Business is certainly booming around Chargers Park these days. In the final weeks before the team moves up the I-5 to their new digs in Carson, GM Tom Telesco is bunkered in and hammering out contracts. On Wednesday, the Chargers announced the signing of a four-year deal for fourth-round draft pick Rayshawn Jenkins. Jenkins played safety at the University of Miami. Heading into training camp the popular opinion is he will be groomed for that position.
Jenkins is listed at six-foot-one, 214-pounds. At the NFL Combine he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds and vertical jumped 37 inches. Add in 19 reps on the bench press and you have a combination of size, speed and power that makes coaches drool. Coming into Chargers camp, Jenkins will have a willing mentor in former teammate and Chargers starting linebacker Denzel Perryman.
Below is a highlight reel from Jenkins’ senior season with the Hurricanes. What jumps out right away are his instincts, speed to the ball, ability to tackle in the open field and his ferocity when tackling as he’s not one to shy away from contact. Jenkins seems to seek out contact.
The Chargers weren’t finished there. Undrafted free agent punter Toby Baker was also signed on Wednesday. Baker was a tryout participant during rookie mini camp and impressed enough to be signed. He will battle incumbent Drew Kaser as part of the 90-man roster.
The 6″3′-inch, 215-pound Baker played his college ball at Arkansas and averaged 43-yards per punt over his 27 games with the Razorbacks. His 44.4 average in his senior season was good for fourth in the SEC and 13th in the country. Per the Razorbacks’ team website, Baker had 27 punts of 50 yards with a career-best of 60 yards. In his junior and senior seasons he dropped 45 punts inside the 20-yard line with only five total touchbacks.
Not a stranger to making a team as a walk-on, he made the team in Arkansas the same way. Baker won his spot and a scholarship after the 2015 season through a tryout. Baker will also be meeting a familiar face in camp as he follows in the footsteps of former teammate Hunter Henry.
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Former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston arrived in San Diego on Monday. The Los Angeles Chargers worked him out in hopes of adding a veteran safety. The safety position has been in a state of flux since the departure of Eric Weddle last season. The team did take a step toward remedying the situation in their latest draft when they tapped Rayshawn Jenkins out of the University of Miami in the fourth round.
Boston has been making the rounds as he looks for a new team. He’s already completed a stops in Pittsburgh. He’s been documenting his travels on his Twitter page, @TreBos10:
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 5, 2017
Boston was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Standing 6″1′-inches tall and weighing in at 205 lbs., Boston is the blend of experience and youth (he’s 24-years old) Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco craves. Arriving in San Diego on Monday, Boston ran into a former Chargers standout cornerback and Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie. He then tweeted out this photo:
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 8, 2017
Boston accumulated 108 tackles (77 solo), ten passes defensed, three interceptions, two sacks and two touchdowns in his three seasons in Carolina. He’s a playmaker on the rise who would be a great addition to Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradleys’ defense.
The safety left San Diego after his physical and workout Tuesday and now is weighing his options between Pittsburgh, Buffalo and LA per his most recent tweet Tuesday afternoon:
Headed back to CLT, Chargers and Bills definitely made it a tough decision for me! I’ll go home and weigh the pros and cons with the Wife.🙏🏾
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 9, 2017
Where will Boston be shipping off to? Stay tuned…
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The Los Angeles Chargers emerged from last week’s NFL Draft with one of the top-rated draft classes in the league. The rookies have been making their rounds in the media and now have official jersey numbers. Below are the numbers you will find next to their names in your programs for this upcoming season.
WR Mike Williams #7 This is a temporary number he’ll wear through camp. (Williams wore #7 at Clemson). He’ll have to choose an official wide receiver number (10-19 or 80-89) as his NFL number before the regular season begins.
OG Forrest Lamp #77
OG Dan Feeney #66
S Rayshawn Jenkins #33
CB Desmond King #36
OT Sam Tevi #69
DT Isaac Rochell #98
Best of luck to the Los Angeles Chargers draft class of 2017 this season!!
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Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett knows a thing or two about quality defensive-back play.
Some may say that his knowledge of solid secondary play is only trumped by that of his familiarity of being injured and knowing his way around the trainer’s room.
Though No. 22 has missed more than his fair share of games, there is no doubt that he is a stud when healthy and on the field, flashing glimpses of greatness often.
After going wide receiver in the first round (Mike Williams), then offensive line in the second and third rounds (Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, respectively), the Bolts switched their focus from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive unit of the club.
General manager Tom Telesco addressed the defensive backfield in the fourth and fifth rounds, selecting Rayshawn Jenkins of the University of Miami and Desmond King of the University of Iowa, respectively.
“It was great for us to get them,” Verrett told Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website. “When we drafted Rayshawn Jenkins from Miami, I texted Denzel (Perryman) quick and asked what he thought about him. Denzel said he was a dog, so it was nice to get that addition there and add more depth. With Desmond King from Iowa, I actually knew of him because he won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015. I thought that was a great pick as a guy who can come in and help us out in that nickel position.”
The fourth-year defensive back seemed to be looking forward to talking with both of his rookie peers, adding “I want to be able to pick their brains to see their strengths and weaknesses, and what they can do out on the field to help us. If we can get some ball hawks in the slot and nickel positions along with Casey (Hayward) and me on the outside, we could be dominant.”
The initial feeling around the NFL is that King has the potential to be the steal of the ’17 Draft, while Jenkins looks to have been chosen to play as an in-the-box safety for Gus Bradley’s defense, fitting into that Kam Chancellor-like role. Both players have impressive traits in defending both the passing and running games, but they are sure to be tested once stepping foot onto an NFL (Soccer) field.
I must say, the Chargers’ secondary is shaping up to be something special heading into this year, but it all boils down to staying healthy.
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