Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (37) celebrates after a Denver Broncos fumble during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jahleel Addae looking to take over the starting safety job


Jahleel Addae wants to be the starting safety for the San Diego Chargers. He wants to take over that starting spot and play next to Eric Weddle this season. If his offseason work and the time share can indicate anything for the position, Addae should have a good chance of taking over that job.

Marcus Gilchrist was the starting safety at the beginning of the year last season, but as the season progressed Addae kept seeing more and more action. Gilchrist was shifted over to the nickel spot and still saw plenty of action, but Addae saw more and more action as well. He was getting some big time snaps at the end of the year and the defense was playing better with his presence in the lineup.

Addae has been working hard this offseason. His instagram feed is littered with videos of him training for the upcoming season. I love the work that he is putting in for the job and love that he is sharing that work with all his fans. He is a workaholic, but I love it.

Addae brought a different presence into the lineup when he started to see action. Gilchrist was barely heard about when he was playing, but Addae came in and was looking to make some noise. He would look to lower a big hit when players came across the middle. He didn’t always land the power blow, but we would see him flying around with his hair flying around on the field as well.

Here is his quote from the UT San Diego on Friday:

“I want to become a starter,” Addae, 24, said. “That’s one of my goals. … Help the team in any way possible. If I don’t get the starting job, it’s not because I’m not going to bust my behind. When I do get my shot to step on the field, I’m going to be ready.”

Addae has been working his tail off and I hope that his work shows on the field when the pads are put on. Any added help to our secondary is needed. I believe Addae will help change the secondary and will make a few game changing plays during the year. He has put in a lot of work and will get his opportunities on the field. Looking forward to see him in action this seasons.

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  • tubbs45

    I would love it if he works out really well this season. we’ve needed another safety to work with Weddle. I hope he continues down the path he was on there towards the end of the season. love his tackling ‘big hit’ mentality!
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  • Nick619chargers4life

    He will be the starter if healthy. I saw it coming a mile away and I’m sticking to it.

    • BlueBoltFan

      I’m with you on this. He just has the “want to” to get it done. And like Ernie said he brings the hammer.

  • Will

    he should be the starter. gilchrist should be the nickel where hes at his best. and thats what gilchrists role should be. hes an average corner and an average safety, but hes amazing at nickel and one of the best in the league at that. do you guys remember the second broncos game? he was a beast at nickel. and jahleels just as good if not a better SS. verrett needs to play on the outside. his lack of height is made up for by his ridiculous vertical jump (which was better than any CB in the draft).

  • Rob Base

    The dude has a passion for the game we’ve seen him working all off season. I think the SS curse is lifted . Addae will wear 37 with pride and I’m sure Harrison approves.

    • Augie Baza

      Yes….. loved that 37 back in the day and stoked Addae is wearing that 37. Harrison was the business with those big hits on the field. Tell you the truth my favorite player on D during that time. Right now Addae is really impressing me and he actually had a better rookie season than Harrison. I am not saying Addae is better than Harrison, but there is so much pontential there. Looking forward to see what he will bring to the Chargers for years to come.

  • RZ

    It’s his to Lose…and he won’t,unless he’s injured…knock on wood.

  • Scott Lee Miller

    I would be surprised if someone other than Addae starts with Weddle. Just think about how he handled himself as a undrafted rookie. This kid is for real and he’s proving it this offseason..

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I have a hard time seeing Gilchrist beating out Addae. Addae came in with a chip on his shoulder looking to prove that he belonged, and I think he more than proved it. With a full season under his belt, I’m betting he’s only better this year.

    • tonyloc1970 .

      I just hope it’s the other teams players he knocks out. Lol…

  • Julien Bélair

    Addae is the Malcom Floyd of the defence. He is our new UDFA that will be very good in the NFL

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

      Huh? In what way?

      • Julien Bélair

        He is our new UDFA that will be very good in the NFL

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

          Oh… got it. He could be the new Gates too. He should be a lock. If he can’t beat out a safety as awful as Gilchrist was for the day one starting position, then he is not our guy.

          • Julien Bélair

            Ya but I thought that saying he is the new gates was a bit intense…. Gates is a future HOF. Floyd is a hard working great leader guy… but only a number 2 receiver not a top player. I thought it was more fair to compare to Floyd because of that.

            haha ya…. I mean even Taylor should beeat out Gilchrist.

