Article by Grant Helena
The San Diego Chargers exceeded expectations last year as a team, but there are always ways to get better. After making the playoffs and winning their 1st round game, they spent the offseason trying to improve some of their weakest positions. San Diego feels like they really upgraded at cornerback by drafting Jason Verrett in the 1st round. With considerable hype surrounding him, can he live up to those lofty expectations as a rookie?
Verrett will be stepping into a situation that was a bit lackluster in 2013. People in fantasy football were quick to notice that San Diego had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Cornerback was definitely a weakness for them, as guys such as Richard Marshall and Shareece Wright struggled with consistency at all times.
The rookie out of TCU should be a starter right away, specifically at nickelback. San Diego was able to add Brandon Flowers to the team to help the secondary, but that won’t stop Verrett from beating out those who struggled last year to start every single week.
In a division with Peyton Manning, the San Diego Chargers know that they need to shut down the passing game in order to have any hope. The best teams in the NFL have outstanding quarterbacks, so improving the secondary is a must. Verrett has struggled this summer a little bit with some injury issues, but he should be able to recover pretty nicely once the season rolls around. Expectations are pretty high for him in general, and management seems to be pretty confident that he will be able to provide a good amount of value in the secondary. He might not be able to do it alone, but the addition of Flowers and Verrett has the team going in the right direction on that side of the ball.