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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Jason Verrett Brings Speed to Chargers’ Secondary
It’s been 13 years since the Chargers drafted a TCU Horned Frog, but the team is hoping Jason Verrett can have just as an illustrious career as LaDanian Tomlinson.
After meeting with Chargers coaches at the 2014 NFL Combine, Verrett knew San Diego felt like the right fit for him.
“We definitely had a great conversation at the combine,” Verrett said. “You know from the GM down to the DB coach and special teams coach, there was definitely some love in there. They’re player people. They definitely take care of their players, they put their players in the best position to make plays and so seeing that and feeling the love between those coaches is definitely something I want to be a part of.”
The 2013 Second Team-All American cornerback started 34 out of 37 games during his three-year career at TCU while recording 160 total tackles and nine interceptions. He played through most of his 2013 season with a torn labrum, which he injured in the Horned Frogs’ third game against Texas Tech and re-injured in November. Verrett had surgery in March to repair his shoulder.
“I played against a lot of guys that were 6’2, 6’3 but once the ball’s in the air, I’m definitely a competitor,” Verrett said. “I feel like I showed versatility on the college level, being able to play in the slot, being able to play on the outside. I just want to carry that over to the next level, learn from the veterans, learn from the DB coaches and make plays.”
One specific veteran Verrett is looking forward to working with is Eric Weddle saying that learning from him will be a blessing. He also knows that he has big shoes to fill left by former TCU legend and famed Chargers alum, Tomlinson.
“He’s somebody that’s a legend at TCU but also a legend in San Diego so it’s a blessing being able to follow his footsteps like being drafted in the first round just like he was and I just want to carry over the things that he did.”
Verrett, who hails from the Bay Area is excited about playing in America’s Finest City and having his family come down to watch games at Qualcomm, a place that holds a special place in his heart.
“I got my first interception on that field,” Verrett said. “I definitely want to get another one in a Chargers uniform.”