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Chargers might shift Marcus Gilchrist to safety

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At one safety spot, the Chargers have perhaps their best defensive player in Eric Weddle.

At the other safety spot, they have a big question mark. Brandon Taylor, a third-round pick last year, is trying to come back from a torn ACL and the other safeties on the roster have barely seen the field on defense. One solution to that could come from the team’s cornerback corps.

Marcus Gilchrist has been spending some time at safety during the team’s voluntary workouts and Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the team plans to “take a long look” at Gilchrist as a safety over the rest of the offseason.

“Wherever I can help the team,” Gilchrist, who played some safety at Clemson, said. “If that means playing corner and helping the team, then that’s where I’ll be. If it means safety, that’s where I’ll be. Wherever the coaches feel I can help the team best.”

The Chargers aren’t terribly deep at corner, even after signing Derek Cox and drafting Steve Williams in the fifth round, so it’s not a move the Chargers can make lightly. Taylor’s health will likely play a role in where Gilchrist winds up taking the most snaps, but there’s little doubt that he’ll be seeing plenty of them in one spot or another.

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7 Responses to “Chargers might shift Marcus Gilchrist to safety”
  1. bolted4life says: May 5, 2013 1:40 PM

    Gilchrist is smart and fast, whatever spot he eventually fills I sure he’ll do well

  2. ambitoos says: May 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    It may take awhile to fix the mess that AJ Smith made but were’re off to a good start with our draft.

  3. picksix19 says: May 5, 2013 1:50 PM

    Keep Gilchrist at corner, resign Jammer move him to safety. Yes, Jammer has lost a step, but he can still lay the wood. Let him retire a Charger.

  4. raiderseliminatedfromplayoffsalready says: May 5, 2013 1:59 PM

    The Raiders will sweep the Bolts again like we did a couple years ago. Trust me. It’s a Toronto thing.

  5. fitnesssuccess says: May 5, 2013 3:03 PM

    maybe we can put him in at left tackle too.

  6. canelosandiego says: May 5, 2013 5:38 PM

    Gilchrist should have seen the field more during Norv’s tenure. Norv for some reason always preferred him at backup CB and played scrubs at SS rather than give Gilchrist a look there. Jammer would have been a good option a few years ago, not now. I hope McCoy will let some of these young players stay on the field and FULLY develop into the playmakers they were in college.

  7. vjaxmyboy says: May 6, 2013 4:46 AM

    Look at MM and TT making another great move , and using the talent they have to fill the holes they were given. Gilchrist was drafted as a combo player and is incredibly strong (7+ power index) . Everything they’re doing make sense I can’t wait to visibly see the product on the field.

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