Chargers Free Agency

Potential Moves to Make after Roster Cuts

By Brian Garcia
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Johnathan Hankins #95 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Johnathan Hankins #95 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 31: Vernon Davis #85 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball while Darian Thompson #27 of the New York Giants attempts to tackle him during the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 31, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 31: Vernon Davis #85 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball while Darian Thompson #27 of the New York Giants attempts to tackle him during the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 31, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Darian Thompson, FS, New York Giants

It would be nice if the Chargers were able to have a true center fielder at the safety position, so they can use Derwin James in his natural position closer to the line of scrimmage knocking heads off and covering big athletic tight ends.

I was completely shocked when I read that Darian Thompson was one of the cuts that the Giants have made, due to the fact that Thompson started 16 games last season.

Thompson has experience playing that single high safety and his coverage skills looked impressive at times, but his playmaking ability wasn’t up to par with his college resume, but it was his rookie year.

He still has time to develop and grow in the NFL. He is a better cover safety than a tackling safety, but we won’t ask him to come down in the box. Although he does have a talent of getting to the quarterback when he is blitzing.

Yes, Thompson is dealing with a hamstring injury which some say caused him to be cut, but when he gets healthy the possibilities are endless.

Thompson has the instincts, the range and a knack for getting to the ball. I don’t think he’ll be an All-Pro anytime soon, but he can be very valuable to this Chargers’ star-studded defense.

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