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LA Chargers: Five fun position battles after the NFL Draft

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 18: Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers (center), is pumped after Jenkins intercepted a Patrick Mahomes pass late in the first quarter during an NFL football game on Monday, November 18, 2019, in Mexico City. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 24-17. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 18: Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers (center), is pumped after Jenkins intercepted a Patrick Mahomes pass late in the first quarter during an NFL football game on Monday, November 18, 2019, in Mexico City. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 24-17. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Rayshawn Jenkins and Nasir Adderley — FS

Most of the LA Chargers secondary seems to be locked into place with the one main position battle existing between Rayshawn Jenkins and Nasir Adderley at free safety. Jenkins has more NFL experience and experience in this defense, so he is the favorite right now, but boy is it hard not to get excited about Adderley.

Adderley is someone who I wanted the LA Chargers to draft in the first round in 2019 and he fell all the way to the team in the second. He is a ball-hawking coverage safety that fits in perfectly with this offense and could be a great option to play in a two-deep safety formation, something defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said he wants the team to do more of (h/t Chargers Wire).

The great part about the Chargers’ defense is its flexibility. In the same media availability that he mentioned the two deep safeties, Bradley also said that Jenkins could play safety as well as linebacker alongside Derwin James to help fill the void left behind by Adrian Phillips.

Many Charger fans theorized that Desmond King would take that role, so maybe King is also in the mix to move back to safety in 2020?

Well, it does not appear like it. Bradley said that he can envision Jenkins, Adderley, or even new rookie Alohi Gilman playing free safety next season. Personally, I hope it is Adderley with Jenkins filling that hybrid role in nickel and dime packages.

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