Chargers Welcome CB Derek Cox

After releasing both starting cornerbacks (Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason) the
Chargers were desperate to find a corner to fill the spot. Which is where Derek Cox comes in. The former Jacksonville Jaguar was recently signed by the San Diego Chargers to a 4 yr/ 20 million dollar contract. The contract includes a 5.2 million dollar signing bonus.

Cox is one of the best CB in this years Free Agency.

Cox is one of the best CB in this years Free Agency.

Cox is a four year player from the University of William & Mary. He ranked as one of the best cornerbacks in this years Free Agency.

Derek has a total of 203 total career tackles, and 12 INT’s over the past four years. He is 6’1″ and 195 lbs. He can play with most receivers and is not afraid to come up and make a hit. Derek Cox will be a great fit in San Diego’s organization and will have an immediate impact on the field.

One of the struggles the Chargers have had defensively is in their secondary. Antoine Cason was inconsistent and Quentin Jammer was aging and did not look as good as he did in his prime. They also lost a key part of their secondary two years ago with the loss of Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets.

One of the key examples of their poor secondary was on November 25th, 2012 against the Baltimore Ravens. It was 4th and 29 with 1:37 left in regulation, a clear stop for the San Diego defense. However, while the Chargers were covering the deep ball, Joe Flacco (the Ravens QB) dumped it off to Ray Rice. Ray Rice managed to get past multiple tacklers to secure a first down. Seconds later, Justin Tucker kicked the game tying field goal. The Ravens went on to win in overtime; 16-13.

Now although this may have been a miracle play by Ray Rice, the Chargers secondary certainly had a lot to do with it. He somehow was left uncovered and was able to avoid multiple tackles on his way to a first down, destroying all chances the Chargers had of defeating the 9-2 Ravens.

During the 2012-2013 season with the Jaguars, Derek Cox only allowed one touchdown pass. He also had 60 tackles. He allowed a quarterback rating of 44.5, best among all the NFL players in his position, according to Pro Football Focus.

Derek Cox will be a great leader for the secondary and will be a long term solution at cornerback… if he can stay healthy.

Cox has dealt with multiple injuries during his career. From ankle injuries to back injuries. He missed four games last season due to a back injury and a total of 17 missed games over the past four years.

When he is healthy, he has the ability to put up All-Pro numbers. The concern is however, can he stay healthy for the Chargers and help them become a playoff threat again?


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