Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) and safety Jahleel Addae (37) in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Jahleel Addae Became a Safety After He Pancaked a Linebacker in Practice


San Diego Chargers S Jahleel Addae joined the Central Michigan Chippewas as an offensive player. That all changed as soon as he pancaked a linebacker on a running play during practice, per Eric Williams. That is the type of player that Addae is. Addae is someone that loves to lay the smack down. He wants to make the big hit.  He did it as an offensive player and he is doing it as a defensive player. It seems that the move to the defense has worked out for Addae.

Addae started out the year for the Chargers as mostly a special teams player and by the end of the season he was playing a majority of the snaps on defense. He still has a lot of room to grow, but we all know that he is looking for the big hit any time he can get near the ball carrier. He flies in recklessly looking to jar the ball loose and make a big play. Against the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, he forced a huge fumble and laid down a few big hits (some knocked out his own teammates).

Addae could be the answer to the problems that we have had at the safety position. He will get the opportunity to play more next season and could be the main man. He has come a long way from the player that went undrafted last season.

Is Addae the answer for the Chargers at safety?

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  • Julien Bélair

    To me he truly is. Please dont draft a ss and let addae taylor and Gilchrist compete for the job and I see addae having the upper hand

    • Conor Cahill

      Even if the Chargers draft a SS like Loston or Bailey in the 3-4 rounds, the competition will be between the rook and Addae. Gilchrist is officially the slot man and Taylor will most likely go the way of Mouton. This regime didn’t even draft him (or possibly even see any reason to draft him) and they obviously aren’t dying to get him on the field. Why wouldn’t we draft a safety if one is available in the 3-4 rounds? Addae played very well for an undrafted rookie, but that does’t mean he is the answer or he shouldn’t have competition.

      • Julien Bélair

        Because a safety in the 3-4 rounds wont beat addae out so it is pretty much useless. I rather see us go OL or DL for depth rather than a safety. I see it as a waste pick. Give Addae a shot and if it dosen’t work the way you wanted then draft one next year.

        • Conor Cahill

          Why do you say that? A safety in rounds 3-4 will likely be a top-5 safety in the draft. Addae wasn’t even a top-20 strong safety coming out of college and he played this well. I dont think any defensive pick would be a waste. Whats wrong with adding more talent and competition in the secondary? Assuming a top-5 safety in this years draft won’t beat out Addae is assuming too much. We need depth at safety also because Taylor will probably never contribute much and Gilchrist missed his shot at safety. I’m not saying we should reach by any means or that Addae can’t become the future SS. But, if a guy is there that can add to the football team and he is a safety, why would you pass on him in favor of an undrafted rookie that played alright the year before?

          • Julien Bélair

            First stop saying he is an undrafted rook cause it dosen’t matter anymore. Second don’t forget we will still have Stuckey for depth and also gilchrist. Taylor is truly a question marks and I think we should act like we don’t have him on the roster.
            Look i’m not saying that Addae is THE guy. I’m saying it would be stupid to draft a safety with your third round and then you end up with two starting SS and you can only start one. On the other hand if the value is really there I would understand. But I am an Addae fan. I really have high expectation on him.

          • Conor Cahill

            I’m a fan of Addae too. But Gilchrist isn’t a safety, He can’t play safety, and he doesn’t anymore. Stuckey is nowhere near skilled enough to play consistently at safety. That leaves us with 1 SS on the roster. Who is starting doesn’t matter, because in the modern NFL, there are so many different packages that include players that don’t technically ‘start’ but are in on a considerable amount of plays. We saw this year even when Addae came out of the game, the level of play dropped significantly with Stuckey. Stuckey is one of the best special teamers in the NFL, but not up to par as a backup safety. Depth is one of the most important aspects of a football team, and secondary is our worst position group by far as it is. To me its a no brainer. We have to improve every position in the secondary except FS with talent AND depth.

          • Julien Bélair

            You made a very fair point. I would agree with a forth rounder but i’m still not convinced with a third round pick unless we got a big value

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

            I’m thinking 1st or second round… LOL. We have passed this position up year after year, in favor of filling “more important needs”. Yet people wonder why our secondary sucks, and Weddle isn’t free to play his natural position. It’s because we have had bargain basement strong safeties in there for years. Take a look at Seattle’s safeties. THAT’S how its done, and the results are clearly beneficial. Look at Taylor.. that’s what you get when you draft a third rounder… that’s a wasted pick IMO. It’s a huge crapshoot.

          • Julien Bélair

            At the moment my perfect draft would be : 1. a) Nix B) dee ford C) BPA 2. bucannon 3. fast WR from a small school like the louisville WR

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

            I’m totally down with that lineup! Maybe even a guard. Clary sucks.

