Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (37) tackled Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball 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

Will Jahleel Addae lock down the starting job?


There is a lot to like about young safety Jahleel Addae in the Chargers secondary. The kid is constantly working. He is working to be the best in the league and shares his workout plans all over social media. If anything, he knows the right way to use social media!

Addae is working to be the starting safety next to Eric Weddle. He still needs to win the job out of training camp against Marcus Gilchrist. A lot of fans already have written his name down in ink at the position though. He has the fans buzzing.

He made his presence felt toward the end of last season and will want to step onto the field in training camp and make an impact. There has been a black hole next to Weddle for a long time. Players would step into that starting role, but were never able to hold onto the job or make an impact. We need someone to step up and make plays at that position.

Addae showed potential. He brought a physical nature to the defense when he was on the field. He brought an intimidation factor onto the defense. There were times that he played out of control and made hits on his own teammates though. Hopefully he will learn to get himself under control.

He is hungry and is always looking for the big hit or for the turnover. It is a great mindset to have on the defense. If he is able to step in and make plays, it could allow the star player on the defense, Eric Weddle, to roam around a little more to get that football.

After a whole offseason of work to prepare for the year, the expectations from the fans are high. Will he be able to fill that black hole next to Weddle? Can he lock down that safety spot for years to come?

Tags: Jahleel Addae San Diego Chargers

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    He can consistently make good plays, so as long as he stays healthy I expect good things from this kid.

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

    Here are some scenarios.

    A) Addae wins the start – Gilchrist benchwarms.

    B) Gilchrist starts -Addae benchwarms

    C) Addae starts – Gilchrist plays slot CB – Williams / Verrett / Marshall / Ghee benchwarm

    D) Addae starts – Gilchrist plays slot – Williams / Wright / Marshall / Ghee benchwarm

    E) Gilchrist gets cut..

    What do y’all think will happen? Any other scenarios?

    • Calman21

      Addae takes out Gilchrist while they are practicing…Addae starts…Gilchrist watches from the hospital.

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

        Yikes… I hope not… they could both end up in the hospital, the way Addae hits.

        • Calman21

          I don’t think he will take out anyone….he is likely to be more careful this year. I am sure he was talked to. I just figured I would throw that scenario in their considering how many people he unintentionally injured last year. I like the way he plays though; love the heart and commitment.

    • Sergio Quintero

      A, with a definite chance of E happening as well, Addae outplayed Gilchrist at Safety, and I think the chargers want to get Verrett on the field somehow, I think Verrett should be a better a slot corner than Gilchrist right now, skill set is ideal and he played a whole lot of it in college.

      So if Gilchrist is going to be the backup everything then there is a chance he gets cut.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i dont know if they cut gilchrist this season… the depth at safety isnt the greatest… we have stuckey and undrafted free agent darby. gilchrist can play multiple spots and likely valuable for that reason.

        • Sergio Quintero

          90% chance he stays, but I think he backups at SS & Slot corner, but I’m still waiting for much more that I don’t think we will ever see.

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

            Just wondering if they have the heart to make him a double back up. They tend to be soft when it comes to downgrading their vets.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Sure took them a long time to bench Cox, I’m hoping if Addae wins the position, he gets to start and not same soft protect the veterans feelings crap, same goes for Clary vs. Watt.

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

            I like Addae as an underdog player.. I like his gusto, and work ethic… I have just seen such a small sample size, that I am not ready to anoint him as the starter, like everyone else. He is only in year two, with minimal experience, ya know?

            Had Cox not been benched, and Williams not gotten hurt .. Gilly would have been the starter all year. I know people like the way Addae played with aggression… but that some aggression also took out two of our starters in the most important game of the year. He’s still green, and still has a lot to learn about the position, and coverages. Gilchrist has more experience, and people forget it was his first year too… even if he was awful… which he was.

            Regardless of whether the fans like him, the team already has two slot CB’s in Williams, and Verrett, that fans want on the field a lot. So Gilchrist starting in the slot seems crowded. Not to mention, they went out and drafted Verrett, who I will assume they will start in the slot (if he is healthy), with Williams backing him up. Jettisoning Williams seems premature…

            So,, I guess what I’m getting at is with the shortage of safety depth, Gilchrist probably won’t be cut, unless Darby has a GREAT preseason. Since they thought Gilchrist was the best option at safety before Cox got benched.. do they now suddenly think Addae is that much better… enough of an upgrade to bench Gilly? I know the fans do… but, does management? Based on what they saw at the end of the season?

