3 Chiefs Who Need More Playing Time in Week 7 vs. Chargers

These players are the key to a dominant Chiefs victory

Drue Tranquill's versatility and coverage skills make him the perfect foil to the Chargers' aerial attack
Drue Tranquill's versatility and coverage skills make him the perfect foil to the Chargers' aerial attack / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Drue Tranquill, LB

Tranquill only played 37% of snaps on Thursday Night Football after getting 100% the previous two weeks. He was reportedly nursing an injury, so I'd guess the extended rest will help him get back up to his usual numbers.

Kansas City's defense will need him, as his skillset serves as a perfect foil to Los Angeles' passing attack. Quick, underneath passes to Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler have more or less defined the Chargers' passing attack in Justin Herbert's career and Tranquill is easily the Chiefs' best coverage linebacker.

He's facing his old team too, so there's added motivation and familiarity as well. Tranquill, Nick Bolton and Willie Gay Jr. have formed one of the NFL's most dominant units. Their skillsets mesh and compliment each other, allowing each to utilize their strengths while covering weakness.

This interception of Russell Wilson perfectly displays how Tranquill and Bolton play off each other to make massive plays:

With Tranquill, the Chiefs defense have an answer to everything the Chargers can throw at them offensively. L'Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie can handle the always-dangerous Keenan Allen, while the linebacking room can stop Ekeler as the pass rush gets home on Herbert.

Whether Tranquill is healthy enough to get more snaps in Week 7 or not, it's obvious his acquisition was one of Brett Veach's best offseason moves.

This defense is a legitimate force and Tranquill's versatility is a big reason why.

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