The San Diego Chargers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 12-9 Thursday evening at Qualcomm Stadium in the team’s final preseason game, finishing the exhibition season at 2-2. The two teams will meet again in 10 days in the regular-season opener at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sept. 8.
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy sat the starters on both sides of the ball, giving players fighting for roster spots plenty of opportunities to make their case for earning a roster spot. Here are some players who flashed on Thursday.
Outside linebacker Cordarro Law showed his 14 sacks in the CFL last season were not a fluke. He finished with a sack, forced fumble, a batted down pass and three total tackles against the Cardinals. Law leads the Chargers in tackles during the preseason, and also could be a productive special teams player. With San Diego in need of pass-rushers, Law is making his case for being on San Diego’s the 53-man roster.
Sixth-round draft choice Marion Grice once again showed a deft ability to find the right hole in San Diego’s running game, and appears to have nudged ahead of Branden Oliver in the battle for the fourth running back spot, should San Diego keep four running backs. Grice finished with 79 yards rushing. Oliver also had a solid evening, finishing with 71 yards rushing.
Undrafted rookie free agent defensive end Chas Alecxih notched a sack and finished with a combined four tackles (two for a loss). His performance comes at the right time, as the Chargers are thin at defensive line and looking to bolster depth at the position.
University of Washington product Greg Ducre made two tackles on special teams and six tackles overall on the perimeter defensively. The undrafted rookie free agent also showed speed as a gunner on the punt unit. He should stick around on the practice squad.
Seventh-round pick receiver Tevin Reese had at least three drops and a fumble. However, Reese could still be a practice squad candidate, with an ability to give San Diego’s defense a good look because of his speed.
Ex-CFL standout Dontrelle Inman solidified a spot on the final roster with another good performance, finishing with three receptions for 54 yards, including a long of 21 yards.
Nick Novak finished 4-of-4 on field goals, including a career-long 55 yarder.