            BTW Gilchrist is in his contract year

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

            Personally, I think saying either is intense, lol.. but I have always been a huge Floyd fan. Isn’t he our #1 receiver still? Anyway… what do you think the cornerback line up will end up being? Obviously, Wright & Verrett will be #1 & #2.. what about from there? Who do you think will get cut?

          • Julien Bélair

            Gilchrist will make the team for sure..Williams too. All others could get cut. Right I would say that Ghee and Davis will make the team.

            The Nickel job will be Gilchrist for this year but Williams will see a lot of playing time also.

            For now that’s how I see it

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

            Makes sense.

          • Julien Bélair

            Are you starting to feel more comfortable with our safety situation ?

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

            It depends on what happens with Taylor & Darby, but not really. I just want there to be a good competition, just like any other position on the roster. Two UDFA’s, a guy we already know is garbage, and a complete unknown coming off ACL complications doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Addae should win, but if Gilchrist ends up being his closest competition.. I will be worried.. especially if Addae gets hurt. That would be very difficult to overcome.

          • Julien Bélair

            I agree with you..If Taylor and/or Addae is healthy I would feel pretty good about the SS situation

          • tubbs45

            Heard the Gilchest was getting some shots at a return job this year for either KR or PR…

          • Julien Bélair

            ??? haha funny I never though he could do it…. he seems to lack speed elusivess agility vision etc for the job

          • afroamongfew

            I think Floyd is a more apt “goal” for Addae. Gates is a once-in-a-generation level prospect that we ABSOLUTELY lucked out on getting. Getting compared to him is a significantly difficult “achievement” to try and strive for, IMO.

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

            I think people are a little too high on Addae, personally. I’m not sure he is going to be a starter in the league as long as Floyd has. Nor do O think he will have the same impact. Maybe, But I doubt it. In fact, the only reason he even had a shot at being a starter is because Taylor got hurt, Gilchrist just plain sucks. Telesco clearly doesn’t value the safety position, our he would take more action. If I had to compare Addae’s journey to another player’s path (at this point) it would be Atari Bigby. He may start, due to lack of depth, will probably get hurt a lot due to his hard hitting style vs. his small frame. Will be signed by another team at some point, but won’t be in the league 5 years from now. As always, I could be wrong, but I’m just not seeing the talent others are hoping for from him. Not trying be a Debbie Downer, but I think folks are in for a big disappointment on this one.

  • tonyloc1970 .

    The D is going to be a reckoning this year!

    • Julien Bélair

      average seems to be the floor and top 10 the ceiling

      • tonyloc1970 .

        I can’t wait to see Added and Waddle lighting people up.

        • Julien Bélair

          I hope that we will be able to let Weddle play FS and not OLB

          • arnie

            actually if they play as well as they did at the end of the season, Weddle is going to shine. Weddle is to the defense, what Rivers is for the offense, give them both some help and they’ll do their thing.

  • chris01

    Whats his instagram? Btw

    • Augie Baza

      hitman37

  • Julien Bélair

    Shareece Wright is in his contract year….. I wonder what will we do if he plays very good football this season..

  • Nick Lee

    Weddle and Addae roaming the back end of the secondary. I like that a lot.

  • arnie

    If Addae can stop taking out his “own team mates” than I have no problem with him being the starter…..

    • RZ

      Yeah I wouldn’t want him to “Shareece Wright” anybody either.

      • arnie

        LOL between those two the Chargers lost 4 players to injury.

  • Cgoodness13

    Just think Wright needs to do something with his hair and facial hair to match Weddle, Addae, and Verret. Plus we need to nickname that group

  • afroamongfew

    Let’s see if he takes a significant step forward this year. Have to keep in mind that the historically bad performance of our secondary last year was due to the play of the corners AND the safeties (even Weddle had setbacks in the level of his play, granted that’s largely because he was asked to do WAY too much, but the poor form tackling really showed). Addae, though not a starter on that unit, nevertheless contributed to it.

    That being said, I can’t really find an area of work that troubles me to the point of wondering whether Addae should start instead of being a situational contributor (which is what I think should happen with Manti Te’o and/or Kendall Reyes if either of them don’t show significant improvement this year) which is good. Do I hope we actually get some good competition in camp for the position? Yeah, but I’m less worried about safety than I am about the linebacking corps, the d-line and the corners. That is a testament to how effective Addae was last year.