In the midst of all the excitement the new season has provided, last week’s performance in Seattle certainly brought Chargers’ fans back down to earth. The effort from the Bolts in the Pacific Northwest was far from inspiring, but is a new week, a new opportunity. And for one very special member of the Chargers, this week may provide his first chance to play NFL football.
Jason Verrett donned the red jersey throughout training camp signifying his inability to participate in physical contact. The red came off this week, and today (Thursday) was his first day of full participation. This is great news for Chargers fans.
#Chargers CB Jason Verrett participating in tackle drills fully, unlike Tuesday when he was limited.
— Andrew Burer (@andrewburer) August 21, 2014
The first round corner brings unreal athleticism to the secondary, and since the signing of Brandon Flowers, we have partially forgotten the potential impact the rookie can bring in San Diego. With Shareece Wright and Steve Williams having strong camps, Verrett can be used as a weapon in the San Diego secondary.
As a refresher course, Verrett clocked a 4.3-forty time in February’s combine. He is 5’9”, but his 39-inch vertical helps him play bigger, and his 190 pound frame allows a certain physical nature to his game. He tallied 160 tackles in college including nine interceptions.
What you have to be excited about is Telesco beefing up the secondary with Flowers so that Verrett doesn’t necessarily have to start on the outside. He can be used in nickel and blitzing situations as well as provide depth behind the veterans Wright and Flowers. Let’s cross our fingers he feels 100 percent after practice today and suits up for the first time in a Chargers uniform Sunday against the Niners.