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Chargers 90-in-90: DT T.Y. McGill

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Last year, defensive tackle T.Y. McGill was with the Chargers for 10 games while having also played in a pair of games with the Philadelphia Eagles in between stints with the Bolts. In those two games, he also tallied more total tackles than he did his entire time in Los Angeles (three with Eagles, two with Chargers).

McGill has already been around the league since going undrafted following the 2015 NFL Draft. He was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks but was let go in final cuts. He was then picked up by the Indianapolis Colts where he would spend the next two years of his career.

After being cut by the Colts, McGill signed with the Cleveland Browns and spent most of the season on the active roster before being cut and signed to the practice squad in December of 2017.

After the 2017 season came to a close, McGill would go on to sign a reserve/future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The day after he was let go by KC on September 1st, the Chargers scooped him up for his first stint with the team. Two months, he was waived. The Eagles then took a chance on him but he was cut after failing his physical. A month later, he was re-signed and played in those aforementioned two games before being waived again.

FINALLY.....he was re-signed by the Chargers in late Novemeber where he played a minimal role down the final stretch of the season.

Basic Info

Height: 6-0
Weight: 299
College: North Carolina State
Experience: 4
Years with team: 1

Contract Status

T.Y. McGill signed a 2 year, $1,525,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, including an average annual salary of $762,500. In 2019, McGill will earn a base salary of $805,000, while carrying a cap hit of $805,000.” -

The Good

McGill’s greatest asset to the Chargers thus far has likely been the intel collected from his short stint with the Chiefs. At 6-foot-1 and hovering around 300 pounds, he offers some flexibility at the 1 and 3-technique.

For his career, McGill has 23 tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble.

The Bad

The biggest thing that obviously stands out in McGill’s resume is that he can’t seem to stick with any team for too long. His longest stint was with the Colts from 2015-17 but an injury unfortunately derailed the momentum he had going in Indy.

With the recent selections of defensive tackles Jerry Tillery and Cortez Broughton in this year’s NFL, there’s a very high chance that McGill gets relegated to the practice squad unless the team decides to keep six interior defenders for some drastic reason.

Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2019

His odds aren’t looking good, Cotton. McGill offers no athletic upside along the defensive interior and there are some real young studs waiting in the wings that are stronger/faster/etc.

He will likely get stashed on the practice squad as the first emergency plan should one or two of the players ahead of him succumb to an injury. Regardless of his actual playing experience, he is a guy who has “been there” and still holds some knowledge that could be beneficial to younger players at the position.

Fun Fact: While McGill was still at North Carolina State, he hosted 2018 third-round pick, Justin Jones on his official visit with the Wolfpack.