The Charger's Future At Cornerback

Quentin Jammer's injury seems patched up.

Marcus Gilchrist, the Chargers 2nd round pick from Clemson has played much more than expected for a rookie corner. After Quentin Jammer, the Chargers top cover corner injured his hamstring against Kansas City in week 2, it seemed the Chargers had no choice but to occasionally give up the big play.
Jammer, who has solidified the number one corner position for the last 9 years, does have his downfalls. In his career, he has battled untimely pass interference penalties and dropped interceptions. It is important to note that a majority of these struggles occurred during the first three years of Jammer’s tenure.
Thrown into the fire, Gilchrist has responded. In a short but brilliant sample of play so far, he has proven that locating the ball in the air, tackling, and not getting crucial penalties (knock on wood) are not impossible tasks for a rookie.
With Antoine Cason struggling at times, it was invaluable to find another corner that can play the outside and further provide depth against the league’s toughest receivers. With Norv’s continued support and playmaking ability look for #38 to be on the field more throughout the next couple of games. Not only to provide Jammer with ample rest time, but because he makes the defense better.

Are Gilchrist and Shareece Wright the future starting corners for the Chargers? Where do Cason and Jammer fit into this equation?

October 8, 2011

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