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Jason Verrett expected to make preseason debut

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The Chargers made cornerback Jason Verrett their first-round pick in May knowing that he’d need time to recover from March shoulder surgery before he’d be ready to hit the field.

Verrett missed spring work, but started practicing in training camp and added more to his plate as his shoulder proved up to the challenge. Now he’s ready to take the next big step in his preparation for his rookie season as Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that Verrett is expected to make his first appearance in a preseason game when the Chargers face the 49ers on Sunday.

His teammate Brandon Flowers is looking forward to seeing what Verrett can do in a game situation.

“He sticks in coverage,” Flowers said. “He’s a playmaker. He has that ‘want to’ in his eyes. I’ve been around a lot of cornerbacks in my days, from old guys to young guys. He wants to be the one to make a play. He’s not going to shy away from it like, ‘I hope the quarterback doesn’t throw my way on third down.’ He wants the quarterback to throw his way on third down. Just having that ‘want to,’ his athleticism, I can’t wait to see him when the lights come on.”

Cornerback was a weak spot for the Chargers last season and they weren’t shy about addressing it this offseason with the additions of Flowers and Verrett. If both live up to expectations, the chance to at least compete for a second straight playoff berth should be within reach in San Diego.

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8 Responses to “Jason Verrett expected to make preseason debut”
  1. Commenting off the bench. . . says: Aug 22, 2014 9:01 AM

    Chargers were fifth worst against the pass last year. Flowers and Verrett will be an improvement over that, question is, how much. I hope Pagano uses them to their strengths, and doesn’t use his “square peg in a round hole” theories of coaching I’ve seen the last couple of years.

  2. chargrz says: Aug 22, 2014 9:24 AM

    Definitely an upgrade at the corner position but they need a pass rush bad. The D-line also has been getting manhandled this pre-season and teams are rushing at will. Could be a long season.

  3. lanzurrah says: Aug 22, 2014 9:36 AM

    Reports out of camp rave about this kid’s feet/quickness and coverage. Fantastic athlete. Can’t wait to see him in action.

  4. chargerdillon says: Aug 22, 2014 12:07 PM

    Doesn’t really matter how good your defensive talent is if your coordinator is a total idiot.

    It wasn’t so long ago this same coordinator gave up 4th and 31 ON A RUN PLAY.

    The talent will perform better in spite of having an incredibly poor defensive coordinator.

  5. National Fanatic says: Aug 22, 2014 1:12 PM

    Most of the 2013 passing yards given up by the Chargers were in the first half of the season. The 2nd half was a tail of two totally different teams.
    I expect big things from Flowers and Wright (plus Verrett and S.Williams should have a positive impact)

  6. sd619tripleog says: Aug 22, 2014 3:54 PM

    yea Pagano has been able to avoid any blame the past few seasons due to the lack of talent and injuries but he’s yet to show anything that merits any type of extension or interview for a head coaching position. I question his play calling, he’s never been able to slow down a passing attack. he’s only had a bend but don’t break type of defense

  7. sdboltaction says: Aug 22, 2014 8:51 PM

    I agree with sd619 in regards to Pagano….

  8. bolted4life says: Aug 23, 2014 3:51 PM

    Bend don’t break is true with Pagano… I’m hoping with new and fresher players he can prove us wrong….

    Or else it’s Cottrell 2.0

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