The Los Angeles Chargers have high hopes heading into the 2021 NFL season and could see a major boost on defense from rookie Asante Samuel Jr. The No. 47 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft turned some heads at training camp by completely locking down star wide receiver Keenan Allen 1-on-1.
Samuel Jr. stayed on Allen throughout his route and never allowed the veteran pass-catcher to gain separation. He didn't fall for the flurry of moves Allen put on and ended the play by breaking up a pass attempt right on top of him. The 21-year-old sent the spectators in attendance into a roar of approval.
The former Florida State Seminole is fighting to play his way into a starting role after showcasing his skills across three college seasons. Overall, Samuel Jr. racked up 71 tackles, 29 pass breakups and 4 interceptions in a total of 31 games played at the NCAA level.
Reports out of practice claim the young rookie isn't shying away from taking on the tougher assignments and wants to improve in any way he can. That is exactly what Chargers fans should be wanting to hear.
The coaching staff has employed Samuel Jr. on the outside as well as the slot corner position and could move him around in the preseason to really see what he is all about. The team is looking to keep up its pass defense efficiency after allowing just 223.6 yards per game through the air in 2020 (No. 9 in NFL).
The Chargers have odds set at +126 to make the playoffs and odds set at +330 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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