            Couple that with their “softness” approach to their vets, and it’s hard to say that they will definitely start Addae. Addae isn’t going anywhere, remember… and Gilly is probably gone after his contract is up this season. Fans might be disappointed when they start Gilchrist, and just give Addae “more snaps”. It reminds me of when Lynch played well at the end of the year, and fans were anointing him the starter. He was cut, picked up by Tennessee, and (I believe) he’s out of the league. Obviously, Addae won’t be cut, but will they start him? They never should have started (or stuck with) Gilchrist to begin with… but, they stood by that crap, and didn’t even blink in the direction of fixing it. Will they now?

          • Sergio Quintero

            Much like Clary situation if its an open competition the younger player should win, but veterans tend to start when its even a little close. There will be quite a few articles through the preseason on how willing the coaching staff/F.O. feels about switching to Addae & Watt.

            Till then I’m clear in my position that I want Addae & Watt to start ahead of the veterans.

            As much as an upgrade that Addae might be, he’s at best a middle of the road, to slightly above average Safety, so clearly I’m not expecting the world from the guy.

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

            Its not like Gilchrist is old, and as awful as Clary.

            I’ll give them both this.. Addae & Gilchrist both stayed healthy for 16. But, I thought Gilchrist was awful, and he had 70+ tackles, 2 INT’s, a sack, and 5 passes defensed. Addae only had 30+ tackles, one sack, and 3 passes defensed.. no INT’s.

            OK… we can say that Gilly had more playing time, and Addae would have come up with two INT’s, 40 more tackles, and at least two more passes defensed. But, who knows?.. maybe he would have gotten hurt, played awful, or will get hurt.

            TT is about production, and Gilchrist produced… at two different positions. There are some hidden stats there too. I saw Gilly getting some hurries… and he didn’t clobber his own players. Didn’t Addae knock out Ingram and Gilly (Ironically)? Can’t remember.

            I’m not a start guy, and you know that. But, TT might be.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Have to admit haven’t rewatched the Denver game, so I can’t remember if he knocked somebody out, I do know he had something like 8-9 tackles in that game as well.

            I’m sure Addae & Gilchrist will be in open competition and everybody on the page will have an opinion on who should start.

            In terms of Addae’s production for 2014 as a full time starter in 16 games, put me down for 80 tackles, 2 Int’s, 2 sacks.

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

            That would be saying that he is pretty much pro bowl bound… that’s what Vaccarro, Smith, and Barron put up this season. Maybe TT is THAT much of a genius. Cone to think of it… maybe he is… even if Addae put those numbers up, he would be basically putting up the same exact numbers as Gilchrist this season, and it was.his first year at the position, and he’s actually a CB. Maybe having Gilly back there is as good as a first round safety then?

            If that’s the case, why not keep Gilxhrist… he is putting up the same numbers as high round draft picks from last season. Why put in Addae to make Gilchrist’s numbers from last year? That wouldn’t be an improvement.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Weddle had over 100 tackles if I remember right and was the leading tackler, 80 tackles is 5 per game, that isn’t much to ask for if you play all 16 games, lets remember Kuechly had over 200 tackles.

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

            Not sure I catch your drift…

          • Sergio Quintero

            Setting goals at a reasonable level, Addea seems to be a rather more willing tackler and seems to have a little better instincts than Gilchrist, 80 tackles seems reasonable expectation for a Safety who should see most his action at around the box.

            In terms of Gilchrist he had 59 tackles (pro football reference) so call it a 20 tackle improvement, hardly getting a pro bowler but you’re going from a slightly below average guy to an average to slightly above average guy.

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

            You are leaving out the 18 assisted tackles that Gilchrist had. Just because someone helped him, doesn’t mean he wasn’t willing. It depends on where the ball is, what position you are in, and who else happens to be homing in on the ball carrier at the same time. Because two players tackle the same guy at the same time doesn’t mean he wasn’t tackling. Also, Waddle is a bad example, because he was out of position half the time, and not always put in the traditional safety spot where tackles are usually made for a safety And, Weddle had 115 tackles, if you count assists… which I do, personally.

            I dunno.. maybe they were garbage tackles… you’d have to go back and watch the games. I have, and I don’t remember tackling being Gilchrist’s biggest problem. It was coverage. And he did better than Addae in coverage, about the same in tackling.. factoring in playing time.

          • BoltNative

            Just curious, how do you rate Gilchrist’s outside CB capability?

