Although his early career has had some setbacks it is safe to say the San Diego Chargers have a very powerful weapon in Jason Verrett on defense. After watching a healthy Verrett lock up the most productive wide receiver in the NFL last Monday Night in Antonio Brown you can’t help but think we’ll be hearing is name amongst the NFL’s elite corner backs for a long time.
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The 5’10, 189 lb cornerback plays likes he’s a giant. Our former 25th overall selection in 2014 is finally starting to get himself acclimated to the NFL game after being hampered with injuries in his early career. GM Tom Telasco drafted Verrett in hopes that he can be the shut down corner we have needed for quite some time. Some scouts had him ranked as a top 15 pick and one of the top corners in the draft. His strenths per NFL scouts was Verrett is “Quick, twitchy and explosive popping out of his pedal. Good eyes, anticipation and footwork. Very feisty and athletic. Outstanding instincts. Superb reactive quickness and recovery speed. Very good ball skills — consistently makes plays on the ball. Very willing in run support and plays bigger than his size.” We have seen glimpses of this throughout his limited playing time. In his rookie season we saw him make a game saving interception against Oakland and locked up future hall of famer Larry Fitzgerald last year on opening day on Monday Night Football. This season we have seen him limit Calvin Johnson to one catch and limit the very dangerous Antonio Brown to 45 yards with his instinct and footwork to stay with one of the best route runners in the game. In the last two years Brown is number one out of every other receiver in football in yards and receptions. Verrett has all the tools to be a star in this league and we’re finally witnessing the start to something special.
The second year player out of Texas Christian University is making former Chargers great and former TCU Horn Frog Ladainian Tomlinson very proud. This is only the beginning of a very bright future for Jason Verrett. Verrett and the always competitive Philip Rivers battle it out in practice everyday and they make each other better because Verrett goes full speed every play and has earned praise from the beginning of training camp from Rivers.
If Brandon Flowers and Verrett can lock down wide receivers the way they are capable of that will allow defensive coordinator John Pagano to take more risks defensive play calling. Knowing they have two shut down corners they can cut Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu loose on the outside and blitz and be more aggressive on defense. The Chargers re-signed the former pro bowl corner back Flowers to a multi-year deal. Flowers wanted to sign long term primarily because of the young buck Jason Verrett. They became very close and want to do great things together.