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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Brandon Ghee Displays Skills During OTA's
Eddie Royal was in the midst of a strong practice during the team’s first OTA of the season. He showed the type of chemistry with Philip Rivers that caused him to tie for the team lead with eight touchdown receptions a year ago.
With that, Brandon Ghee introduced himself with the type of play he hopes to routinely make in San Diego as his teammates cheered him on.
“It felt good to make a play like that,” he said. “I hadn’t been on the field like that since January, so it was fun to get out there, compete and make plays. I’m just trying to learn the defense and help the team. And my teammates have been there for me to help me adjust.”
The Chargers signed the cornerback in March after the former third-round pick spent his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The skilled 6-0, 200-pounder’s talent has never been questioned, but he’s unfortunately dealt with a string of tough luck injuries over his career. Many expected Ghee to start in 2012 before he was lost for the entire season with a severe wrist injury. A concussion last year cost him the first three weeks of the season, and after returning for one game, was sidelined again due to a thigh injury. As a result, he’s played in just 23 games in the
“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far,” he said. “It’s a great organization, and that’s why I came here. Everyone has treated me well and I’ve learned a lot. It’s a great fit for me. They are giving me an opportunity to go play, and that’s what I wanted. So it’s been a great decision and hopefully I bring something to the table.”
Among many factors that impacted Ghee’s decision was the opportunity to play in Defensive Coordinator John Pagano’s aggressive scheme.
“He lets me play man-to-man, which is what I like to do and plays to my strength,” he said. “I can just man up. He’ll put me in position to make plays. He’s a great defensive coordinator and that’s a big reason why I came here.”
Ghee says many of his secondary teammates have helped him acclimate to his new team, pointing out how Eric Weddle, Shareece Wright, Richard Marshall and Darrell Stuckey among others have been in his ear. At the same time, Ghee is eager to help his new teammates as well, particularly first round pick Jason Verrett.
“I’m just telling him to take his time and it will come,” he said. “The guy was taken in the first round for a reason. Obviously he has the talent. He just needs to get the scheme down and he’ll be ready by the fall.”