Day four of training camp placed several prominent players under the spotlight. Shawne Merriman…
Cason Ready to Push for Nickel Back Role
But Cason, the Jim Thorpe Award winner as college's top defensive back last season, is presented with a grand opportunity.
With Drayton Florence fleeing to Jacksonville as a free agent, it freed up one of the most critical spots in the Chargers' pass coverage unit.
And Cason is going to be giving every chance to prove he is the guy.
But first, he had to sign, which he did on July 24 in inking a five-year, $12.1 million deal with about half of it guaranteed.
"It's a big relief," Cason said. "Of course I was concerned, but I had faith that it would get done. All I could do was work out and control the things I was able to control, and that was that. I didn't worry about it too much because I knew it would get done, so I did the things I could control."
Cason has impressed coaches with his offseason work. And while the Chargers were disappointed he wasn't in the rookie camp, it's not a drastic setback for the former University of Arizona star.
"I think that Antoine had an outstanding offseason and, as I said, I think these first three or four days really help the young guys get acclimated so they're not overwhelmed when they start camp," coach Norv Turner said.
"(But) I think that the system now where you get as much work in the offseason as we did that the mental work and the coverage work helps him in that regard."
Cason will be pushed by Paul Oliver and Cletis Gordon. But if Cason performs as expected, the Chargers' youthful secondary will get that much younger.
"I definitely think I did have a good offseason and worked hard to put myself in a position to be here," Cason said. "I just want to get out there and play well and do the things I know I am capable of doing and also learn this game a little bit more. I'm new and just want to get in and learn."
SDBoltReport.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Visionary Sleepers
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly known for their passing attack; however, Dr. Roto does have a man-crush on one KC receiver in Week 8. Dwayne Bowe (pictured above) has yet to score a touchdown or…Read More
NCAA Up Next
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Wainstein report released on Wednesday provided insight into the NCAA’s reopening of its infractions case at North Carolina this summer and also highlighted potential academic…Read More
6 Sports Records Made to Be Broken
Move over Manning—here's a list of the best individual sports records that are ripe for breaking.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
NFL WEEK 7: Cheerleaders Who Need a Hug
It's easy to smile when your team wins. Here's to those women who didn't have it so easy.Read More