Jahleel Addae looking to take over the starting safety job

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (37) celebrates after a Denver Broncos fumble during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jahleel Addae wants to be the starting safety for the San Diego Chargers. He wants to take over that starting spot and play next to Eric Weddle this season. If his offseason work and the time share can indicate anything for the position, Addae should have a good chance of taking over that job.

Marcus Gilchrist was the starting safety at the beginning of the year last season, but as the season progressed Addae kept seeing more and more action. Gilchrist was shifted over to the nickel spot and still saw plenty of action, but Addae saw more and more action as well. He was getting some big time snaps at the end of the year and the defense was playing better with his presence in the lineup.

Addae has been working hard this offseason. His instagram feed is littered with videos of him training for the upcoming season. I love the work that he is putting in for the job and love that he is sharing that work with all his fans. He is a workaholic, but I love it.

Addae brought a different presence into the lineup when he started to see action. Gilchrist was barely heard about when he was playing, but Addae came in and was looking to make some noise. He would look to lower a big hit when players came across the middle. He didn’t always land the power blow, but we would see him flying around with his hair flying around on the field as well.

Here is his quote from the UT San Diego on Friday:

“I want to become a starter,” Addae, 24, said. “That’s one of my goals. … Help the team in any way possible. If I don’t get the starting job, it’s not because I’m not going to bust my behind. When I do get my shot to step on the field, I’m going to be ready.”

Addae has been working his tail off and I hope that his work shows on the field when the pads are put on. Any added help to our secondary is needed. I believe Addae will help change the secondary and will make a few game changing plays during the year. He has put in a lot of work and will get his opportunities on the field. Looking forward to see him in action this seasons.