The San Diego Chargers, who seemingly have more than enough cornerbacks on the roster after spending much of the offseason worried about the position, have signed another cornerback today.
Lowell Rose spent last season with the San Francisco 49ers after they signed him as an undrafted free agent rookie. He was signed and released by the Jets earlier this year as well.
So, is this camp fodder? Possibly. The one thing that Rose brings to the table that the rest of the CBs on the roster don't is size. At 6'1" and 195 lbs., Rose is sized more like a big safety than a cornerback, which explains his less-than-stellar times at the NFL Scouting Combine last year.
Rose excels at tackling and zone coverage, which could potentially make him a fit for John Pagano's defense, and had a very good career at Tulsa after transferring from UCLA (where he made the team as a walk-on before getting injured).
If we think of Rose as more of a hybrid S/CB, this signing makes a ton of sense.
Rose can act as an insurance policy in case Darrell Stuckey gets injured, but also possibly someone that could fight for a roster spot with Alden Darby and Marcus Gilchrist. Like those guys, Rose is more of a safety that can come up and play nickel cornerback, or possibly someone to keep on the roster if the team is facing a bigger WR that excels against smaller DBs. He's also seen as something of a special teams standout.