Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) is chased down by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget (94) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Two of San Diego Chargers youngsters have been selected by NFL.com to “make the leap” this season. Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget are listed as number 6 and 7 on Gregg Rosenthal’s list.
I will have to disagree with Corey Liuget for being on this list. He already has made the leap. He already is one of the best in the league, but doesn’t get the accolades around the league yet. Just watch the kid play and what he has done. he is a machine and makes plays all over the field. He is J.J. Watt for the Chargers. This will be the season that people will actually notice him.
Reyes still has things to prove, but he will get the opportunity this year to make some big things happen. He has the potential to be great. He has to get the job done and “make the leap.”
Here is Rosenthal’s conclusion:
Liuget and Reyes are at different stages of their development. Liuget has already made the leap to a high quality starter that could have been considered for a Pro Bowl last year. He can take the next step to become the unquestioned best player on his defense over Eric Weddle and one of the best young defenders in the AFC.
Reyes is trying to get to Liuget’s level from 2012. Reyes’ quest includes handling more snaps and defending the run better.
The Chargers defense will go as these two potential stars go. If they live up to their potential, San Diego will be very difficult to handle.
Both Reyes and Liuget will be counted on to carry this defense. They will need to occupy blockers while still making plays. They will still be asked to knock down passes and rush the quarterback. If they can provide pressure, then this defense will be a strength for us this season. They need to be standouts for us.