May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Jason Verrett (TCU) poses for a photo with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number twenty-five overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the San Diego Chargers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Verrett signed his rookie deal to join the team, but he may not be able to get onto the field until the middle of training camp. Verrett had shoulder surgery in March and doesn’t expect to be back in action until July or early AUgust. He could miss some time in training camp and he already is missing some action in OTAs.
Missing a little bit of time during training camp and OTAs will put him at a disadvantage to start off the season. The rookie has a ton to learn already and now he may miss some valuable time on the field.
Verrett is expected to be competing for a starting job on the field, but he will have to put a ton of work in to take that position. Richard Marshall is penciled in at the starting corner job at this time and Marcus Gilchrist currently has the nickel spot. The situation is fluid though. There is a ton of movement that could happen in the secondary and there are a lot of people fighting for those jobs.
Verrett showed that he is a very good player in college. He will have to display that talent to the coaching staff as soon as he steps on the field so that he can get on the field as a starter immediately. Lots of work for the kid to do.