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Weddle Encouraged By Strides in Secondary
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One key addition was the June signing of Brandon Flowers. Weddle, already impressed by the Pro Bowl corner prior to his arrival, has become an even bigger advocate of his new teammate after just one week playing alongside him.
Flowers, given the day off Thursday, putting Steve Williams in his stead. Weddle is a fan of last year’s fifth-round selection, which speaks volumes considering he was forced to miss the entire year with a torn pectoral.
Another member of the Chargers’ secondary Weddle touts highly is Jahleel Addae. As a fellow safety, number 32 knows firsthand how talented Addae is and sees a lot of himself in the second-year player.
Overall, Weddle believes if the secondary stays healthy and maintains consistency, they will turn some heads.
“The biggest thing with a lot of guys is they need to stay healthy and they need to understand that you can’t come out here for a week, have a good week and then the next week get beat for five touchdowns and think you’re going to play,” he explained. “It doesn’t work that way. We’ll lose games because of that. The guys are understanding that it’s all about consistency.”
While he’s encouraged by the secondary, his enthusiasm isn’t only limited to the defensive backs. Weddle sees the defense gelling, and as a result they are instinctively reacting rather than thinking.
“The biggest thing is if you know what you’re doing and you’re confident in what you’re doing within the defense, then you play fast,” he said. “It’s just natural. Less thinking means you’re going to anticipate and let your instincts take over. You’re not going to be sitting back thinking, ‘What should I be doing?’ So naturally as the years grow older in your progression you’re going to play faster, and when you have the same group you’re going to play collectively faster, and it’s showing on the field.”