The LA Chargers had one of the most disappointing defenses in the NFL last season as the team battled various injuries and holes on the roster that Brandon Staley's coaching could not overcome. That is why the front office made the defensive side of the ball such a priority in the offseason.
One of the reasons for the defense's struggles was Michael Davis. Davis signed a three-year contract last spring and was expected to step up and be the Bolts' CB1 after a promising 2020 campaign. However, Davis took a big step backward and that is why the team went out and signed J.C. Jackson this offseason.
Davis explained that his struggles last season were due to off-the-field issues and said that he is more focused this year. Davis seemingly was not lying as he played really well in the team's first preseason game against the LA Rams and continues to shine at practice.
In fact, Davis has re-inserted himself into the starting outside cornerback job with Asante Samuel Jr. Many expected the second-year corner to simply win the job during camp and the preseason but it will not be so easy with Davis turning a corner for the Bolts.
Of course, this is just the preseason and camp and Davis has to prove it when the games really matter in just under a month. However, these are extremely positive signs that make the Chargers' defense even more dynamic this season.
Michael Davis turning a corner would make the Chargers' secondary even deadlier next season.
The Chargers are already in a really good spot with the secondary. Derwin James is the captain of the ship and is one of the best in the sport at what he does. Jackson is a true elite CB1 that is going to add a playmaking difference that the team simply did not have last year.
Samuel showed promising signs in his rookie season and should only get better in year two. Bryce Callahan has really shined thus far in camp. Nasir Adderley has made the most of James' hold-in and has taken charge at the safety position. Even the young guys like JT Woods, Mark Webb, Ja'Sir Taylor and Deane Leonard have shown promising signs, albeit being raw.
The Bolts are significantly deeper in the secondary than they were last season and adding a better Davis to the fold would be massive. You simply cannot teach Davis' blend of size and speed and having him comfortable in the Chargers' defense in his second year with Staley is massive.
That would suddenly give the Chargers an above-average second corner option, another outside corner option who could play inside and outside in Samuel and an over-qualified veteran slot corner in Callahan.
With James' ability to move around the defense and better depth at the backend of the roster the Chargers should be in great shape. We already know that the offense will be one of the best in the league and if the defense can be too... watch out.