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Kyzir White Impressive in Chargers’ Season Opener

Written by Caleb Wygal

Kyzir White’s rookie season was shortened due to injury. After recovering and going through an offseason under the mentorship of one of the league’s top linebackers, White began the year with strong play in a 30-24 OT win.

Kyzir White got the call to start the opener against the Indianapolis Colts at middle linebacker after a preseason that showed him all over the field making plays in limited action.

On Sunday, he lined up on 86% of the Chargers’ defensive plays, racking up 9 tackles (1 TFL). Eight were solo tackles. He made a great read on a wide receiver screen to make a tackle for no gain.

The Bolts signed longtime Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis after the Carolina Panthers allowed him to reach free-agency. Davis is known for his motor and ability to get to the ball carrier. No doubt his influence has rubbed off on White.

Matthew Stanley from Bolts on the Blue listed White as an aspect of the gameplan which the Chargers must sustain going forward.

Second, Kyzir White starting. White processes things quickly then executes. He’s fast and can tackle well. He’s only going to get better the more snaps he gets, and he has the football IQ and athleticism to be a 3 down Linebacker, so I don’t see any reason why he should start losing snaps to Denzel Perryman. With the defensive tackles still trying to get the run stuffing thing down, the team needs Kyzir’s speed on the field.

Matthew Stanley, Bolts From the Blue

White brings size and speed to a linebacking unit that doesn’t exist elsewhere on the roster. The Chargers should be in the thick of it in the AFC Playoffs chase, and White will be in the middle of it (literally).

About the author

Caleb Wygal

Creator of WVUPros and author.