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10 Things to Watch: Jason Verrett's Return

Take a look at the entire Bolts roster leading into 2018 Preseason.

With training camp on the horizon, we'll preview 10 of the most intriguing storylines to watch for when the Bolts kick things off on July 28.

You can excuse Jason Verrett if he has a permanent smile on his face when he takes the field for the first day of training camp.

After all, it's been nearly two whole calendar years since the 27-year old has felt like his old self. 

"Just comparing, it's a night and day difference to where I was at last year," he said last month. "I'm ready to get back to playing at the level I know I can play at."

Having only appeared in five games over the past two seasons, "Feeva" is eager to prove he is back to the Pro Bowl form he flashed in 2015.

He certainly showed glimpses of that after being fully cleared for veteran minicamp, ending the offseason program on a high note.

Verrett showed why he was regarded as an elite, shutdown corner before injuries cost him the past two seasons. His quick twitch athleticism was on full display, as was the swagger he brings to the position.

Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley took note of how number 22 looked on the field.

"His skill set, what he has, his speed, his athleticism, his change of direction – it is elite," he said. "Just to see him go through the individuals, sometimes, you see a guy come back from an injury like that (and) it takes some time. I don't see it right now. The way he's working out (and) the way he's practicing, he's in a really good place right now."

"A couple years ago, everyone in the league thought very highly of Jason and where he was as a football player," added Defensive Backs Coach Ron Milus. "The last couple years he's been hurt, but what I saw the last couple practices of minicamp, it seems that his quickness is starting to come back. His change of direction is coming back. All I know is that our players are excited for him, I'm excited for him, and he feels like he's going to come back to where he was."

The big question is how Verrett's return impacts the rest of the unit.

Casey Hayward is obviously entrenched as the other starter having earned Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro honors each of the past two seasons. But what does Verrett's return mean for Trevor Williams, who emerged as top-notch cornerback starting in his absence? And what does it mean for Desmond King, who thrived in the nickel a year ago. 

It's certainly a good problem to have as you can never have enough quality corners, and the answers to all those questions should come at training camp.

MORE THINGS TO WATCH

The Chargers' 2018 training camp schedule is official, so mark your calendars to watch the Bolts prepare for the upcoming season! The team will hold 14 practices open to the public between July 28 and August 23. For more information, please visit www.chargers.com/camp.

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