Take a look at the entire Bolts roster leading into 2018 Preseason.
As we near the start of training camp on July 28, we'll preview each position for the Los Angeles Chargers. We continue with the cornerbacks.
Casey Hayward – There's a reason the Bolts reached a three-year contract extension with "Showcase" this offseason, locking him up through 2021. After all, he's only been a two-time Pro Bowler who's earned consecutive second-team All-Pro honors during his first two seasons with the Chargers. Every team covets a lockdown corner, and Hayward certainly qualifies as one.
Jason Verrett – It's been a long time coming for Verrett, who says he finally feels like his old self after missing all but five games over the past two seasons. The good news is his coaches agree, as Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley said that "Feeva" displayed his signature athleticism and quick-twitch movements that define his games. Verrett is also an ultimate competitor, and his return to a deep CB unit has some pundits believing the Bolts may boast the best group in the NFL.
Trevor Williams – The former undrafted free agent out of Penn State enters his third season with nothing left to prove. As solid as they come, Williams has more than held his own the past two years as he's been pressed into a starting role in Verrett's absence. With Hayward locking down the opposition's top target, quarterbacks quickly learned that they can't merely throw at Williams as the 5-11, 191-pounder ranked as one of Pro Football Focus' top cornerbacks as well.
Desmond King – It was quite the rookie campaign for the team's fifth-round pick a year ago as King was a solid contributor as the team's nickel corner. Not only was he strong in coverage but he proved to be an excellent blitzer as his 4.0 sacks were the most by any cornerback in the NFL.
Michael Davis – The 6-2, 196-pound speedster parlayed an impressive training camp and preseason into a regular role as an undrafted rookie in 2017. Davis appeared in 15 games, totaling 18 tackles and one pass defensed. He also emerged as a significant playmaker on special teams.
Craig Mager – Last season was a bit of a wakeup call for Mager as the former third-round pick spent most of the season on the practice squad. Still, there's no denying Mager's raw talent and athleticism. Vowing that his stint on the practice squad was the best thing for him, the cornerback is determined to stake his claim on the active roster.
Jeff Richards – Richards is another cornerback who spent 2017 refining his game on the practice squad. The Chargers initially claimed him off waivers from the Carolina Panthers following final roster reductions, so this is the first time he'll participate in the team's training camp.
Tony Brown – The Bolts made it a priority to sign the Alabama product as an undrafted free agent in late April. The physical cornerback boasts incredible speed, running a 4.35 40-yard dash at the Combine. Brown played slot corner in all 14 games last season for Alabama, tallying 31 tackles, two passes defensed and one interception.
B.J. Clay – Clay appeared in 46 games during his career at Georgia State, totaling 39 tackles, 12 passes defensed and three interceptions. His best season was back in 2016 when he tied for the team lead with three interceptions and five passes defensed.
Marcus Edmond – The Clemson product was limited by injuries a year ago but showed what he's capable of with a standout 2016 campaign. He posted 19 tackles, three passes defensed and one pick in 323 snaps that year as the Tigers won the national title.
Brandon Facyson– A 6-2, 197-pound corner out of Virginia Tech, Facyson totaled 131 tackles, five interceptions, 44 passes defensed and three forced fumbles in 55 games with 47 starts over his Hokie career.
We're Keeping Our Eye On…
Ricky Henne: I almost went with Brandon Facyson, as the undrafted free agent out Virginia Tech's size and length brings something different to the CB room. However, I'm going to go with Craig Mager. I'm really intrigued to see how the former third-round pick responds to spending the majority of 2017 on the practice squad. I was so impressed by how he handled it as Mager said it actually was the best thing for him. Spending time on the practice squad allowed him to refine his game and focus on his individual development. Now it's time to see the fruits of his labor.
Hayley Elwood: 22. Jason Verrett has returned, so who won't have their eyes on him during camp? Seeing him participate in 11-on-11 drills towards the end of minicamp was a sight to see, so I'm so glad he'll take the field at Jack Hammett Sports Complex full-go. He's eager to return to form, and I think everyone is interested to see how the cornerback rotation will shake out.
Chris Hayre: Jason Verrett's return is the lead, but Desmond King has been a bit of a forgotten man. He appeared in all 16 games last season as a rookie, including four starts. Entering his second year, King said he placed an emphasis on improving his man-to-man coverage skills this offseason. In a defense full of playmakers, don't forget about the former Jim Thorpe Award winner.