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The second year cornerback made his presence felt with his team-high third interception of the season against the toughest quarterback to pick off. Shortly after Alex Smith extended his consecutive pass streak without throwing an INT to 312 in a row, the quarterback aimed deep looking for Jeremy Maclin. Verrett stayed stride for stride with the speedster, maintaining position as he dove to come up with the incredible pick at the two-yard line.
As Te’o also noted, all that matters at the end of the day is that the Chargers came up on the short end of a 10-3 decision. Nonetheless, one of the leaders of the defense is encouraged over the unit’s bright futurex, and is eager to keep growing together as one.
The team’s first-round draft selection, cornerback Jason Verrett had a standout game with solid man-to-man coverage most of the night. He finished the night with four total tackles and one pass defensed. While Verrett enjoyed his first regular-season NFL game, the loss left the cornerback feeling empty.
Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu combined for 16.5 sacks last season, but they failed to record one in the San Diego Chargers’ first exhibition last week against Tennessee.
“I think it was pretty good, I did what my coaches asked me to do and I just took advantage of the opportunities I had today,” he said. “My mindset going into the game was play my role and whenever the opportunity came, just do what I had to do.”
Attaochu’s blocked punt was something truly special. His effort was just enough to knock the ball out at the Arizona 17-yard line setting his team up with great field position.
Jerry is also a very active participant in Chargers community efforts. Earlier this year, he served as a spokesman for a PSA campaign with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council encouraging healthy relationships in teenage couples. Jerry participated in the Chargers 10th annual Join the Team Adoption Calendar with San Diego County Foster and Adoptive Resource Services, featuring children looking for their “forever family.” He has participated in numerous PLAY 60 themed events and camps as well as the team’s annual surprise Bike Distribution. He’s presented grant checks for multiple Chargers Champions projects and has never missed a chance to support the Chargers annual Blood Drive, perhaps because he knows only too well the need for blood that so many SCD patients have throughout their life.
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Attaochu says he’s seen improvement in his ability to pick up the Bolts’ defense from rookie minicamp through OTAs and now training camp. Still, he knows he needs some time before the defense becomes a cerebral concept. But if his evolution as a player thus far is indicative of his teammates’ help, he’s well on his way toward accomplishing that feat.
In order to do that, Attaochu has to find a way to stay on the field.
Attaochu, 24, suffered a broken right foot that forced him to the injured reserve in November, missing the final five games of the 2016 season. Attaochu also missed three games earlier last year due to an ankle sprain.
He finished the year fifth on the team in total tackles, while ranking second in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits. After being slowed by a nagging hamstring during his rookie season in 2014, Attaochu bounced back in 2015 to play in 15 games and start 12. He and fellow outside linebacker Melvin Ingram formed a potent 1-2 punch as they combined for more than half (16.5) of the Chargers’ 32 sacks on the season.