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3 quiet Chargers from the preseason that will make a lot of noise in 2022

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2. Asante Samuel Jr.

There was a lot of talk about the rest of the players in the secondary and not much talk about Asante Samuel Jr. J.C. Jackson had a spotlight on him as the new big signing, Michael Davis was talked about because of his resurgence, Bryce Callahan was talked about because of his impact in camp and the rookies in Ja'Sir Taylor and Deane Leonard were talked about for different reasons.

Not a lot was made out of Samuel's showing in camp or the preseason. That is not to say that anyone doubts the second-year cornerback, there is just so much else going on at the position that Samuel himself was not a major talking point.

Samuel had an interesting rookie season and unfortunately picked up some detractors in the fanbase that do not believe in his ability to play at a high level. Cornerback is undoubtedly the second-hardest position for a rookie to adjust to in the NFL (behind quarterback) and it is not uncommon for rookie corners to struggle as a result.

Mix in the fact that Samuel unfortunately dealt with multiple concussions and could never get in a groove as a result and it is safe to say that he did not play up to the best of his abilities last season. With an entire offseason in the books as well as it being year two in the league and this system, Samuel will be better.

Davis may have excelled during camp and in the preseason but I would not be shocked if Samuel wins the starting job by midseason. And hopefully, it isn't because Davis got hurt or has played really poorly. If everyone can play up to their potential in this Chargers secondary then it will be extremely dangerous.

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