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Training Camp Preview: Secondary

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Get ready for training camp with a preview of the Chargers secondary.

From now until the start of training camp, we’ll preview each position for the San Diego Chargers.  We continue with a breakdown of the secondary.  The Bolts currently have 10 cornerbacks on their roster: Shareece Wright, Brandon Flowers, Jason Verrett, Richard Marshall, Steve Williams, Brandon Ghee, Marcus Cromartie, Chris Davis, Greg Ducre; and six safeties: Eric Weddle, Marcus Gilchrist, Darrell Stuckey, Jahleel Addae, Alden Darby and Adrian Phillips .

Wright –  The confident 5-11, 182-pounder believes he will be more consistent in 2014 now that he has a full year as a starter under his belt.  He entered 2013 having appeared in just 17 games, recording 14 tackles and one pass defensed in limited playing time.  Last year, Wright led the team with 13 passes defensed in 14 regular season games while notching 57 tackles, one interception and one tackle for loss.  In two postseason contests he led the way with five passes broken up along with 10 tackles, one interception and one quarterback hit.

Flowers –
It’s not often a team can add a Pro Bowl player in late June, but the Chargers did just that, striking a deal with the dynamic playmaker exactly one month before the first training camp practice.  Flowers recorded 421 tackles, 97 passes defensed and 17 interceptions in six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2013 with 68 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception. 

Verrett – The Chargers added a player they coveted with their first round pick in this year’s draft, adding the TCU star with the 25th overall selection.  The 5-9, 178-pounder has a nose for breaking up passes.  He recorded 41 passes defensed with the Horned Frogs, along with 160 tackles and nine interceptions during his three seasons in Fort Worth.  In 2013, Verrett posted 39 tackles, 14 passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. Along the way, he was named a Second-Team All-American selection, co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year recipient and semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in the nation.

Marshall – A consummate pro, Marshall brings valuable experience to the cornerback position. The nine-year veteran returns for his second season in America’s Finest City after recording 61 tackles, six passes defensed, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.  In the postseason, he notched eight defensive tackles, two fumble recoveries and led the way with four special teams tackles.

Williams – The speedster was in the midst of a strong training camp when a torn pectoral suffered during the second preseason game cost him his entire rookie season.  A fifth-round pick in 2013, Williams has looked strong during offseason workouts and is aiming to make an immediate impact in his return from injury.

Ghee – The Chargers signed the former Cincinnati Bengal back in March.  Originally a third-round pick out of Wake Forest, Ghee is looking for a fresh start after an injury plagued beginning to his career.  Overall, he’s appeared in just 23 games over four years, including a career-high 10 in 2013.  Last season he registered six tackles with five passes defensed in limited duty.

Cromartie – A strong training camp and preseason earned the former Wisconsin Badger a spot on the practice squad.  He worked diligently on all aspects of his game and was promoted to the 53-man roster for the final two games of the regular season and postseason.

Davis- Second-Team All-SEC selection authored one of greatest moments in college football history with his 109-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown as time expired to win the Iron Bowl for Auburn.

Ducre - Blazing fast Washington product ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at his pro day.

Weddle – One of the best safeties in the entire league, Weddle is fresh off his second Pro Bowl season in which he once again eclipsed 100 tackles to lead the team for the second year in a row. He tied for the team lead with two interceptions during the regular season and was second on the squad with 10 passes defensed.  A leader on and off the field, Weddle is one of the most respected Chargers among teammates and coaches.

Gilchrist – Gilchrist moved to safety full time after spending the first two seasons of his career at corner.  He performed admirably, notching 77 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble.  The 5-10, 198-pound former Clemson star remains a versatile weapon capable of playing the nickel slot as well.

Stuckey – A special teams captain, Stuckey saw an increase in playing time on defense down the stretch in 2013 and he came up huge. The 5-11, 212-pound safety  helped the Bolts reach the postseason with a career-high three defensive tackles in the Week 17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.  He then elevated his game in the postseason.   Against the Bengals, Stuckey had a key pass defensed on a deep ball to Marvin Jones in the third quarter, while against the Denver Broncos, he deflected what appeared to be a sure touchdown into the air, allowing Donald Butler to intercept it in the end zone.

Addae – From longshot to invaluable member of the defense, Addae became a fan favorite with his bone rattling hits and long flowing dreadlocks.  Addae’s playing time drastically increased over the course of the season, and he ended it with 32 tackles, two passes defensed, one sack and one tackle for loss.  He had a pair of big plays in the postseason including a fumble recovery in the Wild Card win over the Bengals followed by a forced fumble a week later in Denver.

Darby – Two-time All-Pac-12 honoree and 2013 First Teamer notched 10 career interceptions over his career at Arizona State.

Phillips - The 5-11, 210-pound safety out of Texas appeared in 50 games with 28 starts over four years, recording 206 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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