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Brandon Taylor tore his ACL Week 16 against the Jets and the Chargers will be forced to wait and see how Taylor responds to surgery. Taylor did not see much playing time in 2012 before his injury, so the Chargers were not quite able to get a read on how much of a factor he will be once he is healthy.
The Chargers hope that Taylor’s sophomore year will mirror Donald Butler’s sophomore year. Butler missed his entire rookie year due to injury but was able to learn the defense and is now one of the best inside linebackers in the AFC. Taylor can use this offseason to watch a lot of film as well as complete his rehab process.
Once Taylor returns to practice and eventually game action, he will need to show much better field awareness in order to be considered an every down safety. Meanwhile, the Chargers are stuck in a tough position as they try and figure out their safety position. If Taylor is able to return by training camp, he should be a starter alongside Eric Weddle. Taylor has the ability to be great, but it will come down to his knee and his field awareness.