San Diego Chargers sign OT Kenny Wiggins, Release OT Nick Becton

Thearon W. Henderson

The day before facing the Miami Dolphins, the San Diego Chargers have signed a brand new backup offensive tackle and released the guy he's replacing.

Here's some news from the San Diego Chargers:

The San Diego Chargers have signed tackle Kenny Wiggins from their practice squad, the team announced today.

The 6-6, 314-pounder is a first-year player from Fresno State who was signed to the team's practice squad on Sept. 2.

A native or Elk Grove, California, Wiggins signed with San Francisco as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He was released at the end of his rookie training camp and later spent five weeks on Baltimore's practice squad. He re-signed with the 49ers in 2012 and spent the entire '12 season on San Francisco's practice squad. Wiggins went to training camp again with San Francisco in 2013, but was released at the end of training camp.

Wiggins wears No. 72.

To make room for Wiggins on the active roster, the Chargers waived rookie tackle Nick Becton.

Sooooo, the team signed one undrafted rookie tackle to replace another undrafted rookie tackle? Alright then.

I liked Nick Becton, specifically his pass-blocking, but I'm assuming he lacked the strength to be an effective backup right tackle. With D.J. Fluker at left tackle this weekend, and Jeromey Clary starting at right tackle, the team's #1 backup tackle needs to be able to play either position. Let's hope Wiggins is up to the task.


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