The next Chargers player in our line of 90-in-90 profiles is second-year safety Roderic Teamer.
Teamer was truly thrust into a “trial by fire” as a rookie after he just scarcely made the team as an undrafted free agent due to starter Derwin James injuring his foot towards the end of a preseason joint-practice with the New Orleans Saints.
The New Orleans native was a four-year contributor at Tulane who toped his collegiate career of with 73-tackle, 5-pass breakup, one-interception campaign.
In his first season with the Chargers, Teamer played in seven games with six starts. He finished with 40 total tackles, one for a loss, one sack, two pass breakups, and a single interception.
Years with team: 1
“Roderic Teamer signed a 3 year, $1,757,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including a $2,000 signing bonus, $2,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $585,667. In 2020, Teamer will earn a base salary of $675,000, while carrying a cap hit of $675,666 and a dead cap value of $1,334.” - Spotrac.com
As an undrafted player trying to fill the shoes of a top-5 safety in the league, Teamer was serviceable as a third-stringer just trying to make enough plays to not let the team down. He took his lumps as expected, but he certainly improved on a week-by-week basis. His best game came against the Chicago Bears in a nail-biter that came down to a missed field goal by Cody Parkey. Teamer finished with a career-high nine tackles and a pass breakup.
Chargers safety Roderic Teamer had big shoes to fill when Derwin James and Adrian Phillips went out with injuries. It was a rocky start at first, but the undrafted rookie has made strides on a weekly basis since then: https://t.co/qvVKRjTAAP pic.twitter.com/nhC8wG9oVx— Gavino Borquez (@GavinoBorquez) October 25, 2019
Like I mentioned above, Teamer struggled in the first few starts of career. One multiple occasions in week three against the Houston Texans, there were obvious communication errors that led to multiple touchdowns for seldomly-used tight ends Jordan Akins and Darren Fells.
Pro Football Reference has Teamer having gave up 15 receptions on 19 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown, which means he allowed a 78.9 completion percentage when he was targeted. That number does show that maybe one of those touchdowns versus Houston wasn’t technically his fault, but the film certainly might say otherwise. Either way, the numbers aren’t good, but again, he was a rookie UDFA. No sense in harping on it too much.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2020?
With the vacancy left by Adrian Phillips from him heading to New England in free agency, I think Teamer likely fills the second slot behind James at the strong safety position. There’s a chance that sixth-round pick Alohi Gilman wins that spot instead, but even so, I think Teamer still makes this team as a depth piece for a defense that utilizes more defensive backs than a normal person can keep track of.
Fun Fact: Teamer majored in Homeland Security while at Tulane.