July 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers strong safety Brandon Taylor (28) defends tight end Ladarius Green (left) during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Taylor The Front Runner To Start At Strong Safety?


San Diego Chargers SS Brandon Taylor is on the comeback trail from an ACL injury. He still won’t be at the top of his game when everybody comes back for training camp at the end of July, but he is hopeful that he will be able to compete for the starting strong safety spot.

Our boy Kevin Acee expects him to be the starting safety when they get in the pads:

That definitely will help out the depth in the secondary. Marcus Gilchrist is working at strong safety right now with Taylor out of the lineup. Gilchrist could be the next man up at corner and safety.

Hopefully Taylor can get up to speed and make good things happen. If he is unable to get there, then the depth in the secondary took a swift kick in the cajones.

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  • Cgoodness13

    He was such a beast in college, he led one of the best Dbackfields in college history.

    • boltingindiego

      yes he was and whats shows how nfl level it was is that he was lowest draft pick selction of that starting backfield at pick 73.

  • tubbs45

    Love to see him have a great run this year!

  • Alter Ego

    Egad…my hope is that Gilchrist is not only the starter but a stud. Too many what ifs to worry about with Taylor. I don’t even want to consider that Gilly isn’t the guy.

    • Alter Ego

      If Taylor is mayhem in the middle – let him win the spot cause he is outstanding and not because Gilchrist is less than stellar. That would be a good transition.

      • Sergio Quintero

        At least there is talent in the position, can you tell me you trust any of the pass rusher beyond Freeney, none are proven.

        • Alter Ego

          Nope – gotta believe that TT/McCoy are brilliant and the sky aint falling.

          • Sergio Quintero

            hahahahaha!!!, Keep the faith, oops wrong team’s tag line!!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Is it just me, or does 9 months sound like an AP miracle kind of schedule for an ACL recovery? Not to be negative, but I think the kid has a future at the position on our team. Do you just rush him into the starting position, when how many NFL snaps did he take last year? I mean, if they are confident that knee will hold up, and he is an obvious upgrade over Gilchrist (or anyone else), then carry on.
    But, this sounds really premature to me, and potentially dangerous for Taylor, and the team’s future at safety. If this isn’t just more of Acee’s whack ass “throw it against the wall, and see what sticks” reporting,… I really hope they know what they are doing, and aren’t just having delusions of grandeur.

  • chargerfan

    Believe in the Bolts!!!

  • C.Steele

    You know Ernie, I’m not putting to much stock in Acee on this. I’ll wait until they both are evaluated on the field this year. That seems like a pretty good leap to make that statement in June about a second year, 3rd round safety who barley saw the field last year before tearing his ACL, and still in the middle of rehab…