According to cornerback Brandon Flowers, Jason Verrett doesn't need a lot of help or advice from him.
Verrett "has it," Flowers says. He knows how to play the game.
There is one area where Flowers -- an eight-year vet and 2013 Pro Bowler -- can help, though.
The film room.
"The only thing I can do is mold him on how to watch film, what to look for on film," Flowers said of the 2014 first-round draft pick. "The game is pretty much 75-percent mental anyways. So if I can do anything by helping him gain a step on the field that way, it will do nothing except uplift our team."
Verrett, who calls Flowers his "big bro," only played six games his rookie season due to a hamstring injury and a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He said the help from Flowers is invaluable.
"I think that’s probably the hardest part for any rookie, is learning how to watch film," Verrett said. "In college you kind of just focus on the good players, and in the league, everyone is good. So you really have to break down third downs, big plays, all those types of things. [Flowers] has been a guy that’s been successful in the league, so watching film with him is going to help me out. I already feel like I’m a smart player, so learning from him is only going to gain me more knowledge on the football field."
Through five days in training camp, Verrett looks strong, physical and like he hasn't missed a beat. He's caught the attention of analysts, teammates and even former NFL players like LaDainian Tomlinson, who praised his smarts, quickness and hands.
Verrett said he's feeling good.
"I feel 100-percent," he said. "I’m solid. I’m going to make sure I take advantage throughout the season, make sure I’m taking care of my body, staying in the weight room, doing all the things just to stay on the field."
The extra confidence from having a year under his belt has helped so far in camp.
"It’s definitely different," Verrett said. "Being able to participate in OTAs and now starting off training camp... I’ve been able to get my feet wet and just enjoy it."
The secondary looks to be a dominant force for the Chargers this season, and to get there, they'll depend on accountability.
"Don’t drop an interception and say ‘my bad,'" Flowers said. "Don't miss a strip sack and say, 'I'll get him next time.' We need to take advantage of every opportunity and make every play count. We have plenty of players that are able to make plays. We just gotta make ‘em. No more 'my bad' and 'we'’ll get them next time.' Just have fun, relax and make plays."
Speaking of the secondary, cornerback Jordan Mabin was added to the Chargers roster Tuesday.
Mabin, 5'11, 180-pounds, originally came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Ravens in 2012. He spent most of the past three seasons on practice squads in Baltimore, Cleveland and Atlanta.
The Ohio native was a team captain during his time at Northwestern and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a senior in 2011.
In a corresponding move, the Chargers released wide receiver Demetrius Wilson.