Chargers to have three new starters on the defense

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Post #1 - 15.11.2018 07:27

Some news was dropped about an hour before the Chargers kick off their 2018 campaign regarding the starters on the defensive side of the ball...We knew that Joey Bosa would be out today <a title=\"Color Rush Keenan Allen Jersey\" href=\"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">\">Color Rush Keenan Allen Jersey<a> , and if you were paying attention during the offseason and training camp practices you won’t be surprised to see that Isaac Rochell has been pegged as the starter in the interim. Rochell came in to camp this year notably in better shape and his play has reflected that, with a burst we hadn’t seen last season as well as some additional pass rush ability that I personally didn’t think he was capable of. He was impressive in preseason action, here’s hoping that can transition in to results today and for as long as Bosa is ailing with the foot injury. Derwin James. Pretty sure I won’t be the only one who isn’t surprised to see that he will be getting the start instead of Rayshawn Jenkins as the starting safety opposite Jahleel Addae. This was the safety pairing we saw in the week three preseason matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The discussion of how we classify each of them and the role they play will play itself out as the season goes on, but if the practices I saw are an indicator they will likely have Derwin closer to the line of scrimmage while rotating them from time to time to keep the offense guessing. Starting Derwin is the right move, no matter the role they put him in. You don’t keep someone with that kind of ability off of the field.Kyzir White is the surprise here, for me. Not when you take in to account how good he looked in the preseason, but in reference to expectations of a fourth round selection in the NFL Draft who is changing positions. This move became even more likely when you factor in how Jatavis Brown played last season, and even more recently this year in the preseason. Quite frankly, he hasn’t adjusted well to Gus Bradley’s defense and it’s becoming more obvious each and every game. I was a fan of that selection and how he played in 2016, but Kyzir starting is the right move for this defense.What do you think of these moves? Were they the same direction you would have gone? The Kansas City Chiefs headed into training camp in late July content with a pair of veterans in Daniel Sorensen and Eric Berry as their starting safeties.Now, there\'s a good chance neither will start in their season opener Sunday.Sorensen broke a bone in his lower leg during training camp and had surgery about a month ago, and is starting the season on injured reserve. Berry has been dealing with a heel injury that not only kept him out most of training camp but sidelined him during practice on Wednesday.The exact nature of his injury hasn\'t been disclosed, but Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder put a positive spin on it Wednesday by saying the five-time Pro Bowl selection is \"getting better every day.\"\"We\'ll see if he can practice and we\'ll just go from there,\" Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. \"I want to see what he\'s got, if and when he does that. But then I\'ll make the decision, what I see there.\"Berry may be the only player on the entire Chiefs roster who could conceivably play without having practiced in a month. But even for him, Reid conceded <a title=\"Youth Russell Okung Jersey\" href=\"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">\">Youth Russell Okung Jersey<a> , that would be asking a bit much, especially with the season opener coming on the road against Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.\"If he doesn\'t practice today, which he\'s not, we go with the next man up and they roll. That\'s how we go,\" Reid said. \"We\'re used to that here, just philosophically, at all positions.\"So instead of having a pair of veteran starters in Sorensen and Berry, the Chiefs are poised to start Ron Parker — who was cut by the Falcons last week and re-signed with Kansas City over the weekend — and either Eric Murray or fourth-round draft pick Armani Watts.Parker spent the past four seasons with the Chiefs before signing with Atlanta as a free agent, so he\'s at least familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton\'s scheme. But he admitted it\'s a challenge to get up to speed in such a compressed timeframe for a division rival.\"I\'m just preparing myself like I do any other time. Whatever the coaches ask, whatever they need,\" he said. \"I feel like especially being in Bob\'s system and knowing what\'s going on, that\'s going to maximize my abilities. That\'s the good thing coming back to Kansas City.\"Parker played well his first three seasons with the Chiefs but appeared to take a step back last year, and that\'s part of why he was released. He said a high ankle injury sustained in training camp played a part in that, and that he\'s glad to begin a season healthy again.He just hopes it will be with Berry by his side.\"I\'ve been playing with Eric,\" Parker said, \"so I can just look over there and I don\'t have to say a thing. We know what each other is doing. With the other guys, we have to communicate with each other <a title=\"Youth Dan Feeney Jersey\" href=\"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">\">Youth Dan Feeney Jersey<a> , of course. But everything is coming together.\"Murray has appeared in 30 games over his first two seasons, starting twice, so he at least lends a bit of experience to the defensive backfield. Watts showed flashes in the preseason — he picked off two passes in the finale against Green Bay — but hasn\'t been in the regular-season fire.It speaks volumes that Parker, who just rejoined the team, already has been peppered with questions by the rest of the young guys in the defensive backs room.\"It\'s difficult,\" he said, \"but the trust those guys have in me, and the trust I have in those guys, everything will take care of itself. We\'ll handle our business.\"NOTES: WR Byron Pringle, who hurt his hamstring in the Chiefs\' preseason finale and was put on IR, had an MRI exam that also revealed a hernia. Burkholder said the rookie underwent surgery Tuesday. \"He has an extended recovery ahead of him, and in the meantime the hamstring will heal,\" Burkholder said. ... Burkholder said Sorensen continues to do rehab work in the pool, but it will be a couple more weeks before the Chiefs have a timetable for his return. \"He\'s where he\'s supposed to be right now,\" Burkholder said.



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