The San Diego Chargers chose former Louisiana State Tigers safety Brandon Taylor in round three of the 2012 NFL Draft. Taylor recorded three tackles and a half sack in four games at strong safety, which included one start, but his season ended when he tore his ACL against the New York Jets.
According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, “The 2012 third-round pick is hopeful to be on the field next month when training camp begins, and while it may be too early to say with certainty, that is a growing sentiment. Whether the former LSU captain can join his teammates once the Chargers report to training camp on July 24 isn’t official just yet.”
Taylor got his opportunity to start when former SS Atari Bigby went down with a groin injury against the Baltimore Ravens and should be a contributor once he returns to the field.
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said, “Of course you are optimistic. Head athletic trainer James Collins and his staff do a great job with those players and put them on a schedule like anyone who has a surgery, whether it’s during the season or during the offseason program. They’re on a plan, and we’ll look forward to good things when he gets healthy.”
San Diego’s coaching staff moved Marcus Gilchrist from cornerback to SS, and he will be a starter, but switching from CB to SS could be challenging which could make Taylor’s comeback that much more important.
Taylor recorded 71 tackles, two interceptions and a sack in his final season with LSU, building on a 2010 campaign in which he recorded 44 tackles with the Tigers.
The Chargers are going with a youth movement with half of their secondary, and based on the comments from McCoy, Taylor should be right in the middle of the action when he returns from his ACL tear.