Jimmy Wilson wants to compete

Defensive back Jimmy Wilson came home to San Diego.

San Diego native Jimmy Wilson is not only happy to be back in San Diego, but to be working with the Chargers defense.

“Seeing all these veteran guys, like Eric Weddle and Darrell Stuckey, and being able to talk to them about football has been great for me,” the former Point Loma High School athlete said. “I’m really excited about the team that we got.”

Wilson may play an integral part as the Chargers look to fill the void left by Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist -- who signed with the 49ers and Jets, respectively, in the offseason.

The versatile defensive back – he played both corner and safety for the Miami Dolphins – worked as a strong safety with the starting unit during minicamp (opposite Weddle). It’s early, and coaches are quick to point out that players will rotate through reps with starters, but Wilson’s role will be something to keep an eye on during training camp.

So far, Wilson feels comfortable.

“I picked up the defense faster than I thought I would, and that’s a credit to all my coaches back in Miami because I played so many positions,” Wilson said. “They really got me prepared for the NFL. It’s been easy to pick up the different languages that we have on this defense.”

Wilson was selected by Miami in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has started 21 of the 60 games he’s played with the Dolphins (with 13 of those starts coming last season). He signed a two-year, $4.85 million contract with the Chargers in March.

SDSuperChargers.com beat writer Annie Heilbrunn has been covering the Chargers since 2009. You can follow her on Twitter at @annieheilbrunn or email her at annieheilbrunn@gmail.com.

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