Oct 2, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers corner Marcus Gilchrist (38) intercepts a pass during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Poised For A Breakout Year: San Diego Chargers CB Marcus Gilchrist

Sep 22, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Marcus Gilchrist (38) during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Third year defensive back, Marcus Gilchrist, is headed into his second full offseason. If you recall, his rookie campaign included the lockout shortened 2011 season.

Gilchrist played college football at Clemson and was a second round draft pick. Although he notched his two interceptions during his rookie year, this season it showed that Gilchrist benefited from having a full offseason prior to 2012.

The improvement in his game became more and more evident as the season progressed. He had very strong showings in the second Denver game and the Pittsburgh contest. He showed that he can be physical at the point of attack and solid in coverage while manning the nickel cornerback position. The second of half of last season was just the beginning of what Gilchrist is capable of doing every Sunday for the forseeable future.

Despite having a new regime in place, I expect Gilchrist to continue to start as the team’s nickel corner. In addition to that, I also expect that he will continue to improve with each and every game.

There have been a few rumors floating around during the offseason that Gilchrist might see some time at safety as well. I would assume that would be in sub packages in passing situations. But you never can tell for sure.

The sky is the limit for Marcus Gilchrist and I can’t wait to see him continue to develop into a solid player for years to come.

Thanks a lot for reading.



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  • veazy

    I really think playing against Peyton Manning will help and has helped his development. I like how he was able to read Manning and make a play for the ball instead of going through with a pointless blitz. Gilchrist should pan out as the #1 corner sometime in the future and hopefully with Wright as the #2.

  • arnie

    At some point BoogaP the Chargers have to take the training wheels off an let him play.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I like Wright a little more than Gilchrist at the moment, and I think the chargers might let Wright start with someone who signs through free agency be it Cason or someone like Greg Toler, Tony Carter or Mike Jenkins. I haven’t seen enough from Gilchrist to think he’s more than a number 3 corner, hope he proves me wrong and is ready to start.

  • Mike Novice

    Booga; A+++ Gilchrist and a healthy Wright will help the Chargers secoundary survive a few years until help arrives. Gilchrist has looked great the last two years and ready to take Cason’s spot. Wright was a shocker until he got hurt last year. Someone has to teach him to tackle and save his body once in a while. He improved so much over the year before. But I’m with you here. Gilchrist has been the next best drafted secoundary player next to Weddle. I think Lynch is a great backup, especially with his special teams play. I’m waiting to see if Taylor can fill the Safety spot, Stucky is another special teamer /safety they should hang onto. I really think Jammer shouldn’t be used as a CB or Safety at this point. Jammer has been a great leader to the secoundary but his legs are hurting him. I’d like to see him retire and the organization find a spot for him in scouting, or asst coach. I thik down the line he’d be a asset to the staff. Nice Piece!!