San Diego Chargers Defensive Positional Match-Ups to Watch

By Nick Mansoor
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Steve Williams vs. Richard Marshall vs. Marcus Gilchrist 

I have these three guys going for the #3 cornerback position. This could come down to just Williams vs. Marshall if Pagano wants to keep Ghilly as our backup for Addae permanently. Steve Williams is looking to make a name for himself this year after spending his rookie year on the bench due to a pectoral tear. He looked really solid during the preseason and during camp and was projected to be our #3 CB. He could still snag the job over Marshall and Gilchrist if he impresses the coaches once again.

Richard Marshall was our free agency pickup from Miami last season. He wasn’t too good at all for us. Derek Cox and Richard Marshall were the reasons why we were so terrible last year in the secondary. Marshall will be looking to keep his job in San Diego and to at least be our slot CB, he will be great for depth but I don’t want him becoming anything more than that if he makes the final 53 man roster in 2014.

Marcus Gilchrist will be fighting for a job during the offseason. He struggled when he was transferred to a safety last year. He wasn’t even that great as a slot cornerback either before that. Marcus is definitely sitting in the hot seat in 2014 and needs to play for his life, he might get cut if Richard Marshall or Brandon Ghee outplay him.

Upside: I have the upside in this match-up going to Richard Marshall only because he was able to stay healthy for us, Marshall has nothing more in this match-up except for an upside. Steve Williams will most likely emerge as our #3 CB and Marshall will get bumped down to #4, which should keep him out of most defensive packages. Marshall should only be on the field when there are 4 receivers lined up on offense. Marcus Gilchrist will probably stay as a safety to back up Jahleel Addae and play as a corner only if someone were to get injured.