Chargers Player Changes By Position: Secondary

San Diego Chargers – Mike Nowak

For an easy overview during the Bolts’ Training Camp, I’ve started a series listing all players and 2013 transactions by position.

This is the fourth and final installment, which appropriately concludes with… the Secondary.

As the Bolts are entering a new era with a new General Manager and new Head Coach, the same can definitely be said about this group. Only Eric Weddle is going to return to the same starting job and with long-time Charger Quentin Jammer gone, change is particularly apparent at Cornerback.

 

CORNERBACK
Incumbents:
- Shareece Wright  29
- Greg Gatson  31

New Additions:
- Derek Cox  22  — signed in free agency, former Jacksonville Jaguars
- Johnny Patrick  26  — via waivers, former New Orleans Saints
- Cornelius Brown  41  — signed in free agency, former Chicago Bears
- Steve Williams  27  — 2013 fifth round draft pick, California Golden Bears
- Marcus Cromartie  35  — rookie UFDA,  Wisconsin
- Greg Brown  43  — rookie UFDA, Kansas
- Josh Johnson  36  — rookie UFDA,  Purdue
- William Middleton  42 — added 07/28, former Jacksonville Jaguars
- Richard Marshall  ??  – signed 08/23 (7 yr veteran), former Miami Dolphins

Released and Gone:
- Quentin Jammer — signed with Denver Broncos (!)
- Antoine Cason — signed with Arizona Cardinals
- Chris Carr — signed with New Orleans Saints

SAFETY
Incumbents:
- Eric Weddle  32
- Marcus Gilchrist  38  — position switch from Cornerback
- Darrell Stuckey  25
- Sean Cattouse  40
- Brandon Taylor  28  — ! 08/02, activated from PUP !

New Additions:
- Jahleel Addae  37  — rookie UDFA, Central Michigan
- Tony Burnett  45  — signed 07/30, rookie free agent, USC

Released and Gone:
- Atari Bigby  — released, still unsigned
- Corey Lynch  — unsigned free agent

 

The starters at Cornerback are sealed with former Jaguars’ Derek Cox, who signed a lucrative deal with the Chargers, and Shareece Wright. Interesting will be the battle for Nickel Corner. We can assume that Johnny Patrick, claimed from the Saints, and draft pick Steve Williams are in a better position to clinch the job than the many rookie free agents, but it’s really anyone’s guess.

Eyes will be on Marcus Gilchrist, who has made a switch from Corner to the Safety. With Brandon Taylor on the active/PUP list, he doesn’t have much competition to be the one standing next to Weddle in week 1. It’s also an opportunity for undrafted rookie Jahleel Addae to make the final roster. Depth is thin.

Enjoy Chargers Camp!

Rock’n The Bolt

 

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3 comments
prowatcher
prowatcher

I'm an old App st fan so I'm familiar with Lynch. At App they called him Superman. Because he looked so unlike a hero until he put on his uniform. Chargers gave him a chance and he proved to be remarkable capable Word on the street is the Chiefs offered him a base 1 year deal with no incentives. Lynch turned them down waiting on the Chargers. I agree the team did what was neded on offense. But has dropped the ball In the secondary. I am really worried about our coverage ability. Eric better be Superman this year!

prowatcher
prowatcher

I'm not a expert, but how can a coach go into a season with a secondary that is as shaky as this: A non starting corner back moves to a starting safety with non starting (injured) safety as his backup. Wow . We had Lynch who had 5 amazing games at the end of the season after Bigby's injury. (33 TT, 4 PBUs, 2 INTs4 STF) .That would be pro-bowl numbers if he did that for a whole season. And we let him go. for what? I don't see anything better on the roster. 

Confused

AwesomeMF
AwesomeMF

@prowatcher Personally, I was also surprised why Lynch hasn't gotten a chance to prove himself again this year and why, for example, Sean Cattouse has. Lynch has done some free agency work outs for the Chiefs in May, but they 've opted to sign someone else. I do have faith in Gilchrist, who seems to take the transition to safety smoothly. I'm more concerend about the Cornerback position. Derek Cox has been owned by our WRs in Camp. He'll need to up his game. Jonny Patrick is the only back up with some experience. Fortunately there's weeks to go until the start of the season and the market is also still open.