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Top five Chargers playmakers heading into the 2022 season

In 2018, during his stellar rookie season, safety Derwin James bellows at the night sky in a game against Kansas City.
In 2018, during his stellar rookie season, safety Derwin James bellows at the night sky in a game against Kansas City. / David Eulitt/GettyImages
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Mike Williams, J.C. Jackson
A stout defender, J.C. Jackson should be a big addition for the Bolts secondary next season. He accrued 17 interceptions over the last two years. / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages

3. J.C. Jackson

Along with quarterback, the left tackle position, and a premier pass-rusher, having a lock-down corner is a huge boost in the NFL. Not since the not-so-distant days of Casey Hayward have the Chargers featured an All-Pro player like Jackson at cornerback.

Sure, they had Chris Harris Jr. during his twilight years, but Jackson is entering his prime. The 26-year-old is coming off a second-team All-Pro season and will be reuniting with fellow Floridian Derwin James in the Bolts' secondary. After accruing eight interceptions in 2020 and nine in 2021, Jackson is the league leader over that timespan with 17 picks.

Jackson’s role in the secondary this season will fill the spiritual spot that Jalen Ramsey held while head coach Brandon Staley was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. The four-year player is hitting his stride at the right time for the Bolts who are looking for new ways to generate takeaways.

A tough player, Jackson also accounted for 58 combined tackles last season as a member of the Patriots. His run support prowess will be counted on frequently for a Chargers unit that needs to shore up its run defense. If Jackson can hold the same kind of role that Ramsey has with the Rams, then the Chargers will have made a slam dunk free agency pick

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