Corey Liuget, already one of the better players on a San Diego Chargers defense that was rather subpar a season ago, is improving mightily in the offseason after a shoulder injury aggravated him for all of the 2013 season. And that news should certainly delight Chargers fans.
Liuget, a former Illinois Fighting Illini, underwent a surgical procedure recently to help heal a torn labrum. The injury limited, but did not entirely bring down the play of Liuget who saw the field for 730 total plays last year. That ranked fourth amongst Charger defenders with Eric Weddle leading the way with 1,017.
Even with that nagging injury, Corey found ways to wreak havoc in the trenches. According to Pro Football Focus, Liuget was the second-best graded pass rusher on the team. The only player higher than him was Dwight Freeney who only saw the field for 173 snaps due to injury.
You could very easily make a case that despite a torn labrum, and despite playing most of his snaps as an interior lineman, Corey Liuget was the best Charger pass rushers during the 2013 season. Statistics show it as well as Liuget led the team in sacks (6), tied Kendall Reyes for QB hits (9), hurries (23) and total pressures (38).
Staggering isn’t it?
The news that Liuget’s strength is improving is both welcoming and terrifying for his fellow defenders and opponents respectively. Liuget played very well last year on the Chargers defensive front. At 100 percent in 2014, he could have a breakout campaign and come into his own as the first-round selection many believed he would be in 2011. At only 24 years of age, the talented defender could begin to enter his prime this coming season.