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New faces in new places for Chargers


Former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox has singed a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox has singed a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Chargers signed former Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox to a four-year, $20 million contract ($10.25 guaranteed) in the offseason. The knock on Cox is that he hasn’t started 16 games since his rookie season in 2009 and has missed at least three games in each of the last three years due to injuries. The Chargers will need him to stay healthy as the other cornerback position is expected to be manned by former third-round pick Shareece Wright, who has never started an NFL game.

Expectations were high for Wright last season after a strong performance in training camp. However, Wright suffered a high ankle sprain on the opening kickoff in last year’s season opener against the Raiders. His snaps were limited the rest of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for him to be where he’s at right now, so he’s making the most out of every rep he gets,” Mike McCoy said. (Secondary coach) Ron Milus has spent a lot of time working with him and really just fine-tuning his game and understanding, ‘hey, these opportunities don’t come around very often so you’ve got to make the most of it.’”