The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the NFL’s most underrated pass defenses heading into this season.
The Chargers selected safety Derwin James with the No. 17 overall pick, while 2014 first-rounder Jason Verrett, who has missed 27 games over the past two seasons, returns to a group that ranked third in yards allowed in 2017.nike nfl jerseys cheap
Recently, head coach Anthony Lynn raved about an undrafted gem that may join the secondary, according to Ricky Henne of Chargers.com.
“It’s hard to tell after one practice, but I was just watching him out there at corner,” Lynn said about Alabama product Tony Brown. “He can play some free safety as well. I thought he did fine. He’s picking up the system. He’s still learning (and) has a lot going on, but he’s a very gifted young man. Very talented. His skill set is off the charts.”
Brown ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he plays with a compact frame at 6’0″ and 198 pounds. If he’s able to shift between cornerback and safety, he’ll be another asset for the Chargers’ deep secondary.nfl jerseys cheap nike
If nothing else, his speed should help him earn an immediate role on special teams.
As New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher puts together a unit to fit his scheme, undrafted players have a clear opportunity to make a strong impression.
Temple product Mike Jones forced turnovers to garner some attention during OTAs last week, per John Schmeelk of the team’s official website:
“Mike Jones had an interception on a Davis Webb pass during half-field passing drills, and then he picked off Kyle Lauletta during the next practice period: red-zone team drills. The interception of Webb came on him breaking on a ball, while the interception of the Lauletta pass came on an overthrow. Jones is a 5’9″ undrafted free-agent rookie cornerback out of Temple and is trying to make the team this offseason.” nfl nike jerseys cheap
Jones didn’t pick off quarterback Eli Manning, but he’s showing an ability to take away the ball and capitalize on mistakes. Forcing turnovers elevates a defensive unit from good to great.
Janoris Jenkins leads the cornerback group. The Giants’ new coaching staff decided to wipe the slate clean with cornerback Eli Apple, who struggled on the field and clashed with safety Landon Collins last year. Pending Williams Gay’s fit,nike nfl jersey cheap Jones could push for a slot position or a role in dime packages.
Regardless, the rookie will earn a roster spot if he continues to break on the ball during practice.cheap nfl jerseys nike