Year one for Jahleel Addae saw the safety join the Chargers as an undrafted rookie, make the 53-man roster, contribute on special teams and the dime defense before, over the course of the year, assuming a larger defensive role.
It is only logical he wants to take the next step.
Addae looks to continue in year two the growth in playing time from his first NFL season. That means pushing and overtaking Marcus Gilchrist for the starting job opposite safety Eric Weddle, a possibility that will play itself out over the coming months. Addae believes he's made mental and physical strides this offseason. He can demonstrate so next week when the Chargers begin organized team activities.
OTAs, starting Tuesday, are 10 non-contact practices over three weeks. They mark the first time this offseason the Chargers' offense is permitted to compete against the defense in team drills under the collective bargaining agreement.
"I want to become a starter," Addae, 24, said. "That's one of my goals. ...