The Los Angeles Chargers have activated CB Jason Verrett from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The Chargers’ star cornerback is back.
After starting training camp on the PUP list, Jason Verrett is now cleared to practice.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 4, 2017
According to ESPN.com’s Eric Williams, Verrett only participated in individual drills. Verrett missed all but four games last season after partially tearing his ACL in a Week 4 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
Verrett and 2016 Pro Bowler Casey Hayward form one of the top cornerback tandems in the NFL. The Chargers are also lucky enough to have one of the top pass-rushing duos in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, too. Not only that, but both tandems are young.
Verrett, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015, has a chance to be an elite shutdown corner in the NFL. Going into last season, Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke believed Verrett could be the league’s best cornerback. Through three seasons, Verrett has 19 pass deflections, five interceptions and one defensive touchdown. In NFL Media analyst’s Elliot Harrison’s 2014 draft do-over, Verrett, who was the No. 25 overall pick in the draft, was the first corner taken (20th overall).
It goes to show you how talented the 26-year-old cornerback is. Verrett just needs to stay on the field; he has yet to play a full, 16-game season, missing 24 total games in three years.
Anyway, it’s good to see Verrett back on the playing field. There are question marks surrounding the cornerback position (behind Verrett and Hayward that is). There’s potential with Trevor Williams, Trovon Reed and rookies Desmond King and Michael Davis, but they are unproven.
Overall, the Chargers will have a greater shot at making the playoffs with their No. 1 corner (or co-No. 1 corner, right Hayward?) on the field.