LA Chargers: 4 starters with the most to prove in first preseason game vs. Rams

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Nasir Adderley
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4. Nasir Adderley

Nasir Adderley was one of the players that Brandon Staley specifically said would start and it makes sense as to why that is the case. Adderley is young, entering his third year in the league, and has a lot to prove outside of practice as well.

Adderley's career has not been as good as any of us could have expected it to be. Adderley was hurt his first season of work and was awful in Gus Bradley's defense in his sophomore season in 2020.

Things have not really gone his way and the hope is that with a new defensive scheme in place Adderley can reach the heights that Charger fans envisioned when he was drafted in the second round.

This first preseason game will give us our first taste of what Adderley can do this season. We cannot take it to the bank either way, though. If he is good that is not a guarantee that he is going to be much better this season and if he is bad that does not mean he is guaranteed to be bad.

He is still going to be playing without Derwin James alongside him and that obviously changes a lot.

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That being said, it would obviously be much better if Adderley had a great showing in this first preseason game as it would make every fan feel more confident that the first two years of his career were more a product of bad luck and a bad situation than anything else.