JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Chargers coach Anthony Lynn repeatedly said this week he wasn’t going to play young players over veterans simply because they’re out of the playoff picture.

That became clear when the Chargers had two of their top three picks from this year’s draft on the inactive list. First-round pick Jerry Tillery and third-round selection Trey Pipkins were healthy scratches Sunday in the Chargers’ 45-10 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.

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Tillery’s name on the inactive list was the biggest surprise, but not the only surprise of the weekend. Linebacker Denzel Perryman and rookie safety Roderic Teamer were ruled out the day before the game because they were sent home from Jacksonville. Lynn declined to say if it was for disciplinary issues, and called it a coach’s decision.

“It was just my decision not to play those guys,” Lynn said after being asked why he sent Perryman and Teamer home.

Tillery, the defensive tackle taken 28th overall in the draft, has struggled in his rookie season, but Lynn said it wasn’t because he was unhappy with his play. Lynn said it was for matchup purposes and preferred to have veteran Sylvester Williams in the game to help stop the Jaguars’ rushing attack.

“I wanted to see Sylvester,” Lynn said. “Sometimes it’s a matchup deal and they were going to run the football. Leonard (Fournette) is having a breakout year. So I needed a bigger body in the middle of our defense, and that’s why Sylvester was up. But Jerry has done nothing wrong. He’s working his tail off, I like his development. It was just a matchup deal.”

With the postseason no longer an option, the decision to sit Tillery raised many eyebrows on social media. But the Chargers have given Tillery plenty of snaps, including three starts this season. Tillery has 1.5 sacks, 12 combined tackles and two quarterback hits.

The Chargers didn’t have anyone sit because of injury and needed to make tough decisions for their 46-man game day roster.

The Chargers have been pleased with Pipkins, but it’s harder to rotate offensive linemen. Offensive tackles Russell Okung and Sam Tevi are healthy again after missing games this past month because of injuries.

Tillery will likely see snaps in the final three games of the season, but Perryman’s status is uncertain after his mystery dismissal from Sunday’s game.

Perryman has been the Chargers’ starting middle linebacker the past few seasons, but has seen his snaps dwindled this season. Rookie Drue Tranquill has taken over as the starting middle linebacker.

WILLIAMS FINDS END ZONE

Mike Williams finally recorded his first touchdown of the season Sunday, but it might cost him money after teammate Keenan Allen convinced him to do a goal-post dunk.

He’ll likely receive a fine because that touchdown celebration is banned in the NFL. Williams was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, but it didn’t hurt the team in the blowout victory.

“Him and Phil (Rivers) said they’ll split it,” Williams said with a smile.

Williams caught a 44-yard touchdown pass with a defender draped over his back with 1:51 left in the third quarter. He waited 13 games to do that. Williams had 11 total touchdowns last season.

“I waited long enough,” Williams said. “A catch like that, the wait was worth it. … Listening to Keenan. I didn’t know I couldn’t do that either until I turned around I seen a million flags going in the air. Now I know.”

Allen also had a celebration moment after he recorded his 500th career reception Sunday. He finished with five catches for 83 yards and Williams had two catches for 63 yards.

“(Keenan) was saying that I dunked on the DB (defensive back), so he was like, ‘Go dunk the goal post,’” Williams said.

FULLBACK TD

Chargers fullback Derek Watt helped his Pro Bowl campaign by scoring his first career touchdown in the second quarter against the Jaguars.

Watt is having a standout season on special teams and is hoping to make the Pro Bowl. He improved his chances after the 1-yard rushing touchdown.

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, left, scores a touchdown past Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Andrew Wingard (42) on a 30-yard pass play during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, left, greets Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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  • Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung (76) shakes hands with a child on the field after the coin toss before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, left, talks with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, right, on the field after an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars, left, line up for a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end Virgil Green (88) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn shouts encouragement to his players during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Chargers running back Austin Ekeler runs for yardage past Jacksonville Jaguars safety Marcus Gilchrist, left, during the first half of an NFL game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is stopped by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Donald Payne, back right, and linebacker Quincy Williams (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers directs his team before a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, left, scores a touchdown past Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Andrew Wingard (42) on a 30-yard pass play during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Jarrod Wilson, left, breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers receiver Jalen Guyton during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (25) crosses the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, right, reaches but can’t make a reception in front of Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Quincy Williams (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Jarrod Wilson, right, breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers receiver Jayton Guton, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) celebrates after he and teammates sacked Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Jarrod Wilson (26) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers receiver Jayton Guton, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers smiles after completing a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks for a receiver against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen moves in motion during a play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon celebrates after his 1-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler looks for room to get around Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Abry Jones (95) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew (15) throws a pass over Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) is brought down after a short run by Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33)strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins (23) and linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs for yardage as he tries to get around Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Brandon Facyson (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs as he is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill, right, during the first half of an NFL game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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