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James saw his "in the box" rate dip in the 1st year under HC Brandon Staley, a former DC with the Rams. The safety spent 41.8% of 2021 snaps there last season vs. 61.4% in 2018 -- the last time we saw a full campaign from James. He still ranked 15th among safeties in total box snaps last season, though, and 10th in slot snaps. Those 2 areas are key because they increase a DB's tackle opportunities. James just might be the league's most talented safety, capable of excelling in any role. And it sounds like the Chargers plan to maximize his potential in 2022 and beyond.
"A lot of people talk about arming quarterbacks, but we wanted to arm Derwin with some weapons that would really bring out the best in him," Staley said, referring to the team's free-agent additions on defense, led by EDGE Khalil Mack and CB J.C. Jackson.
James lost all of 2020 and most of 2019 to lower-body injuries. His other 2 seasons have found him top 5 among DBs in fantasy points. And he led the way in points per game last season. We'll gladly chase that upside over worrying about any risk. There will always be insurance options available at DB -- both late in drafts and on in-season waiver wires.
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