San Diego Chargers Jahleel Addae Became a Safety After He Pancaked a Linebacker in Practice

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) and safety Jahleel Addae (37) 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

San Diego Chargers S Jahleel Addae joined the Central Michigan Chippewas as an offensive player. That all changed as soon as he pancaked a linebacker on a running play during practice, per Eric Williams. That is the type of player that Addae is. Addae is someone that loves to lay the smack down. He wants to make the big hit.  He did it as an offensive player and he is doing it as a defensive player. It seems that the move to the defense has worked out for Addae.

Addae started out the year for the Chargers as mostly a special teams player and by the end of the season he was playing a majority of the snaps on defense. He still has a lot of room to grow, but we all know that he is looking for the big hit any time he can get near the ball carrier. He flies in recklessly looking to jar the ball loose and make a big play. Against the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, he forced a huge fumble and laid down a few big hits (some knocked out his own teammates).

Addae could be the answer to the problems that we have had at the safety position. He will get the opportunity to play more next season and could be the main man. He has come a long way from the player that went undrafted last season.

Is Addae the answer for the Chargers at safety?