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Los Angeles Chargers' pick Derwin James feels '100 percent'

James, who turns 22 Friday, told reporters that he injured his hamstring a week before camp opened while training on his own.


Reuters 02 Aug 2018, 10:58 PM

Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick Derwin James said he felt "100 percent" during his first training camp practice on Thursday after being activated off the non-football injury list.

James, who turns 22 Friday, told reporters that he injured his hamstring a week before camp opened while training on his own. The safety missed four days of practices before making his camp debut.

"Feels great to be back out here playing football," James said. "I feel like I was ready Monday, but it's an ongoing process. You never know with those soft-tissue injuries. I know [the team] got my back, they only want what's best for me.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said James probably could have returned earlier, but the team wanted to take it slow. James took about two-thirds of his normal reps on Thursday.

"He looked comfortable," Lynn said. "This is one of those situations where we don't want something to linger so we're being overly cautious.

"...He's a good-looking safety. It's just good to see him back out there because he had such a good offseason and just a minor setback at the end."

James is expected to start immediately while playing a variety of roles in coordinator Gus Bradley's Cover-3 heavy defence.

The Chargers took him 17th overall in April's draft after he racked up 84 tackles (5.5 for loss) two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 11 passes defended in his final year at Florida State.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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