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Chargers to sign WR John Hurst to practice squad

Hurst known for potential on special teams.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Official now. Derrick Gore is back, as well.

The Chargers are already making moves to improve the special teams unit less than 24 hours after the loss to Miami, one that included numerous gaffes in the third phase of the game.

Greg Auman, who covers the Buccaneers for The Athletic, reported on Monday afternoon that the Chargers are signing 2020 undrafted free agent wideout John Hurst to their practice squad. Hurst initially made the Bucs’ final 53-man roster to begin the 2020 season after going undrafted out of West Georgia University.

Per Auman, Hurst made the Bucs initial roster due to his prowess on special teams as a “gunner.” In other words, he was valuable as a guy who could run down and cover kicks. Seeing as the Chargers have struggled all season when it comes to limiting kick and punt return yardage, it’s no surprise the Bolts are leaving no stone unturned in the search for players who can help turn around one of the worst units in the league.

Hurst spent five years at West Georgia, including a redshirt year in 2015. As a senior, Hurst caught 40 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the First-Team All-GSC squad. He finished his time in college with 77 reception for 1,242 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. In May of 2020, Hurst was named to the West Georgia All-Decade team of the 2010s.