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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 Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The lack of NFL experience for Nasir Adderley

If the LA Chargers make no secondary additions following the injury to James, Adderley is playing a much bigger role than he did last season. Well, I guess that’s not saying a lot given that he didn’t play a snap last season.

The Chargers have very high hopes for Adderley, as do many analysts. Reportedly, he’s stood out at training camp as a potential 2020 breakout candidate. Having to step into being starting free safety two weeks before the season is a lot to ask of someone who hasn’t played an NFL down before.

Think about the situation from Bradley’s perspective here as well. He saw Ken Whisenhunt get the boot last year after the offense was consistently underperforming from week to week. Now, his job might very well ride on a safety who hasn’t played in the regular season before.

Perhaps that sounds dramatic, but things change quickly in the NFL. Underperforming with this unit, even without James, isn’t an option.

There’s no way for me to really know what Bradley wants, but Rapoport’s reporting of the situation makes me think he’s at least thought about it. It would be a very comfortable spot for Thomas and would take some of the pressure off of Adderley as he gets acclimated to the pace of NFL games.

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