Sep 22, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Marcus Gilchrist (38) during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Third year defensive back, Marcus Gilchrist, is headed into his second full offseason. If you recall, his rookie campaign included the lockout shortened 2011 season.
Gilchrist played college football at Clemson and was a second round draft pick. Although he notched his two interceptions during his rookie year, this season it showed that Gilchrist benefited from having a full offseason prior to 2012.
The improvement in his game became more and more evident as the season progressed. He had very strong showings in the second Denver game and the Pittsburgh contest. He showed that he can be physical at the point of attack and solid in coverage while manning the nickel cornerback position. The second of half of last season was just the beginning of what Gilchrist is capable of doing every Sunday for the forseeable future.
Despite having a new regime in place, I expect Gilchrist to continue to start as the team’s nickel corner. In addition to that, I also expect that he will continue to improve with each and every game.
There have been a few rumors floating around during the offseason that Gilchrist might see some time at safety as well. I would assume that would be in sub packages in passing situations. But you never can tell for sure.
The sky is the limit for Marcus Gilchrist and I can’t wait to see him continue to develop into a solid player for years to come.
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