Derwin James
Derwin James
24-Year-Old SafetyS
Los Angeles Chargers
IR
Injury Knee - Meniscus
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There were few players more anticipated than James leading up to the 2019 season after earning All-Pro honors as a rookie, but a preseason stress fracture in his foot held him out until the final five games. Through 21 career contests, James' per-snap tackle rate puts his 1,000-snap projection to 105 stops, which incidentally was the tackle total he posted from his rookie year on 1,026 snaps. That's enough to make him a likely top-12 defensive back IDP, but the hope is that he'll provide sack and interception production like he did in his rookie year, when he made 3.5 sacks and intercepted three passes. Basically, it's reasonable to expect James to return to the production from 2018, when he was one of the top IDPs among defensive backs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $12.39 million contract with the Chargers in June of 2018.
Heads to injured reserve
SLos Angeles Chargers
Knee - Meniscus
September 2, 2020
The Chargers placed James (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
For the second year in a row, James has incurred a season-ending injury, this time a meniscus issue in his right knee that will require surgery. In his place, the Chargers will entrust Rayshawn Jenkins with starting duties at strong safety.
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Measurables Review
How do Derwin James' measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
132 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Everyone knew it made no sense when James fell to the 17th pick of last year's draft, and it looks like the Chargers lucked into a generational talent. James' rookie season couldn't have been any better, as he piled up his triple-digit tackles and noteworthy playmaking stats (3.5 sacks and three picks) while providing strong work in coverage. A foot fracture suffered in August will cost him the early part of the 2019 campaign, but the Chargers hope to get James back at some point during the regular season.
James fell to the No. 17 pick in the most recent draft, but he's one of the best safety prospects in years and will almost certainly make teams regret passing on him. At 6-2, 215, James is a high-motor defender with 4.47 speed and a 40-inch vertical. There's a three-down role up for grabs with the Chargers now that Tre Boston is gone, and it would be shocking if James didn't claim it immediately. James posted 84 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games last year for Florida State.
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Out for season
SLos Angeles Chargers
Knee - Meniscus
August 31, 2020
James (knee) is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his knee and is expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 months, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Will miss significant time
SLos Angeles Chargers
Knee - Meniscus
August 30, 2020
James (knee) is expected to miss significant time due to a meniscus injury in his right knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Strains hamstring
SLos Angeles Chargers
Hamstring
August 30, 2020
James suffered a hamstring strain Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Exits with injury
SLos Angeles Chargers
Undisclosed
August 30, 2020
James left Sunday's practice with an injury, walking off the field to the trainer's tent, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Injury ruins 2019 campaign
SLos Angeles Chargers
January 28, 2020
James finished the 2019 season with 34 tackles (23 solo) and a pass defended across five games.
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