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Jimmy Wilson Aims to Play Fast
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Since signing with the Chargers in March, native son Jimmy Wilson has spent his entire offseason on the field with his hometown team.
That experience culminated with this week’s minicamp. After spending the past four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Wilson says the past two months have been a positive experience getting to know his new team.
The camaraderie Wilson’s been building off the field has aided a smoother transition between the white lines. While he said the hardest parts of adjusting to life as a Charger has been learning the play calls and the new language, Wilson feels he’s been doing a good job picking up the new defense partly in thanks to his experience being a well-rounded defensive back.
“Luckily, I played a lot of positions in Miami. So when I came here and all the versatility they’re asking me to do here, it falls right into my work shed of things that I’ve developed over the years and I take pride in.”
Wilson started 13 of 14 games for the Dolphins last season recording a career-high 58 total tackles, one interception and two passes defended. He said one of the goals of the 2015 season for the DBs is to increase their speed. He mentioned Strength and Conditioning Coach Kent Johnston has been working with the room to up their pace.
“Our strength coach has been having us run like we’re track stars. Everybody’s upping their speed (to be) fast.”
Although his time with the Chargers has been brief so far, Wilson’s positive experiences with the defense give him high hopes for the team entering 2015.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys that can really cover well and some veterans who know what they’re doing with their route combinations so I think we have a pretty good defense.”
As for Wilson’s goals for the 2015 season, number 27 said staying healthy is of the utmost importance.
“I’m just trying to get my health all right,” he said. “I wanted to be in the best shape coming into this season so I can go the whole season without a hitch and be one of the best players in this league.” Read