Each week we have seen different players step it up and show what kind of skill set they bring to the Chargers. Week 1 included Darryl Gamble stepping it up at linebacker, and outstanding Rivers-Jackson conntection, and Rookie Jordan Todman showed off his speed and ability to run the ball effectively. Week 2 against Dallas showed a few more stepping it up including Ryan Mathews (5.5 YPC), Rookie Corey Luiget proving he can get pressure on the Quarterback in the NFL, Vaughn Martin leading in tackles and rallying for 2 sacks, and Eric Weddle after picking off Tony Romo, letting fans know just why it is that he got that huge contract!
In Week 3 here are the players I have my eye on.
Vincent Brown #86 – Of all the Rookies playing in the game Saturday, Brown should be the one playing with the biggest chip on his shoulder. He has been sidelined since the first camp practice with a quadriceps injury. He is now healthy and Saturday will be his first chance to prove to coaches and fans just what he has. He is facing an average Cardinals pass defense and should be able to find himself open especially if Vincent Jackson is on the field drawing coverage. Brown was highly praised in the preseason and I look for him to have a handful of grabs, somewhere in the ballpark of 5 rec for 50 yards or so.
Donald Butler #56 – After an injury sidelines veteran Stephen Cooper for the 2011 season, the Chargers are solely looking to Donald Butler to step it up at Inside Linebacker. He has the raw skills to make big plays in the league and he is looking great in that #56 jersey. Butler had an extremely productive camp and will enter the season as our starting ILB. He will have plenty of opportunities to show what he’s got with Beanie Wells running at him. I look for Butler to put up about 5 total tackles.
Marcus Gilchrist #38- Gilchrist has had arguably the best camp of any Rookie for the Chargers. He has been recognized by coaches, players, and scouts as having great field vision, coverage skills, and return abilities. Gilchrist is needing a big preseason game to get his feet wet before regular season and I think as Charger fans we could all use some reassurance that he is ready for action. Look for him to be very active in coverage and have a couple tackles as well, maybe an INT!