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Chargers sign DE Joe Gaziano to practice squad

The Northwestern all-time sack leader is back with the Bolts.

NFL: AUG 24 Chargers Training Camp Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After initially cutting him last week, the Chargers have re-signed defensive end Joe Gaziano to their practice squad.

Gaziano was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern following this year’s draft. He graduated NW as the school’s all-time leader in sacks with 30 on top of a whopping 48.5 tackles-for-loss. Although his best year statistically was in 2019, where he notched nine sacks, Gaziano earned a pair of Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in both the 2017 and 2018 season while leading the conference in sacks in ‘17.

Prior to final cuts, many Chargers reporters predicted Gaziano would be one of the few UDFAs with a decent chance of making the final 53. He was surprisingly let go but this move shows us all of our gut feelings weren’t totally unjustified. Gaziano provides potential inside-outside flexibility with his size and according to his former college teammates, he’s one smart cookie when it comes to the game of football.