This weekend is a homecoming of sorts for Jeremy Harris, who played his high school ball at Dorsey HS in Dorsey, Calif. He also began his college career in the Golden State, spending two seasons at East Los Angeles Junior College before transferring over to New Mexico State.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Harris of his return to California. "I'm definitely going to have my family members and stuff out there. They'll come up for the game."
Harris, a 2013 seventh-round pick, could be busy on Sunday. The Chargers figure to rely heavily on Philip Rivers and the passing game due to injuries to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.
The entire Jaguars secondary is looking for a bit of redemption after a tough outing in last week's home opener. Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck torched the Jaguars, completing 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns. Luck became the first Colts quarterback since Johnny Unitas to complete at least 75 percent of his passes for 350 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a game.
Next comes Rivers, who's been even more productive than Luck through the season's first three weeks. Harris and the Jaguars defense are gearing up for the challenge.
"It's a good group," said Harris of San Diego's offense. "We respect them. We just need to go out there, focus on what we need to focus on, and play well."
The Chargers put a lot of pressure on opposing secondaries because San Diego has no true go-to receiver. For example, last week's top receiver, Malcom Floyd, didn't catch a ball the week prior.
The Jaguars will not be caught off-guard.
"No, it doesn't change anything," Harris said of San Diego's versatile offense. "We just go out there and play, do what we do. We'll try to pick up on their tendencies."
Harris is also prepared for the fact that he may match up with the extremely talented (and extremely talkative) Keenan Allen. The second-year receiver began a war of words with Richard Sherman after San Diego's Week 2 win; Harris will not be pulled into taking that bait.
"It probably does give you a little fire when you go out there," said Harris of playing against a trash-talking receiver, "but that should be something you have inside of you regardless. I feel like I'm going to go at opponents regardless of what they say. It's more about me than the receiver."
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