A season-ending Atari Bigby groin injury, a season-ending Darrell Stuckey hamstring injury, and an Eric Weddle concussion in the same game were what it took last year for Marcus Gilchrist to see snaps at safety.

The switch from cornerback was fourth-quarter desperation.

This year, it's design.

The Chargers plan to take a long look at Gilchrist in the safety role, where there is belief the position could prove his best fit. He's seen some reps there this offseason during the team's voluntary workout program, the third-year veteran recently confirmed.

As positions go, Gilchrist isn't picky.

“Wherever I can help the team,” he said in a phone interview. “If that means playing corner and helping the team, then that's where I'll be. If it means safety, that's where I'll be. Wherever the coaches feel I can help the team best.”

An argument can be made for either spot. That said, Gilchrist would add some needed NFL experience at safety.

Five are listed on the roster. Of the four not named Weddle, the group has combined for 51 career NFL defensive snaps, or fewer than the snap total of an average game.

Brandon Taylor, a 2012 third-round choice, accounts for 40 of those reps but is rehabbing from January surgery to repair a torn ACL, putting his status for the July start of training camp in question. The other safeties are special teams ace Stuckey, second-year vet Sean Cattouse and Jahleel Addae, an undrafted rookie from Central Michigan.