Chargers S Brandon Taylor returns to practice

San Diego Chargers safety Brandon Taylor has been activated from the physically unable-to-perform list and returned to practice after tearing his ACL in December.

Taylor tore his ACL in a game against the New York Jets in his first career start when his foot got caught on the turf as a Jets linemen shoved the second-year player.

Taylor, who hasn’t played a snap of football since December, knows he has to ease back into it.

I know I just can’t go out there and be where I was,” Brandon Taylor said. “I’ve got to get my mind back and physically as far as technique, fundamentals, getting back into plays mentally and really just getting back to the speed of the game. Not being out there during OTAs, minicamp, it’s a lot to get used to

In Taylor’s absence, cornerback Marcus Gilchrist has been manning the strong safety position in practice, and quite well at that. Even though Taylor is back at practice, he was limited to individual drills. I would still expect Gilchrist to be the starter for the first couple weeks while Taylor is returning to football form.