Monday, July 16, 2012

San Diego Chargers: Veterans That Need to Look Young Again at Training Camp - Bleacher Report

The perennial Achilles heel of the Chargers is undoubtedly the cornerback position. 

The corners are a highly targeted area, with opposing offenses exploiting Antoine Cason’s lack of height and Quentin Jammer’s aging legs.

Tugging along in the rotation are Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright. Gilchrist and Wright were both selected in last year's draft. 

As Jammer enters his 11th year in the league, his lack of lateral quickness and breaking speed have caught him struggling to keep chase with the receivers off the line. To add insult to injury, Jammer eventually winds up reverting to panic mode and turns a fixable mistake into a rookie penalty. The Chargers have become all too accustomed to his ways. 

Jammer will be entering free agency after the season’s end. And at 33, if he doesn't turn things around quickly, he may be writing his final chapter in the powder blues. 2012 will be his final test to prove his worth as a starting cornerback with the Chargers and in the league. 

Jammer’s complement, Antoine Cason, has been unable to escape mediocrity since taking the starting position after Antonio Cromartie’s departure. 

Week 7 last season spoke volumes for Cason. Plaxico Burress made quick work of Cason’s 6’1’’ frame in the red zone after he hauled in three touchdowns that helped lift the Jets to a 27-21 victory. 

Right now, both the starting corners are competing for job security. Cason’s promising career could sputter before it would ever leave the ground. 

One man that could stand in the way of Cason’s career is Marcus Gilchrist. 

Gilchrist came onto the scene as a rookie last year but never quite solidified his presence after alternating out poor appearances in replacement of Cason’s woes.

With the new defensive coordinator in John Pagano, hopefully he can rectify the situation. He should implement Gilchrist as a solid slot defender like we had in Drayton Florence and keep Cason to his strongest suit patrolling the outer third. 

Rounding out the top four is Shareece Wright. Wright, who is better known nowadays for his infamous Los Angeles Chargers tweet, would like to blanket his social media account and prove himself between the lines.

He may be the most raw talent of the group. If Wright can focus on his work on the field, he may find himself slowly matriculating up the depth chart with a depleted secondary. 

To make sure they are earning their keep, the Bolts brought in three undrafted free agents.

Who will step up to the plate? 

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