New York Giants: Five players on defense who could surprise in camp

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No. 5 – Sean Chandler, safety

There is plenty to like about Sean Chandler. First of all, he’s a local kid from Camden, NJ who overcame more obstacles than most, such as being homeless through the seventh grade, to earn his scholarship to Temple University.

While playing college ball, Chandler started his career as a corner before moving to safety for his final two seasons. His mental toughness, work ethic, and leadership ability makes him a well-respected presence in the locker room. On a rebuilding team, that’s very important.

Chandler made the team as an undrafted free agent last year and played in all 16 games. Now he’s ready to make some noise for this young defense. As a safety, he’s good enough to guard against most tight ends but struggles against faster players. Additionally, Chandler has to improve on his ability to read the quarterback. Because he isn’t very fast, it’s important for him to up his understanding of the game.

On the plus side, the safety has worked hard to continually improved his technique. Chandler is adept at taking on ball carriers at the point of attack. He’ll come up to the line of scrimmage and make plays. Additionally, he’s got no problem earning his stripes on special teams.