Chargers LG Dan Feeney is Pro Football Focus' #1 rated guard in NFL week 8

As I laid out earlier, the drop-off was never going to be very steep from Matt Slauson to Dan Feeney. But just about nobody could've foreseen exactly how well Feeney would play against the Patriots in what was his first career NFL start.

When it was announced that Slauson would miss the season with a biceps injury, many Chargers fans were worried about the prospect of a third round rookie stepping in to start for an already shaky offensive line.

Instead of flopping like some feared, Feeney instead turned in an excellent performance in which he allowed zero pressures on 35 dropbacks for Philip Rivers. He even earned strong praise from coach Anthony Lynn in his next-day press conference.

The Indiana product's debut was so impressive that Pro Football Focus ranked him as the top rated guard across the entire slate of games in week eight. Granted, he was going up against a New England defensive front that often struggles to generate pressure, but the performance was still undeniably strong.  PFF graded him an 88.4 overall, saying "It was an impressive first start for Feeney, who didn't allow a pressure on 35 attempts while showing well as a run blocker. He generally controlled his man at the line of scrimmage while doing his best work at the second level, where he cut down linebackers with a number of key blocks."

The initial results are encouraging, and if he keeps it up, Feeney has the chance to blossom into the full-time starting left guard in 2018 and beyond.


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