line

The Chargers just faced arguably the best defensive line they’ll face all year long and they rose to the occasion. Anyone that knows me will say this is pure bias, there may be some truth to that but Rashawn Slater played very well against one of the top 5 defensive lines in the league. Chase young was held without wrecking much havoc on Justin Herbert. According to PFF Position grades, the Chargers Offensive Line allowed the lowest QB pressure rate in Week 1. The men in the trenches got it done and for that Herbert got to stand tall in the pocket on the final drive of the game and put the ball wherever he wanted. Mainly to Keenan Allen the league’s number 1 pass catcher in converting 3rd downs to 1st downs.

Defense: Chandler Jones Came to Party With 5 Sacks

Chandler Jones made an absolute statement against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are a year removed from playing in the AFC Championship game and Jones made life a nightmare for the Titans. The Cardinals defense front 7 are going to be straight up scary this year if everyone can stay healthy. In addition to the 5 sacks from Jones, he also had two forced fumbles. JJ Watt may not be the same player when he won 3 Defensive Player of the Year awards but his physical presence can elevate the other 10 men on the field on defense.