Leach faces tough road

With the only safeties to be brought in done so in free agency, former USC defender Jason Leach thought there would be a possible opening on the San Diego Chargers.

Leach brings big game experience to the table and a winning tradition. He played both free and strong during his USC career, starting the last two seasons.

Leach got on the map during the Shrine game, showing scouts a few things despite the limitations of the game.

"Unlike a normal college game there were different rules," Leach explained. "No blitzes, no rushing on punt return, you could only run middle wedge on kick-off return, no motion on offense, and only a few offensive formations were allowed.

"I had a good game but it could have been better, as is almost always the case. I had seven tackles."

The week of practice was similar to the recently complete training camp. They could only touch the players as no tackling is allowed.

The Chargers thought enough of the safety to sign him after the draft with the intention that he would compete.

But the truth is there will be a tough decision made at the safety spot and it could spell the demise of not only Jason Leach and his dreams, but perhaps someone such as Hanik Milligan or Robb Butler along with veteran Jerry Wilson.

If the plan is to keep four safeties on the roster, a few are assured spots. Terrence Kiel is the obvious lock. Bhawoh Jue and Clinton Hart would make sense to keep. And that leaves one roster spot open for a player to be named later.

Leach is not a player that would play well on an island as any Marty Schottenheimer coached team is wont to do. That limits his chances of making the team. With proven special teamers ahead of him on the depth chart, the prospects of Leach bringing his USC Championship experience into the regular season appear dim at best.

Jason Leach School: USC
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 215 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two year starter who totaled 51/3/4 as a senior after a career high 88/2/6 during his junior campaign.

Positives: Instinctive, alert defensive back who consistently puts himself in the right position on the field. Immediately picks up cover assignments, keeps the action in front of him and helps out teammates. Effective facing the quarterback, takes good angles to the play and times pass break-ups well. Displays solid sideline-to-sideline range, has a burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene. Effective special teams player who does an outstanding job on coverage units.

Negatives: Struggles in man-to-man situations and slow getting his head back around to locate the ball. Lacks strength at the point of attack and has tackles broken.

Analysis: A hard working prospect with a well rounded game, Leach has been a productive collegiate player who rarely makes mistakes. His abilities in zone coverage makes him a solid choice in the middle frames for a two deep system.

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