Earlier than the pandemic, Chargers reporters discovered Derwin James within the locker room underneath the quantity 33, generally taking part in together with his dreads and at all times smiling.
When reporters have been allowed again within the locker room Monday for the primary time since 2019, some issues had modified. No. 33 had been changed by No. 3. James’ smile was nonetheless there, however the dreads have been gone.
“I simply needed to get it a little bit cleaner,” James stated. “I need to return to the true DJ3.”
By the “actual DJ3,” he means again to his faculty days when he had brief hair and wore No. 3, which he additionally modified in the course of the offseason.
After deciding to chop his hair, he determined to succeed in out to his coach.
“He FaceTime’d me over the weekend,” Staley stated. “I’m in full assist of that. He seems good-looking. I advised him, so long as your spouse is nice with it, that’s the primary factor [laughter]. I stated, ‘I’m going to be good with no matter you do.’”
James is the quarterback of the protection and an important a part of Staley’s plans. From the second he walked by means of the door, Staley stated he needed to construct the protection round James.
Although James modified his look, his depth remains to be there, and his love for competitors remains to be there. The AFC West made a number of additions to the division to make it one of the vital aggressive within the NFL.
“A blessing,” James stated. “If you happen to contemplate your self the most effective, why not play in opposition to the most effective? It’s a blessing to have the ability to go on the market, play them two occasions a yr. It’s going to be enjoyable.”
This weekend the Chargers will likely be dealing with the Raiders and one of many division’s largest additions, receiver Davante Adams.
“I used to be excited,” James stated. “Any time you’ll be able to add gamers like that, it makes the sport that rather more enjoyable.”
There are questions on whether or not cornerback J.C. Jackson will play on Sunday, so there might be an opportunity that James defends Adams.
“He’s the most effective at what he does,” James defined. “You need to be prepared for form of all the things. The most effective receivers we’re going to go up in opposition to this yr.”
Throughout coaching camp and on The Pat McAfee Present, James retains saying how hungry he and the workforce are going into this season. He had his hold-in throughout most of coaching camp, which might be a constructive.
The legs are contemporary, and the thoughts is obvious for crucial participant on the protection. James is simply able to hit the sector on Sunday.
“I’m wholesome, able to go, and like I stated, I bought my hair lower!” James stated. “I can’t wait to go. I’m prepared. It’s like the primary day of faculty. I can’t wait.”
Chargers CB J.C. Jackson off strolling boot
There was a report from NFL Community on Wednesday morning that Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson wouldn’t be taking part in on Sunday in opposition to the Raiders. That was the very first thing that head coach Brandon Staley was requested about when he stepped as much as the rostrum.
“I can’t affirm that. J.C.’s boot is off, he was operating yesterday, and he’s day-to-day,” Staley stated.
So, there’s a probability that Jackson can play, however will he observe?
“I don’t know if he’ll, however he’s out of his boot, and he ran yesterday,” Staley stated. “He’s on the street to restoration.”
Jackson is 2 weeks faraway from ankle surgical procedure. He was reportedly going to overlook two to 4 weeks, so that is his second week and a half. Staley thinks it will likely be a game-time resolution.
“Sure, I do,” Staley stated. “However issues are very constructive.”
The Chargers cornerback was a big-time addition to the workforce within the offseason and brings versatility to the protection. He’s a ball hawk and can assist when he returns.
If he doesn’t play on Sunday, the Chargers are assured in Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr., Bryce Callahan, and their secondary.
“We all know use the gamers which are going to be on the market, so now we have quite a lot of confidence in everyone that’s going to go play on the market in that sport of, whoever it’s and ensure that they’re in the proper position to take action,” Staley stated.
Chargers vote on workforce captains
The Chargers gamers voted on their workforce captains this week. They selected eight gamers: James, quarterback Justin Herbert, operating again Austin Ekeler, receiver Keenan Allen, heart Corey Linsley, defensive deal with Sebastian Joseph-Day, edge rushers Joey Bosa, and Khalil Mack.
“These eight guys will likely be captains on this soccer workforce,” Staley stated. “They are going to be sporting that ‘C’ on their jersey, however as I advised the group, everybody on our workforce goes to have a hand in main our soccer workforce. I’m actually happy with the eight of these guys. I believe they’ve definitely earned that mantle of getting the ‘C’ on their chest. I’m excited for them to symbolize us this yr in 2022.”
Harm report for Wednesday
Didn’t take part: CB J.C. Jackson (ankle), TE Donald Parham (hamstring). Full participant: RB Isaiah Spiller (ankle).