Earlier this week I wrote about my two biggest concerns for this team, one of which dealt with the linebackers. It seems as though the secondary has taken it upon themselves this week to try and match the issues the linebackers are having. All in one day, Ellis Hobbs was placed on injured reserve and Joselio Hanson was sentenced with a four game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
We still have our starters at the corners in Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown; however, the big question is going to be the depth behind them. Dimitri Patterson has been back practicing again and Macho Harris is now listed on the injury report as a corner (he’s still listed on the depth chart as a safety). Newly acquired Ramzee Robinson is listed as the backup behind Sheldon Brown and Jack Ikegwuonu has been added to the active roster.
Samuel and Brown have both been banged up a little bit so I am hoping they can both stay healthy as I’m weary towards the depth they now have behind them. Patterson has been out for an extended period of time and didn’t see a whole lot of action on defense when he was healthy. I’m sure it’s been quite a long time since Macho has taken snaps at corner, so he’s going to need some time to get reacquainted. I only know two things about Ramzee Robinson: 1.) He was the very last pick of the 2007 draft (Mr. Irrelevant) and 2.) He was cut by the Lions. I’m not impressed by any of this so I’d say the kid has a lot to prove.
The Chargers aren’t the run first team they used to be a few years ago. They have struggled on the ground, but Philip Rivers has really stepped up their attack through the air. I think the Chargers will look to have a lot of three receiver sets to try to exploit the tarnished secondary. Although he is under sized, I could see the Eagles trying to match up Macho Harris with Antonio Gates to prevent him from getting the ball in his hands.
It will be very interesting, to say the least, to see how this secondary plays with all the changes that have happened so quickly.