Five To Remember: Chiefs vs. Chargers

Who stood out in KC's 43-14 loss to San Diego? Nick Athan looks at five Chiefs.

1. RB Jamaal Charles He had only 14 carries but churned out 93 yards and a touchdown. Charles fumbled on his long gain not because he was careless, but because he was trying to gain more yardage. It didn't work and at times running backs just need to go down. However, you can't fault his effort. Charles also had 54 receiving yards and a 45-yard kickoff return. He's still finding his way as a starter and his future is bright.

2. KR Quentin Lawrence - He was signed Saturday night to the 53-man roster and is getting a second chance with the Chiefs. He had five kickoff returns but averaged just 18.8 yards. Was it a stepping stone to something more? The Chiefs need him on offense because Lawrence showed flashes of his talent in the preseason. He's someone to keep an eye on.

3. S Mike Brown - Todd Haley told the CBS broadcast crew that Mike Brown was his favorite player of all time. Unfortunately he couldn't cover Chargers tight end Antonio Gates anywhere on the field. He may have been AFC Defensive Player of the Week against the Raiders two weeks ago, but he can't cover elite tight ends. With a quarterback as solid as Philip Rivers and a skilled route runner like Gates, Brown is over matched. I'm not sure what his future is in Kansas City but the Chiefs must re-sign Jarrad Page and draft another young safety. They whiffed on Bernard Pollard who is playing lights out for the Houston Texans.

4. C Rudy Niswanger - This experiment might be coming to an end. It's one thing to get beat up the middle but when you poorly execute a snap from the shotgun, costing your team seven points, it should make your coaching staff wonder if you can start next season. The Chiefs need to be looking at the talent coming out in the draft at center. Niswanger is struggling.

5. WR Chris Chambers - He deserved to score a touchdown against his old team and led the Chiefs in receptions and yardage again. Chambers is making the most out of a bad lot after being cut by first-place San Diego and landing in Kansas City. He's been a man about it and has potential in Kansas City if he can stay healthy. He can be a solid receiver for the next two seasons.

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