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Los Angeles Chargers Options for Safety Tandems

By Brian Garcia
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jahleel Addae #37 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves his hands during the second half of a game against the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center on September 17, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jahleel Addae #37 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves his hands during the second half of a game against the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center on September 17, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams #24, Rayshawn Jenkins #25, Adrian Phillips #31, Casey Hayward #26, Jahleel Addae #37, Jatavis Brown #57, and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams #24, Rayshawn Jenkins #25, Adrian Phillips #31, Casey Hayward #26, Jahleel Addae #37, Jatavis Brown #57, and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Derwin James and Rayshawn Jenkins (Monster Safety Package)

The last safety package that I am going to talk about is the one that I drool over. Over the summer the coaches had these hammer heads try to learn the free safety position. I believe it was so the coaches can put these two monsters on the field at the same time.

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As I said in the previous section, James is a placeholder at free safety, but he is our starting strong safety of the future. He has everything you want in a strong safety, the size to be able to hold his own in the box, the athleticism to be able to cover mismatches with ease, the instincts to read and react to make the play and the tenacity to set the tone on defense.

Derwin is going to be our ace in the hole for years to come. With Rayshawn we just have a true thumper that wants to hit anything and everything just to make the highlight tapes. Of course as a casual fan, those are the type of players you want to see every Sunday, but for coaches these are the type of players that can lose the game for you.

Jenkins is known to have mental lapses in judgment and has questionable penalties. I feel like with the coaching staff trying to have Jenkins learn a new position, they are trying to make him play with more discipline and I feel like his upside can be a more athletic and stronger Addae, which can be a plus if the coaches can get him to play with more discipline.

Having James and Jenkins being interchangeable while they’re on thee field at the same time means this can be the safety package that has opposing offensive coordinators staying up at night.

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