Chargers: Key defensive players, continued
Players to watch for: Linebacker Kyzir White, safety Adrian Phillips
Kyzir White looks to get a chance to show what he can do this season, after playing only three games in his rookie campaign after suffering a knee injury. However, in those games we did manage to see a linebacker capable of making plays all over the field. White could be the best player in a solid linebacker corps by seasons end if given his chance, and we can look for him to be all over the field doing whatever he can to make an impact when on the field. We should certainly look for White to be a breakout player on the defense this season, and we should be just as excited if not even more for his return as he is.
Although the injury to what may be the league’s top safety in Derwin James may seem terrible for a Chargers team with Super Bowl goals this season, the player covering for him while he gets healthy is a player who may further prove himself. Adrian Phillips is coming off of a Pro-Bowl and First-Team All-Pro year and is now stepping in at safety full-time to replace James for what looks to be a big portion of the season. While he may not be the player James is, he is certainly no player for opposing teams to overlook. Phillips made plays all over the field at many different positions all season long and was a crucial piece for the Bolts in their best season in quite some time. Look for him to take full advantage of his role in the defense once again this year, and be a crucial piece in what should be one of the top defenses in the NFL.