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Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky had some good moments Monday night in his first NFL start.

Feb
07

The Chargers went on the road to beat the Giants for their first victory of the season. But after playing in front of opposing teams’ fans at StubHub Center, does it even make a difference where they play?

One of them was not the late interception that he threw to set up the Vikings’ winning FG. No one should have expected any miracles right away. This will be a long process with ups and downs. But Trubisky provided enough glimpses of his talent to believe he just might get there eventually.

The Shrine Game this year will feature multiple second- and third-round picks, including a pair of defensive backs that at one time were considered first-round prospects: the FBS’s all-time sack leader, and a Memphis quarterback with plenty of NFL starting potential.

Reports from Optimum Scouting staff members Dan Matney, Ben Natan, Filip Prus and Christian Page are used in this ranking of the top 20 players at this year’s East-West Shine Game.

A rare senior standout for a usually sophomore- and junior-loaded Ohio State secondary, Webb is a converted cornerback with awesome athleticism and versatility. He is fluid enough to hold up in man coverage at the next level, and he possesses the traits to patrol the middle of the field in a Cover 3 scheme, too.

For as talented as he is in coverage, Webb’s best skills might be as a tackler. He flies downhill and displays good body control when he’s at this top speed. He will look to show that during Shrine Game practices.

The New England Patriots have happier memories, of course, but all they need do is look at the 283 gems (get it?) in their Super Bowl rings. So forgive the Falcons if some Patriots have established residence in the recesses of their minds since February, a situation that only makes the rematch Sunday night in Gillette Stadium more interesting.jaguars_043