LA Chargers go safety in Draft Wire’s 2018 mock draft

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The 2018 NFL draft is just under one year away, but for the die-hard Los Angeles Chargers fan in everyone, it is never too early to start discussing the future.

In their latest 2018 NFL mock draft, Draft Wire predicted to take Penn State safety Marcus Allen with the No. 15 overall pick.

With Los Angeles selecting two safeties in the fourth and fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft, safety is still a glaring need in the secondary as one can’t expect mid-to-late round draft selections to fill a long-term need.

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Chargers’ Rayshawn Jenkins says playbook is toughest part of NFL transition

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Los Angeles Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins discussed how he felt about his rookie season thus far with the team’s official site Saturday, and made it clear that the playbook has been the most difficult part about the transition to the NFL.

After discussing what he likes about Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme, Jenkins went on to ease any apprehension about his aptitude in proclaiming that he was “intelligent,” and “shouldn’t have a problem with it,” per the team’s site.

The former Hurricane seems to be doing all the right things on and off of the field early on with Los Angeles, however, he does face stiff competition for playing time in a new look Bolts secondary.

As such, Jenkins’ ability to digest and implement Bradley’s plays will be put to the test early and often at Chargers Park this offseason.

Chargers’ Rayshawn Jenkins brings the ‘skills,’ to ‘help us compete for a Super Bowl’

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie safety Rayshawn Jenkins has some high expectations for his new team in 2017, as he was quoted speaking about the Super Bowl, per the team’s official website.

Jenkins said that he believes that he is “going to bring those skills to this team and help [the Chargers] compete for a Super Bowl.”

High expectations without questions, but the rookie’s confidence, and work ethic should bring excitement to Bolts fans.

Jenkins went on to clarify on the aforementioned skills he was alluding to, saying he enjoys that he will get to play in the box allowing him “to play hands-on with the big guys.”

Not one to sell himself short, Jenkins went on to say “I can run too, so if he [Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley] needs me in coverage, then I’m there.”

Jenkins will need all of the confidence he can muster as he will be competing for snaps in a talented and deep Los Angeles secondary this season.

Chargers sign safety Rayshawn Jenkins, add punter Toby Baker

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The Los Angeles Chargers have signed their fourth round selection from the 2017 NFL draft in safety Rayshawn Jenkins, as well as signed free agent punter Toby Baker.

Baker had just completed a tryout with Los Angeles, and impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a contract with the team. Meanwhile, Jenkins is the second-to-last player signed from the 2017 NFL draft for the Bolts, with the only player remaining being Chargers rookie guard Dan Feeney.

Here is what L.A. had to say on their roster moves via a press release Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Chargers made several transactions on Wednesday, signing safety Rayshawn Jenkins, the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, to a four-year contract, while also signing punter Toby Baker.

Jenkins becomes the sixth 2017 draft pick to sign with the team.

Baker, meanwhile, is a 6-3, 210-pound rookie from Arkansas who recently participated in the Chargers’ rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

Baker was the Razorbacks’ featured punter his final two seasons in Fayetteville. He appeared in 26 total games, punting 101 times for 4,340 yards (43.0 avg.) with a long of 60 and 27 punts that sailed beyond 50 yards. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Baker ranked 13th in the nation as a senior in 2016 with a 44.4 yard average.

The Chargers also announced Wednesday that the team has waived tackle Mason Zandi.

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3 Chargers veterans that must step up to keep roles

After boasting one of the better NFL draft classes in 2017, some Los Angeles Chargers veterans may find themselves in a fight to keep their roles if patterns don’t change this season.

As such, here’s a look at three L.A. veterans that must step up in order to keep their roles on the Bolts moving forward.

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No. 3, Keenan Allen, WR

There is no denying Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen’s ample skill set, however, he has struggled mightily to stay healthy over the last two seasons playing in just nine games during said span.

Allen is coming off of a torn ACL one year after suffering a scary kidney injury that ended his previous campaign.

Additions such as Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams and promising receivers Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman making strides forward, Allen must remain healthy and hope for a return to form in order to lock down his role with the Bolts long-term.

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5 things to know about Chargers fourth-round pick S Rayshawn Jenkins

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With the No. 113 overall pick, the Los Angeles Chargers selected former Miami safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Here are five things to know about the new Charger safety.

 

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1. Jenkins is one of 16 siblings

Jenkins has 15 other siblings and has had to grow up fighting for everything he wanted to earn. His upbringing has shown through to the football field, for he has an infectious competitive spirit.

2. A star athlete in high school

Jenkins played safety in college and is expected to do the same in the NFL. However, he was a quarterback in high school and a state track winner in the 110-meter hurdles.

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