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It's been a rough first season for San Diego Chargers newcomer Johnny Patrick. Patrick has suffered multiple concussions, and now an ankle injury has forced him to miss the last 2 games of the season. Patrick was general manager Tom Telesco's first acquisition, claiming him on waivers back in February to help bolster the secondary. Here is his contract, it'll be interesting to see if he's on the team next year.
You hate to see a player go down with injury, but the defense played well in his absence. Patrick, the usual slot corner who had started in 2 games and appeared in all 13, was replaced by Marcus Gilchrist in the slot, who played well coming off the edge and making his presence felt as a blitzer. It's likely he'll take over Patrick's role, and undrafted rookie free agent Jahleel Addae continue to start at safety. Versus the Broncos, Addae did a nice job of covering everything deep. He only gave up one big play, and that was one of the first few plays of the game. A solid game from the rookie safety.
The Chargers have promoted fan favorite Marcus Cromartie from the practice squad, who played pretty well on special teams in the preseason. Many were lobbying for him to make the team until he struggled in the final preseason game, where he gave up 2 touchdowns. This might open the door for, dare I say it, Brandon Taylor, who reportedly has been practicing. So it'll be interesting to see who's active this coming week against the Raiders.