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Chargers’ Anthony Lynn thinks Derwin James moved around well in practice

Anthony Lynn, Derwin James

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James has been out for the entire season due to a foot injury, but he is back at practice and is aiming to make his debut against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Head coach Anthony Lynn provided some good news on that front on Friday, saying that James looked good on the practice field:

“I thought he moved around well,” said Lynn, according to Gilbert Manzano of The Los Angeles Daily News. “The change-of-direction, quickness, tackling and the physicality of the game is just something that he hasn’t done in a long time.”

Back in August, it was revealed that James had been dealing with a stress fracture in his right foot, an injury he had been managing since his days at Florida State. He underwent surgery and was placed on the injury reserve list on Sept. 1.

James was originally selected by the Chargers in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He played in every game during his rookie campaign and was terrific, racking up 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and 13 passes defended en route to a Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The 23-year-old was expected to play a critical role in Los Angeles’ defense this season, but obviously, he has not gotten the chance until now, and with the Bolts sitting at 4-7 with just five games left to play, it’s probably too late for him to make a genuine impact.

The Chargers, who won 12 games a year ago, have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season.