The Chargers have won two straight and have played themselves back into the playoff bracket, now sitting as the No. 6 seed. Chargers quarterback Chase Daniel credits the leadership on the team for keeping them steady and focused on the end goal.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Chargers agreed to a 4 year $76.4 million extension with safety Derwin James. In the video above, Bill Cowher evaluates James and the Chargers’ defense.
The Hall of Fame coach addresses the Chargers’ off-season defensive acquisitions of cornerback J.C. Jackson and linebacker Khalil Mack. He also evaluates what James brings to Los Angeles’ defense, highlighting the safety’s versatility when lined up in the box and in coverage.
“We talked about Micah Parsons and what he can do in the front seven. Derwin James is kind of like that on the back end,” said Cowher, who expects the Chargers to have a formidable defense this season, and for Justin Herbert to continue to lead the offense at a high level.
The NFL is filled with electric players who make a huge impact on Sundays.
Heading into the 2022 NFL season, here are my top-seven most electric non-quarterbacks for the 2022 season – in no particular order.
Aaron Donald (DT Los Angeles Rams)
After winning the Super Bowl this past season, Donald returns to Los Angeles hungry for another championship. He changed the dynamic of how defense was played and the addition of Bobby Wagner this offseason will help the chase of a championship. I fully expect Donald to dominate and the Rams to be a contender in the 2022 season.
Justin Jefferson (WR Minnesota Vikings)
Jefferson is emerging as a true number one receiver. He knows how to play above the rim and it makes covering him a nightmare. After coming 16 yards shy of Randy Moss’ record, I expect him to get better and be even more of that defensive nightmare than he was in 2021.
Tyrann Mathieu (DB New Orleans Saints)
Returning home to Louisiana, Mathieu joins a defense that was already a top-five unit in 2021. Joining Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis, the addition of Mathieu gives them a great defender on every level of the defense. He adds Super Bowl experience to a group of veterans that are primed to make a run.
Travis Kelce (TE Kansas City Chiefs)
I know how to use a tight end. From Alge Crumpler to Brent Celek, they helped make my job easier. Kelce, like my former teammates, is a defensive nightmare. He is a massive matchup problem for any S or LB because he can make them look foolish. Now that Tyreek Hill has moved on, Kelce will be Patrick Mahomes top option and will be a top target in the 2022 season.
Micah Parsons (LB Dallas Cowboys)
It’s hard to live up to comparisons of Lawrence Taylor, but that’s the position that Parsons is in. He has the ability to play every position in the front seven and is an explosive play waiting to happen. I respect what he can do at both the linebacker and defensive line positions.
Derwin James (S Los Angeles Chargers)
Despite his injury history, James is an exciting and electric player. He is big, fast, and strong who can both cover and tackle in space. With Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack at both edge rushers and JC Jackson and Asante Samuel Jr on the outside, James is primed for a breakout season roaming the middle of the field.
Tyreek Hill (WR Miami Dolphins)
If you make a list like this, Hill should be at the top. The biggest question with him is with his new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Can he do it? Can he do enough of what Patrick Mahomes did creatively? Hill is so explosive on all levels of the field and can take it to the house from anywhere. If Tua can get the ball to Hill and be creative, the Dolphins offense can take a major step.