Derek Cox Back Practicing With The Ones

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (84) runs up the field past San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22) and free safety Eric Weddle (32) during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers CB Derek Cox was back practicing with the starters today, because who else do we have on the roster that could start? Cox has been benched in each of the last couple of games for not performing up to his expectations, but he still is getting the reps as a starter for the team.

It has been painful watching him at times. He has given up huge plays and he doesn’t like to get physical and tackle people. He has been a bad signing for the team in the offseason.

He was expected to be a solid player in the secondary as long as he was healthy. He has been healthy the whole season, but has not been anywhere near solid for the defense. He doesn’t have much competition for the starting job though. Johnny Patrick and Richard Marshall are the best options to start at corner, but they are just as reliable as Cox. Maybe worse.