Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) scrambles against San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) and San Diego defensive end Jarius Wynn (99) during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Some people are expecting Dwight Freeney to step back on the field to immediately make an impact on defense. He has not been on the field since September last year and a major injury knocked him out of the game. He will need some time to get back to football shape and knock some rust off.
Here is Freeney talking about the rust factor via UT San Diego:
“There’s always time, especially for me,” Freeney, 34, said. “September is a long time ago. That’s the last time I played. Those guys played in January. My last time actually playing football was in September, so I have a lot of rust I’m trying to get off. That’s what this process is about. That’s why you come out here.”
The Chargers would love to have the veteran in the pass rush at full speed. The team did bring in Jerry Attaochu to bring the heat in the NFL Draft, but having the Dwight playing at full speed would bring this defense to another level.
The options at pass rushing on this roster are limited. We still don’t know if Dwight will be 100%. We still have not seen Jerry on the field. We still are waiting to see if Melvin can live up to the potential. Dwight better shake off that rust with the quickness. We need answers to all these question marks. We need a pass rush. The secondary is already better. We need someone to force the action though.