San Diego Chargers Offseason Position Needs: Part 7 Safety

April 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Safety has been a weak point for the San Diego Chargers for the past several years.  Following Marlon McCree’s departure from San Diego after the 2007 season, the position went from weak to downright awful behind Clinton Hart and an inexperienced Eric Weddle.
Shortly into the 2009 season the team stabilized the safety position by jettisoning Hart in favor of sixth round draft pick Kevin Ellison.
Ellison lacks the physical tools to ever become a dominating presence at safety, but he brought a toughness and fundamental game that was lacking.
With Ellison and Weddle starting, the team has a unit that is both young and solid, albeit in a very blue-collar fashion.  Steve Gregory, Paul Oliver, and C.J. Spillman fill out great depth at the position, while also possessing coverage skills enough to fill in as extra DB’s in nickel or dime packages.
As a collective they bear a great resemblance to several other positions along the Chargers' de...

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