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Derwin James participates in team drills Monday

The lightweight linebacker has shown gradual improvement in team drills over the past few weeks.

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Secure the Chargers’ Defense As the start of the season approaches, Derwin James Jr. will be asked to take on more responsibilities.

Eric Smith of the team’s official website reported that James was more involved in Monday’s team drills than he had been the previous week.

During a “hold-in” that lasted 14 practices while contract negotiations took place, James only participated in walk-throughs. On Wednesday, the All-Pro sealed the deal on a four-year, $76.4 million contract, making him the highest-paid safety in the league.

The rest of the way back, he participated in individual drills.

In a press conference last week, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley stated that Week 1 readiness for James is the primary objective. James will sit out the exhibition season.

Since being drafted by the Chargers at No. 17 overall in 2018, James has racked up 257 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles.

James Derwin practices with the team. Originally published on Pro Football Talk on Monday