Who Steps Up In 2018?
It’s especially important at the safety position to have depth. In this portion of the article, we’ll take a look at some wildcard players for each team in the AFC West next year.
- Su’a Cravens: there are many questions regarding Cravens due to him not playing in 2017. However, will he find a resurgence in Denver? Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods has high praise on Cravens’ ability to pick everything up quickly.
- Will Parks: Parks elevated his game for his sophomore NFL Campaign. Following an injury to Justin Simmons, Parks stepped up big time during the final three weeks of the season in his absence. He had an interception and 32 tackles last year.
- Darian Stewart: Heading into Training Camp, many are unsure of Stewart’s future in Denver. Last year he struggled in pass coverage and gave up several big scores. Stewart thrived in stopping the run in 2017 primarily.
Kansas City Chiefs:
- Daniel Sorensen: Sorensen was a bright spot on the Chiefs defense during the absence of Berry. He finished with 66 tackles and one interception in 15 games last year.
- Eric Murray: He backs up Berry in 2018 and was a solid contributor last season for the Chiefs.
- Robert Golden: the seven-year veteran looks to provide depth on defensive rotations for the Chiefs in 2018.
Los Angeles Chargers:
- Derwin James: The best safety prospect in the 2018 draft found his home in LA. Will he bring his authoritative playstyle with him during the regular season?
- Jaylen Watkins: Saw minutes with the Eagles in 2017 and looks to find a more established role in LA.
- Adrian Phillips: Accounted for 50 tackles and two interceptions for the Chargers D last season. He looks to continue development in competition with Derwin James.
- Marcus Gilchrist: He accounted for 48 tackles, one interception, and six pass breakups in 2017.
- Shareece Wright: Contributed on Buffalo last season and now looking to revitalize his career in year 8 in Oakland.