Crawford, Williams exemplify highs & lows of Bolts preseason finale

Ahhh the preseason is finally over! The Chargers 14-12 loss to the 49ers wasn’t pretty, by any stretch of the imagination. But, with roster cuts looming, there were a few things that stood out, good and bad.

  • Perhaps the night’s most confounding storyline is that of cornerback Richard Crawford’s performance. On the 49ers first drive, Bruce Ellington burned Crawford on a short slant route across the middle for a 70-yard touchdown reception. Crawford, a local product from Oceanside who joined the Chargers midseason last year from the Redskins, is fighting for a roster spot but has had a disappointing preseason thus far. However, after allowing Ellington’s big reception, Crawford played much better. In the second quarter, Crawford sacked quarterback Dylan Thompson on 4th down for an eight-yard loss, and later jumped a pass by Thompson to DeAndrew White, intercepting the ball and returning it 29 yards for a touchdown. Crawford did allow a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard reception to Busta Anderson, but, it was on a nice back-shoulder pass from Thompson. Was Crawford’s performance enough to earn him a roster spot? I don’t think so, but we’ll see.
  • Wide receiver Tyrell Williams impressed Chargers brass in training camp. Against the 49ers, he finished with four receptions for 81 yards, including an impressive 63-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He did have a key drop earlier in the game but recovered by showing great speed and movement on his touchdown reception. Williams has shown flashes of what he can bring to this team, but it may not be enough with a deep wide receiving corps. However, if he does not make the active roster, it will be risky to delegate him to the practice squad where other teams will have the opportunity to sign him.
  • It seems the battle for the starting strong safety position has been solidified. Jimmy Wilson was getting the majority of first team reps in the Chargers base defense over the past few weeks, but that was not the case against San Francisco. Jahleel Addae did not play against the 49ers while Wilson saw action in the first half. Either way, both will be major contributors on defense this year.

–Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)

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