          • Julien Bélair

            Yeah but I see TT addressing that in later rounds and FA like he was able to do last year

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

            We need a high round safety. I’m not even happy with a 3 or 4 round pick. Time to stop dicking around (for an entire decade) and get a game ready strong safety, for God’s sake.

          • Julien Bélair

            exactly draft a safety early or don’t and stay with our guys for next year

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

            I agree. I hope Telesco is serious about Bucannon, and not just kicking the tires.

          • Julien Bélair

            Yeah I really like him too big fast good tackler and he can cover

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

            You hit it right on the nose. He needs to be a good tackler. Busted tackles was killing us this year.

          • Julien Bélair

            Yeah I mentioned earlier today that even Ingram misses tackles. It seems like only Weddle knows how to tackle on this defence. Also Addae impress me in the department. One of the reason I like him.

          • Conor Cahill

            So you changed your mind?

          • Julien Bélair

            yes if we draft a safety early like first or second but not in later rounds

          • Conor Cahill

            Yep.

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

            Sorry brother. Not trying to butt into the convo… but Addae, Taylor, Stucky, and Gilchrist are merely a group of average (possibly below average) safeties. We need an above average strong safety, at least. I will even go as far as to say that it might be even more important than CB. We got burned REPEATEDLY this season over the middle, and over the top, due to awful safety play. We need a much more talented player in that position, then we currently have on the roster. Our guys played admirably, and did their best, but we are last in the league at that position, talent-wise. I’d even use a second rounder on one.

          • Julien Bélair

            Give Addae time he is still very young and my point is if you want a real upgrade over Addae we need to draft your safety in the first two rounds. If not the safety you will draft will probably ride the bench behind Addae and company. That’s why I believe we should give Addae a shot this year at the starting SS and if it really doesn’t work out then draft a safety early in the next draft or pick one in the next FA. Just my 2 cents

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

            I can get with that. The way I see it is that we pick at the bottom of the draftt order, anyway. A late 1st round pick on a safety isn’t “wasting a pick”.. even if we choose a high second round safety. It’s not like we are picking at 11, and there are tons of talented players left. Top players should be gone mostly. I am still bummed we missed out on Harrison Smith, and Mark Barron a couple years back. Can you imagine either of those two next to Weddle? It would be a dream come true!

          • Julien Bélair

            Barron was drafted way to high but Harrison smith was the pick I wanted back then

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

            Agreed. I was so pissed at Tampa.. LOL. Didn’t they take him at 8 or 11? But, I can’t talk too much.. I wanted us to take Vaccaro at 11 last year… hahaha.

          • Gunnar Martin

            And we got Fluker instead. Are you mad about that?? I sure ain’t! LOL

          • Julien Bélair

            Fluker is my favorite pick in year. A big body, talented, inspired, OL who is fun to watch and never stops playing. I admit I was mad when we drafted him instead of Lotulelei but now I couldn’t be happier

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

            Truthfully? No, I’m not mad. But, I still would have taken Vaccaro over Fluker. We didn’t need a right tackle. We needed a strong safety. We will never get where we need to be at, without a strong safety. Everyone knows how I feel about Clary. But, I don’t think his play in 2012 warranted burning an eleventh pick on a RT. Nor do I think his play at guard has been good. In my eyes, we burned a high pick when we didn’t need to, on a position we weren’t struggling at. So, now we have the most overpaid right guard in the league, who sucks. It basically makes Clary obsolete. I would have preferred that TT went Vaccaro first, and chosen a guard and a middle linebacker in one of the top four rounds. Keenan was a steal, so I can’t talk smack using that pick.But quite honestly, using a high pick on Te’O was already a mistake in my eyes, and trading a pick in addition was downright foolish. I would much rather have had Larry Wharford, Kiko Alonso, Kenny Vaccaro, and Keenan Allen… even Bostic, if Alonso was gone.

          • Conor Cahill

            Well at least Clary will probably be on the outs and save us some serious $$$

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

            Hahaha… Don’t tease me Conor… LMAO. I have been waiting for too long. Knowing my luck, the sick irony of the situation will be that Clary stays on a restructured contract, and retire a Charger… while Antonio Gates will get traded away. The lame part is that I see fans openly defending Clary staying, but saying we should trade Gates. Delusional.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Well there’s one way of looking at it. Personally, I really love what TT did in the draft and I trust that he has some sort of awesome master-plan that will build a dynasty. And yes, that will include that Pro-Bowl strong safety you are dreaming of Pete! Haha.

            Have faith! lol

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

            Oh.. I have faith. The hills inn this team were plentiful. As long as he picked players that produced at a high level, it was a success. And that’s what TT did. You would have to have your head examined to say he didn’t hit big. Having said that, everyone had their flavor of how a draft should have gone. Maybe I’ll write a piece about it this week.

