Chargers safety Derwin James will miss the entire 2020 season as he recovers from meniscus surgery. He’ll need 6-to-8 months to recover and the team put him on injured reserve.
James, who was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2018 draft, excelled as a rookie, earning First-Team All-Pro honors. Since then, he’s struggled to stay on the field. In 2019, he only played five games because of a stress fracture in his right foot. By the end of 2020, with him missing the entire campaign, he will have only suited up for 21 out of a possible 48 games in his three-year career.
The Chargers’ defense ranked 21st in the league last season, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. They were 19th against the pass and 25th against the run. Without James again, this unit will have trouble significantly improving on those metrics.
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- The Chargers are not pursuing Earl Thomas as a replacement for James, according to The Athletic’s Daniel Popper (on Twitter). Thomas was released from the Ravens earlier in training camp as he got into an altercation with a teammate.
- Jahleel Addae, who spent six seasons with the franchise from 2013-2018, could return to the team, ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler reports. Addae spent last season with the Texans and PFF has him as the No. 64 safety (out of 86).
- Tyrod Taylor will be the Chargers starting QB in Week 1, coach Anthony Lynn confirms (h/t Gilbert Manzano). “Right now Tyrod Taylor is our starter,” Lynn said. “Until someone step up and show that they can run this team that’s the way we’re going in to it. Tyrod Taylor is our starter.”
- Van Jefferson is expected to be the Rams’ No. 3 wide receiver on their depth chart. Jefferson, who Los Angeles selected in the second round of the 2020 draft, appears to have passed Josh Reynolds, sitting behind only Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp among wide receivers.