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LA Chargers: Why Earl Thomas makes sense after Derwin James’ injury

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Earl Thomas #29 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Earl Thomas #29 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Earl Thomas makes sense for the LA Chargers after Derwin James’ injury.

Derwin James‘ meniscus injury during Sunday’s practice was a huge blow to the LA Chargers. While we don’t know the timetable on his injury yet, Ian Rapoport is reporting that either of the two recovery options would see him miss significant time:

The options for Derwin James, pending further medical evaluation: A meniscus trim, which can be 4 or so weeks. Or a full repair, which can be several months. https://t.co/IMdbjeWl1I

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2020

It is worth noting that James suffered a similar injury in his sophomore season at Florida State. That year, he was rumored to come back in five or six weeks, but ultimately never did. James will weigh his recovery options with the medical staff and his representation to find the best plan.

Unfortunately, the Chargers will need to move on without James for at least the first month. There’s a lot of ways they can address the problem. Rayshawn Jenkins moving to strong safety is the likely option. If he moves there, the corresponding move is Nasir Adderley moving up to starting free safety.

That option is preferable for the Chargers in my view over starting rookie safety Alohi Gilman. While he isn’t bad by any means, it’s just tough to put a rookie in that position. The Chargers saw this last year with Roderic Teamer playing significant time after the Adrian Phillips injury.

There are smaller veteran signings like Tony Jefferson, Eric Reid, and Morgan Burnett that could be made. The flashy name that everyone will bring up is Earl Thomas.

Thomas actually makes sense for the Bolts now. Here is why.

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