The San Diego Chargers have added three players via the waiver wire after the initial 53 player cuts were made yesterday.
Chargers claimed DB Pierre Desir (Browns), DT Caraun Reid (Lions), RB Andre Williams (Giants).— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 4, 2016
CB Pierre Desir was a fourth round pick for the Browns in 2014 out of Lindenwood college. The corner comes in having played in 19 games, starting 7 of them and amassing 38 tackles and seven passes defensed. Something of a draft community favorite on twitter, some had him going as high as the second round leading up to the draft. He adds something that this CB group is noticeably lacking, size. He comes in at 6’2” and 206 pounds, a full 3 inches taller than any other corner currently on the roster. Apparently, Desir recently has seen time practicing at the safety position before being cut by the Browns.
Caraun Reid, DT, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 draft by the Detroit Lions. The 302 pound Defensive Tackle has played in 26 games, with 12 starts coming all last season. He has racked up 26 tackles and two sacks in his short career in Detroit, at times backing up veteran all-pro tackle Haloti Ngata. Some believe that he could potentially move to the five-tech spot on the line, playing DE in three down lineman sets. This would make a ton of sense if that’s the case, considering the lack of depth along the DL.
The Chargers adding a running back with some experience was expected by many. Andre Williams, fourth round selection in the 2014 draft by the New York Giants, figures to be that player. In his two-year career, he has nearly 1,000 yards and scored eight touchdowns in mostly backup duty. He had seven starts in 2014, averaging 3.3 yards per carry and scoring seven of his TD’s. His career yards per carry is a bit of a concern at only 3.2, but with only one fumble in over 300 carries, there is a silver lining there.
None of the Chargers’ players waived in the final cuts were claimed by any other team, making them all free agents.