          • Julien Bélair

            It seemes easy now to say we should have drafted Alonso but back in the days he has a lot of offfield issues and TT was trying to build a new identity and that is not the type of player you want for that. For warford nobody thought he would be this good and if they would know he would have been taken before Cooper. For vaccaro you have a case but I think it is delusiona to say that we were not struggling at RT. Plus they just fell in love with fluker’s passion and potentiel and we all get why lol

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i thought we were going to get Alonso… we brought him in to see what type of character he was too. we did bring in Manti in also for an interview

          • FiniteSD

            Clary had a pretty good season for us at RG. I heard a radio interview on a new way of grading Olinemen (kind of like sabremetrics) and Clary was in the top 10 Guards in the league. I’ve always been a Clary hater for years but I definitely did notice much improvement this season at guard. I agree he is getting paid way too much.

            And anyone saying we wasted our pick by choosing Fluker doesn’t understand how bad our Oline was in 2012.

            I also wanted to point out that the best players aren’t always taken in the early rounds. You never know what kind of gem you’ll find in the later rounds. Look at the Seahawks SS (forget his name). I believe he was a 4th rounder.

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

            First of all, Clary is not a top ten guard. That’s crazy talk. He isn’t even top 20. Second of all, we did have a shitty o-line last season, because Mike friggin Harris was our LT, Tyrone “waste of space” Greene was our LG, and teams would crash PR’s blind side on every play. Clary wasn’t awesome, but he wasn’t the reason either. He graded out pretty middle of the pack, didn’t he? Not to mention the depth behind those guys was awful.

            The LT & LG problem was already fixed in FA, with Dunlap & Rinehart, and TT brought in Ohrnberger & Starks for depth to play alongside Harris, and Schilling (even if Starks didn’t work out). Most importantly, they got rid of guys like Dombrowski, who was atrocious. At the time they drafted, they were already stacked at oline, except for LT & RG. I will concede that Fluker had to switch to LT for a couple of games, but I think we lost one of them, due to PR being under pressure on the left side.. I’ll have to check.

            My point is, that if they would have kept Clary at RT, and drafted a right guard, instead of a RT, they could have taken Vaccaro too at SS, and shored up the secondary a little AND strengthened the o-line. Not to mention, instead of using two picks on an undersized middle linebacker with tons of question marks, who barely was able to contribute this season.. they could have gotten one of the MLB’s I wanted (Alonso / Bostic) who were both still available. Alonso is what a real MLB looks like, FYI.

            SO, let’s summarize. Instead of taking a top-notch & versatile strong safety, a rookie of the year caliber MLB, and a RG to go next to our RT (who was actually not horrible).. we took a RT, and traded an extra pick away for an undersized MLB, who nobody thinks can be a 3 down player, and gets manhandled by blockers. I’m not saying Fluker sucks, but that’s not getting bang for your buck.

            What If Keenan wasn’t as amazing as he is, and didn’t miraculously fall into our laps in round 3.. which was basically a no brainer pick. Would we still be talking about this draft as a huge success? I think the fact that Allen is such a beast masked the fact that TT got really lucky.

            If it was just Fluker, Te’O, some other 3rd pick, no 4th pick, an injured Steve Williams, Tourek, and Sorensen.. would we be calling him a “draft day genius”? That Allen pick sure pulls everything together, doesn’t it? The way SD fans love to take their pitch forks out.. it might not have “stayed classy” in SD.

            As.for Seattle’s fourth round safeties, and 6th round star CB’s… you have a point. But, who is good enough to pick a mid-to-late round safety, and know that they are a superstar? The answer? Pete Carroll. Not John Spanos. TT has a great eye for offensive talent, but I’m not so sure about the other side of the ball. So far, it’s 3 swings, and 3 misses. This year should tell the whole story, as we need defense out the ying yang.

            Great debating with you. Always a pleasure to talk Chargers!!!

          • Julien Bélair

            haha I would have reach on Vaccaro too I liked him A LOT !

          • Conor Cahill

            Or Crypien last year!!

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

            I would have taken Cyprien too. I just thought Kenny had the versatility that Telesco seems to be so fond of. Either would have been an asset. Wasn’t Cyprien picked in a spot where we had no shout at him though? I seem to remember him going at an awkward spot for us to have picked him.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Vaccaro!

      • Captain Kush

        Bailey is a stud. I wouldn’t mind TT drafting him in the 4th round.

  • serg21

    He could be .. he’s always around the ball or making a play on it and a rookie!

