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Does Quentin Jammer Have Any Gas Left In The Tank?

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (17) is pursued by San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) on a 78-yard reception at the Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Does Quentin Jammer have anything left? It is a question that a lot of Chargers fans have going into the season.

Some of his struggles from last season were due to the lack of pass rush. Some struggles were due to the baggage he had to carry off the field while going through a divorce. Some of those struggles may have been due to age. Jammer just turned 33 years old last month and concerns are rising on if he is still able to be a cover corner in the league.

There is a lot of noise from Chargers fans to convert him into a strong safety. He is a big hitter and seems to posses the attributes of a good safety. He wouldn’t have to run stride for stride with the speedy receivers and you could keep his experience on the field. The fans may want it, but Coach Norv Turner feels otherwise. He has repeated over and over that Jammer is a corner in this league.

Last season, Jammer finished with one of his worst seasons of his career. He struggled particularly against speedy receivers like Oakland WR Denarius Moore. They beat him on deep passes and they made him look old and slow on the field. It was a struggle to watch teams complete long passes on him.

We need a bounce back year this season. The added muscle up front of Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson should be helpful. If coach Pagano runs a new defensive scheme that likes to put pressure on the quarterback, that will also help. The defensive unit should be much stronger this season, but it will not hide Jammer if he has lost a step. Teams will be sure to test out Jammer and he will have to step up to the challenge.

We need Jammer to dip into the fountain of youth in order to give us some confidence. This is a big year for the defense and he will be one of the guys to pay close attention to. If he stumbles out of the blocks, then the youngsters, Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright, will be nipping at his heels for playing time.