San Diego Chargers: Kendall Reyes Looks to Build on His 2012 season

By Kenny Gardner
Kendall Reyes San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers chose former defensive tackle Kendall Reyes in round two of the 2012 NFL Draft. Reyes made the switch from DT to defensive end and ranked third on San Diego with 5.5 sacks.

According to Michael Gehlken of, Reyes hopes to build on his rookie success. Reyes said, “It’s on me to be consistent and continue to push myself to do it all the time.” Gehlken said that, “Reyes’ goal is to become more consistent than last year, someone his teammates can turn to and trust.”

San Diego’s 32 sacks were tied with the Cleveland Browns for 23rd during the 2011 season, but Reyes was a part of a pass rush that was tied for 11th in this category last season with 38 sacks.

Reyes made four starts in 16 games last season and had an impressive outing against the New York Jets in which he had 3.5 sacks. While New York’s 47 sacks-allowed ranked sixth, the Denver Broncos allowed the second fewest sacks with 21 and Reyes had two against them.

I believe the consistency that Reyes is looking for will come with more playing time which he should see this season based on his production in 2012.

Shaun Phillips led San Diego with 9.5 sacks last season, but he signed with Denver so Reyes will be looked at as the guy to take pressure away from DE Corey Liuget who ranked second with seven sacks.

Reyes’ experience at DT in college makes him versatile because he could also be a factor in stopping the run, which was a strength for San Diego in 2012 as they ranked third in fewest yards per rushing attempt allowed.

If Reyes improves his play, it will be huge for San Diego’s pass rush and could take pressure away from a mostly new secondary in passing situations if they are beat in coverage.

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