Chargers’ Melvin Ingram scores a defensive touchdown in front of the Rams’ Andrew Whitworth after picking up a Jared Goff fumble during the first half of their NFL exhibition game at the Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

Despite the Chargers not winning a single regular-season game since they moved to Los Angeles, Melvin Ingram was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month, the team announced Thursday.

Ingram led the conference with 5.5 sacks this month, second in the NFL only to DeMarcus Lawrence of the Cowboys at 6.5. The defensive end has posted a sack in every game this season and posted a career-high three sacks against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday.

With just three games played this season, Ingram is already more than halfway to his career-high of 10.5 sacks.

“He deserved it. He’s worked his tail off,” Charger coach Anthony Lynn said at Thursday’s news conference. “I just wish we could have done it in some victories, but he deserved it.”

Ingram, however, was in the dark about the honor, only finding out that he’d won after arriving at practice Thursday.

“I didn’t hear it until I got here,” Ingram said. “But it was amazing. It’s a great honor to get in this league.”

The six-year veteran also credited his teammates for the honor, saying he could not have done it alone.

Ingram’s 5.5 sacks are the most in the first three games of the Chargers’ history. Before joining the Bolts in the offseason, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley had not worked with Ingram but found Ingram’s work ethics fit perfectly with his offense.

“He’s obviously a very good athlete, but I think one of his strongest strengths is that he’s very explosive,” Bradley said. “He’s one of the most explosive guys on our team, and that’s what shows up. Just his knowledge of the game. He really is a student. He understands schemes. He sees it and understands it.”

The Chargers are 0-3 for the first time since 2003 and hope to change that losing streak when the Bolts face the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at StubHub Center.

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