Chargers consider switching Marcus Gilchrist to safety
Last year’s third-round pick Brandon Taylor is still rehabbing from a torn ACL and further down the depth chart, other safeties lack experience to lead at the spot with combined 51 career NFL defensive snaps between them. But for the San Diego Chargers, the solution may lie within their linebacker corps.
With Atari Bigby and Darrell Stuckey dealing with injuries, San Diego Chargers cornerback Marcus Gilchrist stepped up to see snaps at safety after Eric Weddle also suffered an injury in a game last season.
Marcus Gilchrist has seen reps at the safety spot during the team’s voluntary workouts this offseason. The belief is San Diego Chargers will give Marcus Gilchrist a serious look as an option to take reps at the safety for the rest of the season and potentially remain in the lineup at the spot during the 2013 season to add much needed experience at the position.
“Wherever I can help the team,” Marcus Gilchrist said of his potential transfer to a safety role. “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.”
However, moving Marcus Gilchrist to safety could deplete the San Diego Chargers at cornerback, even after they signed Derek Cox during free agency and selected Steve Williams in the fifth round of the NFL draft. Brandon Taylor’s health condition could also end up playing a role in whether Marcus Gilchrist takes most of the snaps at safety this offseason. However, there’s little doubt that Marcus Gilchrist will see plenty of defensive snaps nevertheless at either cornerback or safety this summer.