"Hard work definitely helped to get me here," Cason said. "Nothing was going to be easy and nothing was going to be handed to me. It started going into high school and coming out of high school. It is the same intense training now."
Cason made an immediate impact with the Chargers, forcing fourth-quarter turnovers in his first two games. He's also carved out a significant role on special teams, netting three tackles in kick coverage against the New York Jets in Week 3.
CB Antoine Cason
"With a few rookies already making quite an impact on the field, our job is to keep their confidence up," Sproles said. "When they make a big play, it's important to cheer for them and encourage them to keep going."
Cason's play has given teammates plenty of reason to cheer. Having seen field time in all five games, Cason has tallied 24 tackles (22 solo), four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception.
Starting CB Antonio Cromartie recognizes Cason's talent and offers praise for what the rookie brings to the defensive backfield.
"We talk and we make each other better, that's the biggest thing," Cromartie said. "You can't have a rookie come in who is going to be playing and sit there and let him go by on his own. I think the coaching staff and players like me and (Quentin) Jammer try and make sure he's doing the right things. He's been doing a great job."
LB Matt Wilhelm, who led the Chargers' linebackers last year with three picks, recognizes the importance of disciplined pass defense. Wilhelm notices Cason's production on the field and knows the team has relied on his fierce impact.
"He's a big player in third-down situations and he's progressing well," Wilhelm said. "He had some mistakes early on against Carolina, but as weeks go by, they are smaller and slimmer. He's making plays, making the tackles he supposed to and being in the right position. That's all you can ask for from a rookie."
Although Cason expected better than a 2-3 start to the season, his ambition remains undeterred. He has faith in his abilities and in those of his teammates, so he fully expects this team to play into January.
"I want to be a part of this team and try to win a Super Bowl," Cason said. "That's the goal -- to win a Super Bowl with this team and just play as hard as I can."