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

            Gosh… is been a minute since he’s played outside. I remember Norv tried him on the outside, during that time when Cason kept getting torched… I think it was after the KC game, where Berry scored three TD’s on Cason, and Plaxico. Burress also scored a hat-trick on him in that awful Jets game.
            Anyway, Gilxhrist got his chance on the outside, and had a rough go of it. He had a couple decent moments… but, in the end, they decided to take their chances with Cason again.. if memory serves, that is what happened. I believe Norv tried out any CB with a pulse on the outside that season.. Lol.
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          • BoltNative

            I see. I ask because I think Gilchrist should stay because of his versatility but would prefer that Verrett and/or Williams gets a real shot at the slot position. We’ll see how this all plays out.

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

            I hear ya… at some point, they need to stop effing around with guys like Gilly. We need him now, because we were too thin at other positions, and we needed to address them fast. But, versatility isn’t a good thing If you are terrible at every position you play… even if you get 16 games out of it.

            Contrary to popular homer belief… Gilly isn’t that good at slot CB, either. Nor is he good at strong safety. He’s below average at any position, when on the field. Same with Clary. Ain’t nobody got time for that… lol.

            I dunno… maybe he just needed a year to acclimate to a new position. I’m just not sure Addae is that much better, quite honestly.. he’s just younger, and less experienced with coverages. In some ways… I expect Gilchrist to make a bigger leap than Addae. Maybe Arnie will shed light on that with his “camp report” article. ; )

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

          It would seem unlikely, unless they somehow have a strong safety they can’t pass on randomly drop into their lap, a la Brandon flowers style… or Darby beasts out.. not holding my breath on ether.

    • tubbs45

      A or F = Ghee gets cut. I see either gilcrest or ghee not making the final roster… The on thing that really scares me with Addae is the pounding he both delivers and gets… Sure is fun to watch him drop the hammer and level fools!!!

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

        Couldn’t agree more.

    • Derek

      I think the real battle will be between gilcrist and Williams and verrett for slot opportunities. I think gee will beat Marshall for back up outside cb.

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

        It’s very possible. He will have to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that he’s better than Marshall. It’s Marshall’s spot to lose, in a way. TT knows Marshall can start on the outside, if it comes down to it. Ghee is still a question mark, with an injury history, and is new to the scheme. He will have show that he can grasp the playbook quickly. If he does that, and is an obvious upgrade talent-wise.. he can absolutely replace Marshall. I can’t wait to see how the guy does.

        • Derek

          I think even with experience Marshall is gonna be the same cb that doesn’t give up big plays. You can walk ur team down the field on him with comebacks and posts. All gee has to show is durability and acceleration.

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

            So, you have seen enough of Ghee’s NFL footage to know that he can shut down comebacks and posts Better than Marshall?

          • Derek

            ……. Lol

    • diomar espinal

      hopefully addae starts and williams or verret and ghee battle for slot position. I know people liked Marshall but he was only a stop gap player and in all honesty he wasnt good he was just better then the other guy. Id much prefer us to keep up the trend telesco has introduced with the more athletic players. As far as gilcrest goes, i thought he was real solid at slot corner but he was awful at safety. He routinely made his corners look bad by never helping or just not being aware of what was going on. At the same time our depth at the safety spots is real thin so its going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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

        Marshall wasn’t great, but he was decent, and he’s experienced. But, he was also on a brand new team. We really don’t know what we have with Ghee, Williams, or even Verrett. College is college, and camp is camp. We saw a little bit of Williams last preseason, but it was against backups. It will be interesting to see how preseason pans out.

        Tom Telesco already knows what he has in Marshall, and knows that he can start on the outside in a pinch. At this point, I can’t say that about Williams, Verrett, or Ghee. Ghee also had an injury history. I think Marshall probably stays.

        Remember… Shareece Wright has spent some games injured himself. I think Verrett will be the starter soon, but with that shoulder, I bet they take it slow with him. Consider Marshall an insurance policy, for the time being. Who knows? He may be better this year. He had some good moments last season.. he has a year under his belt in Pagano’s scheme, too.

    • powderBLUE801

      Addae starts and Gilchrist is his back up. With Verrett in the slot and Williams subbing in and Ghee and Marshal backing up Flowers and Wright. That’s the way I see it and hope they all stay healthy and I hope they all play. This is the first time I have been excited about our secondary since Crow was drafted.

  • Cgoodness13

    I hope he wins it, he’s a true SS and flys around the field

  • Jose Aguilar

    Just feels good we actually have something good to converse with this position. .. longtime coming! Best player that wins it has my full support.

  • Killerpj

    In a word…….YES