LA Chargers: “Steal a Player” series – NFC North edition
From the Chicago Bears, the LA Chargers steal…
FS Eddie Jackson
Eddie Jackson would be a perfect fit for the Chargers. Some may say that the Chargers already have a stacked secondary, and that’s somewhat true. However, if there’s one area of the secondary that does concern me, it’s the free safety spot next to Derwin James.
Rayshawn Jenkins was OK when he had to come in and play a larger role last year with injuries to Derwin James and Adrian Phillips very early in the season. Can he play a full season where he’s the starter from the outset? That’s likely going to be the case in 2020 with only Nasir Adderley really behind him on the depth chart.
Adderley could theoretically be the guy, but he didn’t even see the field after injuring his hamstring last year. Jackson would be able to fill in for Phillips pretty seamlessly from day one. He has solid grades in rush defense and pass coverage.
Jackson is able to create turnovers at a high rate. In his three years with Chicago, he’s racked up 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He’s an absolute ballhawk on defense with his coverage ability.
Like with the defensive tackle spot, I’d just feel more comfortable in the secondary with an established free safety. Adderley or Jenkins probably both have the potential to start eventually, but it would be taking a risk in 2020.
Bakhtiari and Bulaga is too good of a combo to pass up at the tackle spots, especially with the chemistry and experience they already have. Jones is an athletic receiver with great body control and speed that would complement the wideouts that the Chargers have already.
Pierce is a great bull rusher to stick next to Joseph and Jackson would be a great established piece after Adrian Phillips vacated the free safety position.
Which players would you take from each team in the NFC North to solidify the LA Chargers’ roster? Let us know who you’d pick in the comments below.