From now until the start of training camp, Jordan Beane and I will be previewing each position for the San Diego Chargers.
We continue the series with a look at the defensive backs.
One of the team’s biggest free agent splashes was the signing of cornerback Derek Cox. The former Jacksonville Jaguar had a team-leading 12 interception over his first four seasons in the league, more than double the next man on the list. Joining him on the opposite end is Shareece Wright, the third-year pro out of USC who is getting an opportunity to shine now that he is completely healthy. Other cornerbacks on the roster include the speedy Johnny Patrick, a former third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints, as well as Cornelius Brown, Greg Gatson, fifth-round pick Steve Williams and undrafted free agents Greg Brown, Marcus Cromartie and Josh Johnson.
An undisputed leader of the defense, Eric Weddle stands out from the safety position. Weddle was the Chargers Most Valuable Player in 2012, leading the team with 111 tackles. Lining up next to him is Marcus Gilchrist, a third-year pro who is making the switch from cornerback to safety. Special teams ace Darrell Stuckey is another player the team is looking forward to seeing out on the practice field as he returns from a season-ending injury. Last year’s third round pick Brandon Taylor has been placed on the PUP list to start the season while he recovers from a knee injury suffered in Week 16 last year. Other safeties on the roster include Jahleel Addae and Kenny Okoro.
Watch the above video for analysis of the secondary.
Breaking Down the Linebackers
Breaking Down the Defensive Line
Breaking Down the Tight Ends and Wide Receivers
Breaking Down the Offensive Line
Breaking Down the Running Backs
Breaking Down the Quarterbacks