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Presley hoping to make final cut

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    CHARGERS: Free agent Presley hopes to stick with Bolts

    SAN DIEGO ---- DeAndre Presley hasn't been a defensive back for long.

    The undrafted free agent played quarterback at Appalachian State, but his 5-foot-10, 185-pound frame didn't provide a professional future at the position. He dabbled in other positions during his senior year, including wide receiver and cornerback. His experience at cornerback came out of necessity and lasted just one game.

    "There is a little defense in my background, but not much," Presley said. "Basically, I went out on the field and someone would tell me 'cover 3' or 'cover 4' (coverage zone defenses) and I would take anyone in my section of the field. At the NFL level, things are a bit more complex than that."

    Presley has spent every moment since May trying to adjust and impress at the same time.

    Presley has just one more game to impress the Chargers. The team's exhibition finale awaits Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The final cut looms on Friday night at 6 p.m., zero hour for many NFL hopefuls.

    The deadline exists, and Presley hasn't tried to ignore it.

    "Everybody knows it's there, and that it's coming on fast," Presley said Tuesday afternoon. "But it's only a source of stress if you let it, and I refuse to let something I can't control affect me in a negative way. My mind is clear and focused. I'm ready for this game, and I'll let the chips fall where they may."

    The final preseason game is an important piece to a larger puzzle coaches began assembling on the young quarterback-turned-cornerback from a small school far, far away. Players assemble a body of work during offseason activities and in training camp.

    Considering the circumstances, Presley has had a solid showing. He has nine tackles, a pass defensed and an interception in three games. He has also averaged 19.3 yards on three kickoff returns and 5.7 yards on a pair of punt returns.

    He did so despite playing most of Friday's exhibition against Minnesota due to injury at defensive back, and secured his interception playing in place of starter Quentin Jammer. Another strong showing would certainly help his cause to make a team with a rich tradition of finding contributors among those alienated by the NFL draft.

    A spot on the 53-man roster would be a dream come true. A place on the practice squad would be welcomed, assuming another team doesn't snatch him up first.

    Working in his favor is uncertainty at his positions of expertise. The Chargers remain undecided with their return men, although Micheal Spurlock and Richard Goodman have experience manning those posts.

    More important is the injury situation at corner. Antoine Cason is the only healthy corner with NFL experience. Jammer, Shareece Wright and presumed nickelback Marcus Gilchrist have all been hampered by hamstring injuries.

    The injuries to Jammer and Wright aren't considered serious, but neither is expected to play extensively, if at all, on Thursday. Gilchrist has missed most of training camp and didn't return as expected on Monday. All will make the roster, but their absence has given Presley plenty of reps with the first team in practice and games. It might also force the Chargers to keep a fifth defensive back, although a team source has indicated that they are on the lookout for veteran help at the position after the final cut.

    The extra time will give the front-runner among a strong group of free agents more time to prove his worth.

    "I'm always my own worst critic, and I can certainly find mistakes in my game," Presley said. "But I'm happy with the way I've come in and competed.
    I've learned a lot about what it takes to be a corner at this level, and I continue to build on that knowledge every day.

    "I hope they see potential in me, and they give me more time to realize that. I love it here. Right now, I'm focused on the next day, the next game. I turned all the anxiety and stress over to God. That keeps me calm. That allows me to go out, have fun and play football."
     
  2. MadMike

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    He was my pick before camp started to surprise and make the team or at least PS. So far he looks like a great project, hope we have our vets back to play, put this kid on the PS and coach him up.
     
  3. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Can he sing????
     
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I think he will be the final cut...:)
     
  5. Lance19

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    "I'm always my own worst critic..." Presley said.


    No offense good sir, and best of luck to you...but I'm guessing you haven't been reading this board. ;)
     
  6. CoronaDoug

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    I feel sorry for any player that reads our ramblings. :eek:
     
  7. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    What about Nate?
     
  8. CoronaDoug

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    I am pretty sure that he won't name any of his kids CoronaDoug. :roflmao:
     
  9. Lance19

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    That would be surprising since "CoronaDoug" has been the 4th most popular boy's
    name so far, in 2012, behind only 1) "Jacob," 2) "Mason" and 3) "Gangnam"
     
  10. CoronaDoug

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    No, I was the first... and last :D
     
  11. FCBolt

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    Hopefully another team picked him up..
     
  12. Buck Melanoma

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    I would have put Presley on the PS over Gatson. He's a far better athlete. did he play well in his time at CB? Not particularly - but he didn't play the position in college either.
     
  13. FCBolt

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    I'd go with the guy that is more ready now, in case we need him (as scary as that it).
    Doesn't really matter. No other team is going to pick these guys up, so effectively they're always available.
     
  14. Blue Bolt

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    Standing on a street corner waiting to get picked up?........ I thought that was a full-time job. ;)
     
  15. FCBolt

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    Ask Cam Thomas ;)
     
  16. Blue Bolt

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    You really think a charmer like Cam would need to resort to that? :cautious:
     
  17. Buck Melanoma

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    I figure he just lifts his Carolina-blue skirt.
     

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