Every season, there are players who break out onto the scene who may not have been dominant the season before, whether they had limited snaps, dealt with an injury or just improved as a player in the offseason. This is the first story in a five-part series counting down the top Chargers players who I believe are most likely to have a breakout season in 2021.
Cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. agreed to terms with the Chargers a few days ago and he was joined in signing his rookie deal by four other members of the team’s draft class. The team announced that fifth-round offensive lineman Brenden Jaimes, sixth-round linebacker Nick Niemann, sixth-round running back Larry Rountree, and seventh-round defensive back Mark [more]
For all the hard work that comes with becoming a college football player in a Division I power conference, and then being drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft, there is one series of moments that Asante Samuel Jr. points to as being the key to who he is. That came when he was 14 and his mother, Candace Doe, came back from the doctor after a week of dizzy spells and announced to her family that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.