  • Cgoodness13

    He’s got the hitting and tackling skills down, just needs to work on his coverage skills

    • Julien Bélair

      very good tackling skill and that’s something that the bolts desperately need. Heck even Ingram misses a lot of tackles.

  • RZ

    Yes..make it his position to lose.He is our Mad Bomber in the secondary.He will only get better!

    • Augie Baza

      He is the predator missile in our secondory. His nickname in college was the predator cus of his hair so Predator Missele suits him well.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Yes! Predator Missile. I love it.

  • Rob Base

    He’s a undrafted guy so why not draft someone he can compete with. Plus Bolts can use the depth and there is still unanswered questions at the SS position.

    • 619chargers4life

      He has Taylor to compete with , just saying .

      • Rob Base

        True but that’s IF he can get healthy stay on the field and compete though.

      • Conor Cahill

        Taylor was a healthy inactive all year with the regime that didn’t draft him. I really doubt he ever makes much of an impact.

        • Nolan

          Well actually Taylor had a unsucessful ACL surgery and was out because of that he just got it re scoped a few days ago again.

          • Conor Cahill

            Yeesh well thats even worse. Now hes missed 2 straight years AND is going to be rehabbing all off-season again.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Two straight years? He only missed last season from the ACL. He was just a backup his rookie season I think. He didn’t miss time there because of injuries, right?

          • Conor Cahill

            from chargers.com: “Taylor also earned his first NFL start on Dec. 23 against the New York Jets, but the rookie suffered a severe knee injury in the game and he finished the year on the “Reserve-Injured” list.” So I guess he didn’t miss the ENTIRE rookie season, but hes only played in 4 games in 2 years. I loved the dude in college and I thought he could be the guy, but it’s hard to be confident now after the past 2 years.

          • Gunnar Martin

            But still. I was just saying he didn’t miss his rookie season due to injury. Lots of rookies don’t start right away. I still have hope that he’ll turn out to be a solid player in the NFL.

          • Julien Bélair

            maybe he will but right now we should act like he doesn’t exist and if he turns out to be a good player he would only be a pleasant surprise.

  • 619chargers4life

    Just keep the grooming going he will be fine . He doesn’t have that much experience at the position and he is showing out already. If he played SS his whole life I’m sure we wouldn’t even have had the chance to draft him. The kids a beast .

    • Gunnar Martin

      Must be a fast learner if he can do that well after only a few years. Hope that improvement rate continues.

      • 619chargers4life

        Mos def.

  • Derek

    This is a coaching effort look how many in broncos back field are late picks or fully undrafted. This coach developed the Chris Harris that shut keanan Allen Down

  • blu3ny3llow

    Yeah he could very well be the answer…. a lot of ppl are going to knock him cuz he was undrafted but that might make him that much more hungry……. hey look at Seattle about have their roster UDFAs

    • Julien Bélair

      plus he was undrafted because he lacks experience and he was in a small school. Now he can learn from the beard

  • Gunnar Martin

    That’s awesome. So he was a receiver at the time? I hope we give him another shot at the SS starting role. If he doesn’t work out this year, then I’d be perfectly fine with upgrading with a high draft pick in 2015. But his potential is just too good to pass up developing.

    • Julien Bélair

      yep that’s what I believe

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i am assuming he was a wide receiver, but it never specified in the ESPN post.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Hopefully that means he has good hands. He’ll actually catch the ball when he gets the chance. *cough*Jammer*cough*

        • Julien Bélair

          or he doesn’t have good hands and that’s why he is on defence now haha

          • Gunnar Martin

            I think I’ll stick with the theory of “He hits too hard for offense.” LOL

          • Julien Bélair

            Haha it is a better theory

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          hahahaha… hopefully!

    • blu3ny3llow

      He was a running back…I like the fact he tryed stripping the ball a few times at least a couple on that game vs Denver…which I’ve always liked about the Bears n have wondered why Chargers player never really have

    • Augie Baza

      He was a RB at the time.

    • 619chargers4life

      Agreed !!!!!!

  • philiprules

    If he was the first guy in most of the time rather than the second and often delivering more of a blow to his teammate than the opposition, I’d be a little more impressed. But he did seem to improve as the season went on so we shall see.

    I’m not big on drafting a Safety this year, there are too many other needs. Addae is ok back there which at this point is probably good enough. Perhaps Taylor can do something (hoping that his knee just took longer than expected rather than a sucking question) this year to compete or at least be a backup. Maybe (a big maybe) later rounds if a couple of those needs get filled adequately via free agency otherwise I say look to UDFA’s.

  • Guest

    I remeber reading he was a RB in High School. Went to college as rb.

  • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

    We should just Trade up for Taylor Mays, the Bengals don’t even use him they use George ILoka