There are plenty of weak areas on the San Diego Chargers roster, but the defense is one spot that should be considered a strength. It could be argued that the secondary still needs some work, and that is especially true after the veteran turnover that was experienced this past offseason.
With both Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason wearing new colors this fall, the Bolts will have a new look on the corners. Eric Weddle is the only returning starter in the entire secondary with the other three spots all in flux.
Marcus Gilchrist figures to play a big part in assembling the picture that is the San Diego secondary in the upcoming season, but just where he will be playing remains a bit of a mystery. As of right now Gilchrist is penciled in as the starting strong safety with Weddle playing the free spot.
Brandon Taylor had a promising rookie campaign last season that was derailed by a late season torn ACL. His recovery will be huge in determining just how Gilchrist figures into the puzzle in the secondary, but if he isn’t ready to go in the opening week, the corner is likely to switch back to safety where he played a bit in college at Clemson. Many believed a move to safety would be a wise choice for him coming into the 2011 NFL Draft, and the Chargers may be warming up to this position change.
Gilchrist has been productive as the nickel and dime corner along with Shareece Wright in the San Diego secondary during his first two years in the league with 93 combined total tackles and two picks which both came in his rookie year. He’s a super instinctive player with plenty of versatility in the secondary, but no one really sees Gilchrist as the future at corner for this team. As a great open field tackler, a move to safe could really help him to carve out a niche with the Bolts for years to come.
What we know for sure right now coming into the 2013 season is that Gilchrist brings plenty to the table for the Chargers in the secondary. Whether he lines up at safety for sure will likely be settled during training camp and the preseason where his battles with the team’s receivers will determine just where Gilchrist is best equipped to succeed this season.