There was a lot of hype for Nasir Adderley coming into this year. The former Delaware star was amazing at college, but the results have been disappointing in the NFL to this point.
In fairness to Adderley, this is basically his rookie year. A hamstring injury prevented him from seeing the field in 2019.
While he can improve next year with a full offseason, it is concerning to see him not quite grasp what is supposed to be the easy stuff. I’m not expecting him to create tons of turnovers or even play lockdown coverage. The angles he takes on tackles and how late he usually is to the ball are huge concerns with his 2020 play.
Adderley’s underwhelming play so far also puts the Chargers in a tough position relative to free agency. They may not want to pay Rayshawn Jenkins, but they might have to. I think the Chargers had hoped to pair Derwin James with Adderley this year, but that didn’t work out.
Like with Tillery or Kelley, 2021 offseason development is what I hope happens with Adderley. These last four games could prove to be pivotal to what exactly his role is going forward though.
Adderley’s play and growth will ultimately determine how long the Chargers want to keep safeties like Jenkins on the roster. Hopefully, there’s a spark for #24 sooner rather than later.